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The Search For (a) Scot Continues September 7, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

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.

Comments

1. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

Get somebody who CAN ACT!!!!!!!!!

2. Sleeper Agent X - September 7, 2007

My prediction: the new Scotty will wear a breazy kilt as part of his uniform, for “authenticity!”

3. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

No, I think when Scotty is asked if his family has a history of violence, he’ll reply, “Ach, no, we’ve never kilt anyone!!”

4. CmdrR. - September 7, 2007

Naive Yeoman: “Sir, what is worn under your kilt?”
Scotty: “Las, I assure you that everything under my kilt is in perfect workin’ order.”

A 24 year old Scotty? I’d rather get the bald guy.

5. IrishTrekkie - September 7, 2007

your stereotypical scottish comments are just offensive. lol

6. Scott Gammans - September 7, 2007

I still think James McAvoy would be a marvelous Scotty. Who cares if he’s two years younger than Zachary Quinto? I don’t. No matter how much it makes the collective teeth of fanboys grind, “Star Trek” isn’t going to be a 1:1 replica of the original series. I’d rather have a great actor who’s on the young side than a so-so one who’s the “correct” age.

7. CmdrR. - September 7, 2007

Scotty has to be old enough to order no-line extras to:
-disconnect the M-5
-check the relays (after Lee Meriwether’s already killed a couple other red shirts)
-take the ‘other’ platform after setting the transporter to recycle for 78 years

8. Finnegan - September 7, 2007

@ 1: Harry Balitz
That’s the point. That’s all that really matters: to find someone who can act!!

I think James McAvoy would be a good choice to play the part, although he doesn’t look much like James Doohan.

9. My Vote... - September 7, 2007

http://www.moviewavs.com/0095461785/MP3S/Movies/Austin_Powers_In_Goldmember/diaper.mp3

10. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 7, 2007

Oy Ve

11. Craig - September 7, 2007

That’s what I don’t understand. It’s 2 months until shooting and they dont have the rest of the cast yet? I would also think they would do announcement soon for the new Kirk like how they did the new Spock. If Shanter is in the movie they would bring out the new Kirk and then Shatner.

12. Big E - September 7, 2007

One looks too young, the other too old (unless he wears a wig)

13. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

At this point they’d HAVE to cast unknowns, as anybody with a NAME would have other commitments this Fall and thus be unavailable!

14. M&M - September 7, 2007

Did they actually ever explicit say that Kirk would be in the movie? i can’t remember (but my brain’s not the best…)
if not, then it would be logical that Kirk won’t be in the movie. Spock’s already cast, now they are doing the “minor” roles. You would expect Kirk to be the most important and therefore first to be cast! And as the young Spock is in the movie, they had no problem to put in the old one. But as the old Kirk does not really seem to fit into the movie, there might be not young Kirk as well?

15. CmdrR. - September 7, 2007

M&M, there’s a little movie called Star Trek: Generations. Everyone in here loves it, and cherishes it as canon, as well as fine cinema. Perhaps you’d like to give it a viewing, as it explains the question of Kirk’s place in the universe.

16. Finnegan - September 7, 2007

@ 14. M&M
Hmm, i think it is indeed possible! I just read some rumours about the plot (Romulans, Time Travel, Kirk never been born…). But a Star Trek (TOS) movie without James Kirk? Are they nuts?????

17. YUBinit - September 7, 2007

#15 Well that gibberish that was The Nexus also had Ghinan there who we all know was on the Entrerprise D. ;)

18. Etha Williams - September 7, 2007

#11 — “That’s what I don’t understand. It’s 2 months until shooting and they dont have the rest of the cast yet?”

It’s possible that the rest of the cast (Scotty, Uhura, etc) have only small roles in the film. I do feel like they need to cast younger Kirk, or some other character, because I don’t see how they could do much shooting with only Nimoy & Quinto cast…there’s got to be at least 1 other main character.

19. Tino - September 7, 2007

^16 > I doubt they’d make a movie with a parallel universe in which Kirk isn’t born. In my opinion, that’s just too deep into Star Trek and won’t have any effect on new people watching the movie. I mean, if they never knew about Kirk, how will they understand why it’s so important to change time to get him back?

20. M&M - September 7, 2007

@#16, Finnegan: Well, I KNOW ST:VII. So what? Kirk’s in the Nexus? What’s that got to do with a Prequel taking place long before TOS? Kirk is killed, so he can’t come back after that (in a canon-embracing way), but i tried to find another explanation..

21. FlyingTigress - September 7, 2007

Now, is there such a thing as a flawless “generic” Scots accent? Or, is it like looking for a flawless “American” accent (not midwestern, New Englander, variety of southern dialects, Scandinavian upper midwestern, historic “Warshingtonian” LOL, etc.)

22. Finnegan - September 7, 2007

@ 20 M&M
HEY!!! I DIDN’T mention Star Trek VII. What are you talking about?? I think Message-No. 15 CmdR mentions Kirk in Star Trek VII.

23. Minnesota Bruin - September 7, 2007

If you want a real actor, I suggest Kevin McKidd. He’s fantastic!!
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0571727/

24. pizza hotdog - September 7, 2007

Not much time left to get the cast in order. They start shooting next month.
Can’t wait to hear “beam me up Scotty….”, “energizing….” add applicable TOS transporter sound. The idea just gives me goose bumps.

475 dtST

25. Lao3D - September 7, 2007

23. He is a great actor, no question, but the role might be too second-banana for him career-wise now. I definitely could see him glowering over his poor, over-strained engines though…

26. snake - September 7, 2007

maybe young kirk is only gonna be seen near the end and is gonna be a 1960s shatner?

27. Sleeper Agent X - September 7, 2007

Re 26:

You mean through the all-powerful magic of CGI? C’mon!!!!!

28. FlyingTigress - September 7, 2007

#23

From imdb

“Left a university course in engineering”

Woo-hoo! We’ve got a winner!

29. THX-1138 - September 7, 2007

#16
Speaking of Finnegan (if there is going to be a Finnegan in the movie), after watching the LOTR trilogy last night, I thought that either Dominic Monaghan or Billy Boyd would be well cast as the pugnacious antagonist.

30. snake - September 7, 2007

and b4 any1 says ‘what about sequels?’ …well maybe this is just a 1shot deal to get trek back on track..and after they do a film or tv show with another crew…

31. CmdrR. - September 7, 2007

22-Finnegan
Your earlier post appears to have tried to make a connection between No Old Kirk and No Young Kirk.
Young (well middle-aged) Kirk bit the dust in VII. I was drawing attention to that much-maligned movie.
I don’t think a lack of Old Kirk to go with Old Spock means anything other than they haven’t signed Shatner. I think JJ has indeed said that the bulk of the movie is about Kirk and Spock.
As for why we haven’t been told who’s up for playing Kirk, I think that’s the same reason we can’t drive right up to a prime parking space at Paramount. I suspect there are one or more actors in final stage negotiations to play Kirk, and are in fact prepping for the part. I think these are tough casting decisions because no matter how small the supporting actors are in ST, there are at least two other movies in the works. I’m sure Paramount would like to retain a single core cast.
And, as always, I meant no offense with my snarky tone. I just like to get folks in her talking.

32. Buckaroohawk - September 7, 2007

Yeesh, they do seem to be running down to the wire with casting these roles, don’t they? Even if they don’t start shooting until November, that only leaves about two months to firm up the cast, break down the script, do at least one cast reading, followed by a quick script polish. Add costume fittings, make-up tests, set construction, and publicity photos to that and you’ve got a lot to do and very little time to do it. And none of the above even figures in other (possibly new) characters we haven’t heard about yet.

And if they should start filming in November, there will be a break for Thanksgiving, then a longer one for the December holidays and New Year’s. Oy!

All of a sudden this project has gone from “when is it gonna happen?” to “why haven’t they started already?” I’m desperate for some concrete scoop on this movie other than casting. I’d love to see some of the set and costume designs, even just a few drawings. Maybe just a hint at what the Enterprise will look like. They MUST know some of this by now, don’t they?

I know they want to keep a lot of this secret, especially the script. Fine, I don’t mind being surprised by the story. I’m okay with that. Just please, please, PLEASE give us a little taste of what this film might look like!

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller…

33. snake - September 7, 2007

its depressing 2 think the shat will b 80 in a couple years. Time is the fire in which we burn…

34. Finnegan - September 7, 2007

@31-CmdR
Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t want to make a connection between No Old Kirk and No Young Kirk. All I wanted to say was that, after they cast a young Spock and a young Chekov, I can’t imagine a Star Trek Movie without a YOUNG Kirk. So I also think they WILL cast a young Kirk.

35. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

With Nimoy being 76, maybe they’ve stacked most of his scenes to be filmed up front, so that they can be sure they’ve got it “in the can” before filming the rest of the movie. No sense in spending a lot of money in making a movie involving an elderly Spock, only to find he’s no longer around to take part in it. That would afford the producers the luxury of taking their time in casting a young James Kirk! Hollywood may not have a heart, but they ARE pragmatic enough to probably take this approach!

36. sean - September 7, 2007

#30

Quinto has stated the actors are signing a 3 picture deal.

37. Heywood Jablome - September 7, 2007

Jack Nicholson as Mugatu. He’s perfect.

38. CmdrR. - September 7, 2007

Off subject, but a well-loved cousin…

GeekMonthly.com actually has a new graph of stuff on it.
After, what? 2 months?

39. snake - September 7, 2007

harry ballz – I feel like kicking u in the ballz for that statement

40. Oceanhopper - September 7, 2007

They should ask Dick Van Dyke. Him having done so well with the Cockney accent in Mary Poppins and all… ;-)

41. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

Hey, don’t take my comment the wrong way! I love Leonard Nimoy, but can you imagine the cost of the insurance premium to the producers, based on the logic that if Mr. Nimoy can’t complete his part in the movie for ANY reason, the insurance company would have to cough up millions!

42. THX-1138 - September 7, 2007

Harry, what do ya think snake’s on about?

43. snake - September 7, 2007

harry ballz gonna get his ballz wacked for sayin Lennys gonna b wacked.

44. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

Hey Snake, I love Leonard Nimoy and hope he lives to be 107! I’m only pointing out that the insurance company for the film will charge a HUGE premium to cover Nimoy for his time while filming, since the whole movie requires his involvement. I was commenting on practical concerns, not what I hope will happen!

45. THX-1138 - September 7, 2007

Dude, that’s just whack.

46. Kev-1 - September 7, 2007

I wonder how close this can be to the original series; can’t see either one of these gentlemen as seasoned chief engineer. As for Kirk, whoever they pick won’t even be captain if the story holds, because he’s out of the picture until the timeline is fixed. And there is a “Federation Captain” part. But this is speculation about speculation. I’m expecting them to interpret TOS loosely.

47. pizza hotdog - September 7, 2007

Snake, relax. Harry’s comment was a pure hypothetical. There are a lot of people really excited about the new Trek movie. It appears to be a Spock-centric movie. No one but Mr. Nimoy could do this justice.

I too would be devistated if something were to happen to Mr. Nimoy before he could complete the movie. Harry was mentioning the possibility of the studio execs thinking about a contigency if their most important cast member were unable to perform. (Forgive me Harry if I am taking liberties with your post). With Mr. Nimoy’s age, I am sure this would have to be discussed is some part along the way.

Mr. Nimoy, if you’re reading this post, may you live long and prosper!

475 dtST

48. Anthony Pascale - September 7, 2007

i know that nimoy will do filming both at the beginning and at the end of the shoot

now calm down

49. VulcanBabe - September 7, 2007

*laughs* Alright, I too hope Nimoy will live long and prosper…but Harry’s got a point….he IS getting way too old…and he DID come out of retirement…

*SPOILERS WARNING*
As for Kirk…if anyone read the plot leak… it might be possible to make the movie without a young Kirk…since the whole point of the leaked plot is that Kirk will be taken out of existence.
Which, in my opinion, calls for an old Kirk–Shatner–but doesn’t necessarily have to have a young Kirk….or to put it bluntly, an actor that can do a good imitation of Shatner’s 60s Kirk.

50. JC - September 7, 2007

Star Trek :The Search for Scotty.

51. Fireoftime - September 7, 2007

“That’s what I don’t understand. It’s 2 months until shooting and they dont have the rest of the cast yet?”
-Craig – September 7, 2007

It could be that the other characters will have minimal screen time, so it may not be as pressing an issue for the producers.

And no doubt Shatner will disguise himself and read for the part of Kirk, lol…

52. Fireoftime - September 7, 2007

or better still, maybe Shatner will go in for the part of Scotty!

53. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

“Shatner will go in for the part of Scotty!”
What a great notion since he’s starting to look as rotund as Doohan did in STIV!
“Admiral, there be whales here!!”

54. Viking - September 7, 2007

I still say Paul McGillion is the perfect Scot(ty). If they can audition a pudgy, bald 38-year-old for the role, they could do worse than hire another 38-year-old that looks several years younger, can act, and at least bears a passing resemblance to Doohan in his younger years. Look at his gallery at imdb.com and tell me you don’t see him bitching at Kirk over the comm about his poor bairns.

C’mon, you know Uncle Viking’s right. SAY IT! SAY IT!

Ha. :D

55. Jeffrey S. Nelson - September 7, 2007

Give Chris Doohan a shot before the haggis is in the fire.

56. Gary Lee - September 7, 2007

How true is the rumor of time travel in the next Star Trek movie? It could be just flashbacks and Old Spock telling us the story about Kirk and Spock’s first mission on the Enterprise.

57. cd - September 7, 2007

I agree, Viking. Here are the picture links again that I posted August 5:

Paul McGillion / James Doohan

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/hh/0569295/iid_1162756.jpg.html?seq=11
http://www.badmovies.org/tvshows/startrek/scotty.jpg

Good resemblance and a real Scot!
Also, if they are in it: Phillip Baker Hall as Dr. Mark Piper and/or John Glover as Bones Boyce.

58. Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space - September 7, 2007

Ok, here’s the new Kirk:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1429242/

59. Kick - September 7, 2007

Ok, I have it. If this is gonna be about Kirk and Spock meeting, first mission and all, why not have Kirk’s grampa seeing him off as he takes command of the Enterprise? Shatner can play grampa, meet Spock, who thinks he’s in for a rough ride, if his new captain’s grampa is a modern Denny Crane type…

60. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

#58 “here’s the new Kirk”
Why not go back just a bit further and show Kirk as a sperm?

61. Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space - September 7, 2007

Mr. Ballz, you DID know that was humor, right? :D

I am pretty sure you did, but, um, just wanted to check. Humor is a difficult concept.

62. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA………that’s it, no more doobies, shooters or mushrooms for ME!

63. Harry Ballz - September 7, 2007

And what about poor Mugatu? Is he to be neglected in all of this??

64. Iowagirl - September 7, 2007

#14

I think the concept applied here is “to save the best for last” in order to make us stay to the end. Besides, it’s the far more favourized concept in most cultures…

65. Al - September 7, 2007

If you’d like to hear and see Greg Hemphill’s accent

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=E1H81Bdr9Cc

66. Barney - September 8, 2007

Greg Hemphill would do a good enough job, though he is a bit lanky. The idea of McKidd is growing on me, but not sure about his tv commitments.

67. Barney - September 8, 2007

Actually, just thinking about it, if Hemphill’s pal Ford Kiernan wasn’t such a pudding he’d make a damn good early Scotty, though he’s got the figure for the STIII onwards Scotty!

68. Dom - September 8, 2007

Of Monarch of the Glen actors, I’d have though Hamish Clark (Duncan McKay) would have been a better contender for Scotty. He’a about the same age as James Doohan at the start of TOS!

69. JC - September 8, 2007

Josh Duhamel for Kirk.

70. Al - September 8, 2007

Hemphill could borrow Shatner’s toupee though.

71. NCC-73515 - September 8, 2007

by the way: happy birthday, star trek!

72. JohnH - September 8, 2007

Come on James McAvoy has to be Scotty, he’ll be great

73. Ed - September 8, 2007

Wasn’t there always the impression that Scotty (and McCoy) were 5-10 years older than Kirk? If they’re looking for a young actor to play Kirk, (24-28). then shouldn’t Scotty be around 30ish?

74. Proto Mugato - September 8, 2007

I think JJ is just yanking our chain and already has a wrap on the casting. He just threw a PR bone to the fans with the Quinto announcement. It’s called ‘diversion’.

75. TJ - September 8, 2007

I’m with Viking, Paul McGillion is the PERFECT Scotty. Besides being a damn fine actor, in both comedy AND drama, he’s used to the technobabble having worked on Stargate: Atlantis for 3 years. He has a HUGE fanbase who succeed in forcing the producers of the aforementioned ‘Atlantis’ to resurrect his character they recently killed off…confirmed by NBC/Uni who put out a press release to that effect! AND he is a true Scot (born in Paisley, near Glasgow) and also Canadian (raised in Ontario…though went back to Paisley/Barhead for time during his teens) so thats a nice nod to Jimmy Doohan!

Last I heard they were still holding auditions (Daily Record ran the piece on Greg Hemphil a week or so ago). So I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Paul McG!

76. JCool - September 8, 2007

I hope james roday is NOT cast as Kirk.

77. Jace - September 8, 2007

greg hemphill in trek sketch

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Khrpy4V0-U4

78. THX-1138 - September 8, 2007

I have long been in the camp that would like to see Paul Mcgillion as Scotty. Jeez, based on looks alone(if that were a relevant casting issue) he would be perfect. Throw in all that TJ has pointed out and an intelligent, attractive, well-liked individual would think it’s a no brainer.

I mean seriously, go to #57 cd’s links and tell me you wouldn’t be pleased with Mcgillion as Monty. And the fellow can act. Harry, help me out here!

79. Al - September 8, 2007

That Hemphill sketch is a winner. Give him the role. People, do watch it.

80. Xai - September 8, 2007

I think all casting is nearly done and we are being spoon-fed tidbits to see reactions. Hired actors have signed a non-disclosure clause and are keeping their mouths shut. IMO
As for Shatner…who knows.

81. Navigator NCc-2120 USS Entente - September 8, 2007

How about Craig Ferguson, the host of “The Late Late Show”?

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/granitz/3668/Events/3668/CraigFergu_Grant_6141980_400.jpg.html?path=gallery&path_key=0437729

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0272401/

He is in is in his mid-forties, but he is from Scotland.

Navigator NCC-2120 USS Entente
/\

82. Harry Ballz - September 8, 2007

THX-1138 is absolutely correct in post #78 that Paul McGillion would be the perfect choice for Scotty. Everyone take a moment and go to the link at #57 to really study those photos of McGillion. What you have is a charismatic actor of Scottish origin, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Doohan, and the man CAN ACTUALLY ACT!!! To not cast this talented individual (who also enjoys a huge fanbase, by the way) as Scotty for a three-picture deal would be highly illogical!

83. Al - September 8, 2007

I disagree.

84. THX-1138 - September 8, 2007

#83
Why?

(thanks Harry)

85. Harry Ballz - September 8, 2007

#83 “I disagree”
Now, who can argue with logic like THAT??

86. THX-1138 - September 8, 2007

Yeah, Al, throw us a bone. You can hardly expect a decent debate with such a verbose diatribe as your display here.

For example:

I believe I am right due to my witty banter and grasp of authentic frontier gibberish. Harry is also correct due to his rakish good looks and suave demeanor. And that he and I agree.

Balls in your court, old fellow. What say you, Al?

87. Jeffrey S. Nelson - September 8, 2007

Mugatu may be too horny to play the Captain.

88. Harry Ballz - September 8, 2007

Al is a man of few words, and he just used both of them!

89. EdR - September 9, 2007

To Post 54, 57,and 82. I agree that Paul McGillion should be given a chance to play Scotty. He is the right age and Scotty was an older engineer , who helped on building the Enterprise Starship. Al’s hand slipped on the keyboard. He really meant to write not I DISAGREE, but IDIC

90. EdR - September 9, 2007

To Post 58, are you saying that Kirk gets Spanked by Spock? A different form of the ” Vulcan deathgrip “?

91. Shatner_Fan_2000 - September 9, 2007

#87 “Mugatu may be too horny to play the Captain.”

I thought that was a requirement for the role!

92. tim white - September 9, 2007

How about Colin Farrell as Kirk his 30 and he’s kooky like Shatner and Kirk. Colin Farrell vs bad guy Russell Crowe would be great match.

93. Al - September 9, 2007

Been away

Disagree because I think Paul McGillion is too identified with an existing SF franchise (I don’t like my ingredients mixed and Quinto will be a stretch,though the pointy ears will help a lot.)

94. Harry Ballz - September 9, 2007

So, based on that logic, Harrison Ford wasn’t plausible in Blade Runner because of Star Wars. Al, we’re all entitled to our respective views, and hey, whatever floats your boat, but I respectfully disagree…….

95. Cervantes ( nervously hoping J.J. doesn't miscast the 'Scotty' role... ) - September 10, 2007

…Balding, comedian actor Greg Hemphill?…too young looking Martin Compston?…I sure hope not… At this rate even James McAvoy is starting to seem okay for the role…and that’s not something I say lightly… Please don’t make it someone with a thick ‘Glaswegian’ accent whatever happens…

96. Dave Brillingers - September 10, 2007

Colin Farrell as Kirk I like it but Colin Farrell isn’t a unknown I thought it was unknown actors they wanted and big named actors for the villain?

97. acb - September 10, 2007

I heard a rumor that they are going to be doing an open casting call for McCoy and Kirk shortly, due to an apparent lack of not finding what they are looking for with the actors being sent in from agencies.

98. Dave Brillingers - September 10, 2007

A open casting for Kirk and McCoy there isn’t much time left .

99. Gary Lee - September 10, 2007

#97 with a open cast call maybe they find someone to play Kirk but he doesn’t look like Shatner so maybe then no Shatner in the Star Trek movie

100. PeeWee - September 10, 2007

Josh Duhamel might be okay as the young Kirk — he’s certainly good-looking enough and is young-looking.

To HB:

Leonard Nimoy is in good health and very active in his personal life, so I don’t think that there’s any need for concern.

:)

101. Harry Ballz - September 10, 2007

Hey, I hope Nimoy lives to 107!! With him being a rich, retired actor I guess this means he was able to “live long and prosper”! Huh, back in the mid 1960′s, I wonder if Mr. Nimoy ever thought he would end up living out that famous phrase?? Life is stranger than fiction!

102. THX-1138 - September 11, 2007

Sage observation, Ballzy.

103. TrekLog » Blog Archive » Trek XI - Newsflash - September 21, 2007

[...] Was ist eigentlich seit der letzten Convention alles passiert? Eigentlich viel (was Meldungen des Trek Movie Report angeht) und zugleich doch recht wenig! Zunächst einmal hat sich das Casting-Karussell ein wenig weitergedreht. Nicht Sydney Poitier, sondern eine junge Dame namens Zoe Saldana wurde für die Rolle des Kommunikationsoffiziers der Enterprise, Nyota Uhura, hochoffiziell gecastet und unter Vertrag genommen. Somit sind schon 3 Mitglieder der Originalcharaktere gecastet worden: Spock, Chekov und Uhura! Als nächstes wird wohl der Chefingenieur Scotty gecastet werden, denn Berichten zufolge wird derzeit nach einem Darsteller gesucht! Daniel Dae Kim aus Lost (hat auch schon bei Star Trek: Voyager Gastauftritte gehabt) gilt ebenso als heißer Kandidat für die Rolle des Navigators Hikaru Sulu, aber wir Leser wissen ja, dass es dahingehend gleich mehrere Bewerbungen zu geben scheint. Der neue Spock-Darsteller Zachary Quinto bereitet sich hingegen ganz speziell auf seine Rolle vor. Anstelle des intensiven Studiums alte Star Trek-Episoden versucht er, sich mit der Person hinter Spock, Leonard Nimoy, zu beschäftigen. Somit verbringen die beiden sehr viel Zeit miteinander und laden sich gegenseitig zum Essen ein, wenngleich die Mythologie, d.h. die vulkanisch-romulanischen Ursprünge, dennoch in Quintos Interesse zu liegen scheint. Über die Plot-Details zu Star Trek XI hatte ich jüngst schon einen Kommentar abgegeben, und laut Quinto handelt es sich bei Trek XI um ein Projekt, dass weitere Fortsetzungen wahrscheinlich macht… damit bestätigt er auch den Wunsch des Autorenteams Orci und Kurtzman, die sich beide ebenso Fortsetzungen erhoffen würden. Zuguterletzt kann man noch sagen, dass nebenbei Russell Crowe kurzzeitig als Bösewicht im Gespräch war (was jedoch Hinweise auf das gesuchte Kaliber des gesuchten Darstellers gibt) und dass das uralte Jennifer Garner Gerücht im Zusammenhang mit einer Liebesaffäre Spock’s wieder aufgetaucht ist. Trek ist also in aller Munde und wir haben dahingehend wohl noch spannende Zeiten vor uns… [...]

104. Dragonsblood - April 23, 2008

Paul McGillion would make a great Scotty!

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