As reported last week, the casting search continues for the new Star Trek movie. The focus for the search for a new Scotty is in London where it appears they are casting a wide net to find a new chief engineer for J.J. Abrams Star Trek. The latest name to be thrown into the ring is 24 year old Scottish actor Martin Compston (pictured right), best known for his role on the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen. The UK’s Daily Record cites friends of Compston’s saying he has had callbacks, but also notes that he is up against a lot of competition and that he may look too young for the part. Just last week the same newspaper cited friends of 38 year old Scottish comedic actor Greg Hemphill (pictured left) saying he too had auditioned for the role. Their names join James McAvoy’s for those who have been rumored to be in the running, but there are undoubtedly many more who don’t have friends talking to the media.
Picking a new Scotty is a tricky business. It will be difficult to find someone to fill the shoes of James Doohan without ending up sounding cartoonish. It is a good sign that Paramount are going to the trouble to do casting and auditions in the UK and not limiting their pool to just Los Angeles and New York actors. The casting sheet calls for an actor who can do a ‘flawless’ Scottish accent and so it only makes sense for them to find an actual Scot. However time is running out, production is set to start in two months.