The search for (a) Scot continues and now a new name can be added to the list of potential Enterprise engineers. TrekMovie.com has confirmed that Stargate Atlantis actor Paul McGillion has auditioned for the role of Montgomery Scott in the new Star Trek movie. The 38 year-old actor is well known to sci-fi fans for his portrayal of the Scottish doctor Carson Beckett on the popular Stargate spin-off and his name often comes up in fan discussions regarding potential ‘Scotty’ actors. Like the original Scotty (James Doohan) McGillion is from Canada, but he was born in Scotland and clearly does a ‘flawless’ Scottish accent. Unlike previously reported Scottish competition, McGillion held his recent Trek audition in Los Angeles instead of London. The actor tells TrekMovie.com "Obviously it would be a great honour to follow in James Doohan’s footsteps."
Brings his own fan base
McGillion has an active fan base who (successfully) mounted a ‘Save Carson Beckett‘ campaign after his character was written out of Atlantis during the 3rd season. Although he is no longer a regular, McGillion has recently filmed a couple of episodes of SGA for the 4th season which premieres later this month (he is likely to do three total episodes this season). Many of those same fans have turned their attention to Trek and are now actively lobbying for the actor to be the new Scotty. This campaign recently garnered the attention of the Scottish newspaper Paisley Daily Express (McGillion was born in Paisley).
So add McGillion’s name into the growing list of those who are up for the role. TrekMovie.com has learned that no decision has yet been made for the role of Scotty.
UPDATE: A Doohan Endorsement
Some may remember earlier this year Chris Doohan (son of Jimmy Doohan) launched a bit of a campaign to land the role of Scotty. Chris now sends in this note of support for McGillion (from the talkback section below)
I know that the chances that I would be the next Scotty are slim to none. That being said, I think Paul McGillion is a GREAT choice for the role of Scotty. He has a great accent and I think that he actually looks like my father. He would be a much better Scotty then McAvoy.
Tribute video by the ‘Save Carson Beckett’ campaign
McGillion’s message to fans (made before it was decided to bring him back)
Vote: Choice for Scotty?
More names have been associated with Scotty than even Kirk. McGillion is the seventh actor who has either been reported to have auditioned or expressed interest in the role. Vote for your favorite in the current poll (right column).
McGillion as Scotty
(envisioned by TrekMovie.com community member Skippy2k)