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Paul McGillion a Contender for Scotty September 26, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

The search for (a) Scot continues and now a new name can be added to the list of potential Enterprise engineers. 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 "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. 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).


More: – The search for (a) Scot

Paul McGillion Official Site


McGillion as Scotty

(envisioned by community member Skippy2k)


1. Nathan - September 26, 2007

The way things are going now, this movie’s gonna basically be a Who’s Who of young, up-and-coming stars. Can’t wait for more news!

2. JCool - September 26, 2007


3. Ron Mosher - September 26, 2007

That’s great news! I’m a big fan of Atlantis therefore a big fan of Paul.
He’d make a wonderful Scotty. His accent is great.

4. Al - September 26, 2007

Or flat-lining middle aged stars in his case

5. cugel the clever - September 26, 2007

he’s a little old to play Scot in the pre 5-year mission days, isn’t he?

6. Anthony Pascale - September 26, 2007

cugel….he is a bit older than the casting sheet (but so is Saldana). McGillion is actually 3 years closer in age to Quinto than Doohan was to Nimoy

7. CmdrR. - September 26, 2007

I thought he WAS playing Scotty on Stargate Atlantis.

8. The Baron - September 26, 2007

Hehe, I agree, On Atlantis he does kind of have that scotty-esque quality… Also, I thought that the characters were supposed to be about the same ages as the actors themselves when they played them in the original series…. Which would make Scotty, McCoy, and Spock all slightly older. besides, Age is relative nowadays. You can’t point at someone and say ‘They don;t look 35! when they are 40… it just doesn’t happen. Plus makeup always helps.

9. girl6 - September 26, 2007

Very attractive. Looks younger than 38.

10. JCool - September 26, 2007

James T Kirk: born March 22, 2233

Scotty: Year of birth 2222

11. Jeff - September 26, 2007

This guy is PERFECT for Scotty!

12. Skippy 2k - September 26, 2007

I think he would make a good Scotty, liked him on Atlantis. Of the choices (that I have seen) I prefer him but then I have also seen more of his work than the others.

Here is a photoshop I did awhile back, posted it in a thread somewhere before.

13. YUBinit - September 26, 2007

Great work there Skippy.

14. JCool - September 26, 2007


Great Job!

15. Floydhead Max! - September 26, 2007

This is the guy I’d vote for!!

16. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 26, 2007

Sounds good, I know they have their embryo casting sheet but wasn’t Doohan in his mid 40’s when Trek first aired????

Plus Sir Skippy’s Photoshop really nailed for me , that’s F-ing Scotty!!!!

17. Harry Ballz - September 26, 2007

He has my vote, sign him up NOW!!!

18. chain of command - September 26, 2007

He’s the right age for Scotty. Now they need to find someone to play McCoy who is also about that age.

19. Rastaman - September 26, 2007

Part of me still thinks that James McAvoy is still the more enlightened choice to play Scotty. Maybe he has too “big” of a name already to step into Star Trek, or perhaps he is a bit too young … but he certainly can act!!!

I really don’t like Paul McGillion’s character on Stargate that much, but I suppose he could pull off the accent without sounding completely cartoonish. And that photoshop job by Skippy just about sold me on the prospect!

20. YUBinit - September 26, 2007

Actually I haven’t a clue who James McAvory is but from the Google image search I saw someone who to me much like DiCaprio in Titanic, would appear as a child playing grown-up. LOL

21. Flake - September 26, 2007

Definitely my pick for Scotty.

22. Scott Gammans - September 26, 2007

OK, that is REALLY scary how much he reminds me of Jimmy Doohan as Scotty. Mind you, I’m not one of those who insist on casting actors who look just like the original cast members, but you have to admit that the resemblance is startling.

23. Tim Handrahan - September 26, 2007

This is Flawless casting for Scotty! He has the look and is in the age range.

24. JCool - September 26, 2007

James McAvory for Scotty?

Bleh! No thanks!

25. Harry Ballz - September 26, 2007

This is shaping up to be a stellar cast! (no pun intended)

26. Chris Doohan - September 26, 2007

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.


27. King Anthony - September 26, 2007

Time will tell.

28. Holo J - September 26, 2007

I just got into SGA recently, watching it on sky two in the uk. They are showing a double bill of SGA each night. Its not Star Trek but I have been enjoying it. I think he would be perfect for the role.

so Paul McGillion has my vote for Scotty !

Sign him up!!!

29. JCool - September 26, 2007

*cross fingers*

30. Shadow Lord - September 26, 2007

He’s perfect for the role. And no, he is not to old.

A note to JJ

Get on with the casting, we are all dying out waiting for news. Also, please get Jennifer in the movie somehow. I think she would work as Chapel just fine.

31. CmdrR. - September 26, 2007

^ Chris, don’t give up. If they can put Mick Fleetwood in a Herring suit, they can find a role for you!

32. Paul Martin - September 26, 2007

I’ve seen the odd SGA, I even quite liked it! I think this dude is right on for the job, its strange being excited about a Star Trek film again, this and New Voyages is making life pretty dammed sweet! (Hope you read that James!)

33. Kobayashi Maru - September 26, 2007

Now we’re getting some news to gnaw on!
Too bad the Kirk scoops are slow in coming!

34. star trackie - September 26, 2007

Hmm. I like the look and maturity in his face, Scotty needs to have that. . But his voice has a bit of a higher register to it than that of Jimmy Doohan’s, not sure if I could get used to that. Still, a very good candidate for the role.

35. Allister Gourlay - September 26, 2007

James McAvory is to big a star now for Scotty and far to young looking,
great actor mind you, but as for McGillion, great choice, a very natural actor with the Scottish humor and sincerity!

Now what about Kirk and Bones casting…bring it on!

36. I AM THX-1138 - September 26, 2007

Well you regulars know that I think he would be the guy. With no disrespect to Chris.
BTW, very classy move, sir.

37. Harry Ballz - September 26, 2007

Chris, I see the “class” genes of the father were passed down to the son! Nicely done!

38. Anthony Pascale - September 26, 2007

that is big of you Chris

I have added your comment to the main article

39. Holo J - September 26, 2007

27 Chris Doohan

Hi Chris,

even if you aren’t Scotty it would be cool to see you somewhere in the movie. Maybe you could have a cameo as Scotty’s brother or even his Father (sorry don’t the age difference). How strange but cool would that be?

40. ObiWanCon - September 26, 2007


I really hope this happens Paul is perfect for the role PLEASE J.J make this happen.

And if ROBERT ORCI drops by please whisper in J.J’s ear PLEASE.

41. Greg2600 - September 26, 2007

Paul McGillion has that Scottish accent and the accompanying behavior down well. Though he’s kind of short.

42. Gary Lee - September 26, 2007

Paul McGillion is Scotty start filming the movie. Wait who’s playing Kirk ?

43. Derek Evans - September 26, 2007

Lets face it this guy IS perfect…Doohan was 44 when he 1st played at 38 McGillon would fit right in with the younger Demo they are shooting for..Not to mention his Acting skill and Flawless accent I say Sign him up!!

44. Dragonflygurl - September 26, 2007


This actor Paul McGillion is perfect for the part of Montgomery Scott.

45. Decilia - September 26, 2007

Best candidate so far,

46. VOODOO - September 26, 2007

I think he is a good choice.

47. Kevin - September 26, 2007

I’m going with yes. Hopefully, Abrams and company will go this direction and not so much a bunch of twenty year olds. Neither Scotty nor McCoy should be kids. Kirk should be close to thirty.

Of course, he’s just in the running, but that’s a good sign. The casting sheet reported a while back made me very leery of even caring about this project.

48. dalek - September 26, 2007

Gets my vote he’s great in Atlantis (or was til they killed him).

Anyone get the feeling that Kirk is gonna have a bit part in this movie? Or barely even in it at all.

49. steve - September 26, 2007

A very good actor who seems like a genuine guy and needs/deserves a break like this. I’m in!

50. steve - September 26, 2007

#41- he’s not too short. He’s 5’10”, Doohan was 5’8″.

51. Thomas Jensen - September 26, 2007

Hey Chris, I completely agree with you on this guy, but I voted for you anyway. Anyone who was an extra in TMP on that reck deck scene is ok by me. I had the chance, but had a track meet during that time…. if only, if only….

52. DRE - September 26, 2007

I have been a lurker here for quite some time, and I have been wanting to jump into the community for awhile, but the Trek Wars and other over stated issues turned me off. Now that things have settled down (For the moment) I’ve figured now is the time.

Anthony, you have a great site here, definitely the best Trek site around and the one (For the most part) respectful of IDIC which is possibly the strongest lesson I learned for Star Trek.

Before I start, let me say a bit about my Trekdom. I place Roddenberry’s Treks before all others (And as much as some would like not to believe, Gene created both Kirk AND Picard), I love both TOS and TNG equally, both taught me and gave me much to ponder. Those fourteen characters (Eighteen if you count Chapel, Rand, Wesley and Yar) have been my life long companions and our journey continues…

I also totally love DS9 and its varied characters. Voyager I like less, but it had its moments and I am no fan of any season of ENT nor its cast (With the sole exception of Trip Tucker, who was at least interesting.) I love all the films (yes, even TFF, INS and NEM), and while I agree that some of them could have been better, I was entertained by them all for their own different reasons.

Now, onto business. I have been extremely pleased by the casting so far, JJ is definitely on the right track. I have every faith that Paul McGillion will be cast as Scotty, it just seems so right. I have never heard of the guy before today (Sorry, not a Stargate fan) but as soon as I saw those clips I knew he would be the one. I agree with a few other posters here that Jensen Ackles should be considered for James T. Kirk, the guy just has an early Shatner look about him that I haven’t seen in any other young actor thus far, and if you can Google the mock of picture of him in a TOS style T-shirt, find it.

And BTW, just so it will be known, it would be nice if they can find a part in Trek 08 for Sir Shatner, but if not, I am content with just Sir Nimoy.

53. eb - September 26, 2007

Put Paul in the movie and you have already sold me my ticket. I love the idea!
He is perfect.

54. chain of command - September 26, 2007

RE #47
Yeah, if this is supposed to be a movie about the crew’s first voyage together as the “new” crew of the Enterprise (taking over from Pike), then they shouldn’t be a bunch of 20 somethings (Chekov sure, but not Kirk and Spock, and certainly NOT McCoy and Scotty). I for one hope we see the change of command between Kirk and Pike and how those two get along. There are so many things that could be presented dramatically

for ex:
Would Pike be upset about this new “hotshot” coming in and taking his ship?
Would Spock be receptive to the new CO (Kirk) or would he figure him to be a self-seeking adventurer?

That would be cool to see!

It would also be cool to see Gary Mitchell in this movie and some of the other “Where no man has gone before” crew-members.

I hope this film really shows how the crew “got together” and that it will also present an adventure that doesn’t require phaser blasts every five minutes. A few maybe, but PLEASE, can we do without the Klingons for once?!! I’m just really sick of all the “Honor this and Honor that” stuff. I’d rather settle for a giant Space Amoeba or some Apollo god-like alien threatening the crew. Or, dare I say it, a voyage to discover some strange new world or new civilization ?? If they use the opening monologue they should at least use the concept of it for the film! LOL

55. Viking - September 26, 2007



And who among us has been steadfast – from the BEGINNING – that Paul McGillion was the perfect choice for Scotty? Huh? HANH?!?

Say it! SAY IT!!!!!!!!

Uncle Viking.


Vindication Is Mine, Sayeth The Viking.


56. Viking - September 26, 2007

#26 – Chris, that is exactly what hit me when the momentum started to build on this. McGillion impresses me as the kind of actor that could carry your father’s legacy with honor, yet not be seen, as I’ve said, as a ‘cardboard cutout’ of him. I can see your dad in him, yet see Paul McGillion. That’s one helluva combination for a role as iconic as Montgomery Scott.

Here’s to ya, lad. :D

57. Leonel - September 26, 2007

I grew up on TOS reruns, loved the characters, loved the stories.. each of the original actors and characters were — are — awesome. That said, Paul McGillion would be great as the new Scotty. No matter who is chosen, I just can’t wait..!!!!

58. Jenner8675309 - September 26, 2007

I too am another person who has said McGillion would be PERFECT for the role from the begining. Nice to see Chris’ endoresment as well. If his fan base can get him back on Stargate : Atlantis, I bet they can get him on this film. But he deserves it, he’s a great actor, dead on accent, a REAL Scot and looks like a young Scotty. Its a NO BRAINER.

Just announce it already :)

59. twinchaosblade - September 26, 2007

I think Paul McGillion would be a fantastic choice as Scotty!
He has a very genuine and natural way of acting to him, not to mention the flawless Scottish accent. His character and performance instantly endeared me to Stargate Atlantis; he can and will do the same for the next Trek movie!

Very classy move, Mr Doohan.

60. Saving Carson Beckett » Blog Archive » McGillion in the Running for Scotty! - September 26, 2007

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61. Captain Robert April - September 26, 2007

McGillion would be the best choice for Scotty – look no further!! If they don’t cast him as Scotty I will be extremely disappointed.

62. cd - September 26, 2007

This sounds good. It’s starting to look like the powers-that-be are really trying to find good fits for the characters, which seemed a possible issue when those casting sheets first came out.
Hopefully they will put the same effort into making the script faithful to Star Trek, and not a deimagining of it.

63. modesto! - September 26, 2007

He is scotty, the look the feel everything I saw him in the new stargate series and was great to watch. He will be the perfect scotty its funny, watching him on the new stargate series his character looked like he was trying to be “scotty’ like but I see it as a sign that he was probably meant for this roll. J.J. IF YOU ARE LISTEN TO US FANS THE CHOICE OF SCOTTY IS DONE AND HES RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!!!.So lets cast him and go on to cast the other memebers of the new enterprise crew and make this movie!!!!! my name is moe and I have spoken!!!!

64. ZoomZoom - September 26, 2007

Like the idea. Good actor.

65. Daoud - September 26, 2007

Let’s hope JJ and RO quickly get this Wolf in the Fold! ;)

Seriously, with a series of films, having McGillion on board as Scotty would allow some exposition of this character that TOS never quite had enough time for.

Get Sinise as McCoy, and then the sense of Scotty and McCoy being the reliable hardware and wetware guys lending support to Kirk and Spock is convincing…

66. Star Trek Casting Rumors: Mike Vogel, Paul McGillion and Adrien Brody | /Film - September 27, 2007

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67. Snake - September 27, 2007

oh he’d be perfect..trhe right age too.

they need to get a late 30s McCoy too

68. Obsessed With Film » Paul McGillion auditions for the role of Scotty in STAR TREK - September 27, 2007

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69. Notbob - September 27, 2007

Dude, this guy looks right. And he’s the right age!! Scotty and Bones are older than the main characters.

Not just that, but I had to literally do a double take when I saw the pic above of him dressed as ScoI don’t watch Stargate, so I don’t know about the accent; but if he’s from Scotland. And to add to it all, Chris Doohan gives says he’s good for the part. It makes sense that if Nimoy gets to ok who plays Spock, that should go to the other actors or their next of kin.

If he is deemed too old for the part, the casting director is an idiot. Also, if this guy is not in, then that would really cause me to question the whole, “we want to be faithful to the original shows,” comments the movie guys made.

70. Notbob - September 27, 2007

Excuse those typos. I’m a two fingered typer and not very good at that.

Second paragraph should read:
“Not just that, but I had to literally do a double take when I saw the pic above of him dressed as Scotty. I don’t watch Stargate, so I don’t know about the accent; but if he’s from Scotland, it’s probably safe to say it’s spot on. And to add to it all, Chris Doohan says he’s good for the part. It makes sense that if Nimoy gets to ok who plays Spock, that should go to the other actors or their next of kin.”

71. shelsfc - September 27, 2007

Paul McGillion rocks! I really hope he gets it, he’d make a great Scotty!

72. Cervantes (...up yer shaft... ) - September 27, 2007

I concur…they need look no further for a decent ‘Scotty’. I like…a lot! :)

73. Cervantes ( long as it aint 'Spud' out of 'Trainspotting'... ) - September 27, 2007

Anthony, glad you added ‘none of the above’ to the polls, but in this case, i’ve voted for Paul McGillion… ;)

74. Carolann - September 27, 2007

Paul McGillion gets an immediate thumbs up from me, too! Everything about him is just so perfect for the role!

75. CmdrR. - September 27, 2007

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77. Dr. Image - September 27, 2007

JJ- Sign the guy up, NOW!!

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80. JCool - September 27, 2007

Sign him up! Sign him up! Sign him up!



81. Oceanhopper - September 27, 2007

Yes yes YES!

Or rather…

Aye, Aye, AYE!

Sign up the laddie quick!!!!

82. I AM THX-1138 - September 27, 2007

Don’t you just love all the supposed insider blogs and websites that cite as their source for these updates?

Jeez, great job AP!

83. Cranston - September 27, 2007

Hmm. I’m disappointed.

I haven’t seen McGillion much aside from a few episodes of Stargate:Atlantis, but his accent always strikes me as a bit cartoony. I’m sure he could be OK, but I was really hoping for an actual Scot.

84. JCool - September 27, 2007

What r they waiting for?

Sign this guy up !


85. karanadon - September 27, 2007

Yeah, he’s got a higher pitched voice, but it’s not annoyingly so, and it can always be put down to Scotty’s comparative youth from the film to the show. He’s got the looks and, as on the casting sheet, can indeed do a “flawless Scottish accent”. He meets the necessary criteria, and he can act!! He definitely gets my vote.

Oh, and nice image, skip!

86. Francy - September 27, 2007

The only Star Trek I ever watched was Enterprise, but if Paul McGillion become the next Scotty, I’m definitely watching that. AND watching all the series to have all the “back story”!

87. Kraig - September 27, 2007

AYE INDEED! Paul McGillion is about the best choice I can imagine for this role. He was pretty much born to play Scotty. Incidentally, for those concerned about his higher voice in Atlantis, worry not. He speaks higher in SGA on purpose. His voice in real life is waaayyyyy lower, and he has always been a master of many accents. He is of Scottish heritage by the way, and he is a Canadian just like Doohan. However, all that aside, Paul is a great actor and is really perfect for this part. Paramount would be very smart to hire him.

Good Luck Paul!

88. NJOberheim - September 27, 2007

I hope the powers that be still read this site. Paul McGillion being cast as Scotty makes SO much sense! Please cast him! He’s a great actor, has the accent down to a tee and seems like a hell of a nice guy (just like Doohan).

89. JCool - September 27, 2007

Dear April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg, Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams,Bryan Burk,Alex Kurtzman, Stratton Leopold,Damon Lindelof and Paramount

If you guys are reading this

Please hire Paul McGillion as Montgomery Scott ask Scotty

he is perfect for the role.
-sign JCool

90. Oceanhopper - September 27, 2007

#83 – McGillon IS Scottish; He was born in Paisley.
I’ve been there and I can confirm it is very Scottish! :)

His regular voice is more Canadian-ised I think, but his Atlantis voice would be perfectly at home in Scotland.

I can see it now:
“Engine Room, give me warp power”
“Ach, these engins willnae take the strain o’ warp power the noo”
“Engine room, we need warp speed NOW”
“Listen sonny, all yer hollerin’ isnae gonnae change tha laws of physics, ye ken? Now away wi’ ye.”

91. scott - September 27, 2007

#5, No. James Doohan was in his mid 40’s when Star Trek started.
Paul McGillion is not even close to that age now. Lets face it Scotty was kind of older then everyone else during the 5 year mission. At the least JJ should find someone who is around 40. Paul McGillion would be good. He should have never got shit canned from Stargate. They should hire him for the Scotty slot. Plus the geeks like me already know him.
However he is not famous anuff or Hollywood anuff to hate or ruin the film.

92. Kimdy - September 27, 2007

I’ve been kinda iffy about the premise of this movie and what the writers intend for the characters, but if Paul McGillion is cast as Scotty I’ll be there on opening night, even if the writers have Kirk baking cookies and braiding Spock’s hair.

Paul for Scotty!

93. Chris Doohan - September 27, 2007

Me again. There are several articles that say McGillion is much too old to play the role of a young Scotty. I think not. My father was 47 (same age as me) when he got the role of Scotty. Things that make you go hmmmm.

94. Kraig - September 27, 2007

I completely agree with you Chris. Paul McGillion is 38 now and that would be just about the right age difference between him and the rest of the cast. Your dad is always going to have a very special place in our hearts, as he brought joy to so many. I think (if they didn’t go with you) Paul’s performance would really honor your dad.

95. Viking - September 27, 2007

#93 Chris – if memory serves, McGillion is in his late 30’s, which would actually put him closer to JJ’s casting sheet notation than your dad would have been as Scotty of the same time period. I think the guy would be the ‘total package’ for the role, myself.

96. JCool - September 27, 2007

He is not “too old” for Scotty!

He’s the right age!

I call ageism if they refuse him!!

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98. TJ - September 28, 2007

I think Paul would make an AWESOME Scotty!! He’s got the looks, the talent, the flawless accent and I definately DO NOT think he’s too old! And anyone who’s met the guy knows he’s a great guy (and for the girls, totally gorgeous!). As Chris (very gentlemanly to offer your endorsements!) said, his Dad & McCoy were older then the rest of the cast, I think thats important for a well-rounded cast dynamic, you need some maturity to balanace it out

When I saw the casting sheet originally I thought, ‘oh great, it’ll be trek the wonder years’ and had no real interest in seeing the film. Who wants some of their fondest childhood memories made a mockery of? But then Quinto was cast and he not only looks like Nimoy, I totally believed he could capture the ‘spirit’ of the character. Ditto for Yeltchin & Salanda.

McGillion could believable embody the ‘spirit’ of the character James Doohan created. I think its important JJ and co stick to that and I really cant see anyone but Paul being able to pull Scotty off right!


99. KC - September 28, 2007

McGillion is a wonderful option for Scotty’s actor and just because he has a wonderful Scottish accent to offer. McGillion’s work in independent films & genre television have proven that he can deliver nuanced and engaging performances. He does comedy well, but also has given performances that make your blood run cold. I do hope that this rumor goes somewhere. He has the right look, buckets of talent and is a great personality & presence.

100. karanadon - September 28, 2007

I don’t think any other name put forward for Scotty has had this level of agreement in the posts…!!

JJ…you know what to do!!

101. RetroWarbird - September 28, 2007

You did that mock-up with McGillion’s face on Scotty’s head, and frankly, before I looked VERY, VERY closely, I thought it was just a pic of Jimmy Doohan there for comparison purposes.

They look that much alike.

McGillion would be a helluva Scotty. I think 90% of the people who watch Atlantis have said it to themselves at one point or another.

102. Screen Time » Blog Archive » Is Mike Vogel the new Captain Kirk … - - September 28, 2007

[…] I do like the rest of the confirmed cast for “Star Trek XI,” which includes “Heroes” star Zachary Quinto as Spock and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. Another rumor is that “Stargate: Atlantis” star Paul McGillon will be cast as Scotty. I like that news a lot better than all this Vogel talk. Beam me up Paul. […]

103. WayBeyondSoccerMom - September 28, 2007

Paul McGillion told a charming story at DragonCon in Atlanta, last month, about his parents’ reaction to getting cast in Stargate Atlantis.

“No, dear, you have the wrong name. You’re not in Stargate, you are in Star Trek”.

After correcting his parents several times, he gave up.

It would be cool if he could really make it true.

104. Heywood Jablome - September 28, 2007

Man, if he doesn’t get the part I can’t imagine who else they might get who could be more perfect. Seems like a no brainer to me! And I don’t have much to start with, so that’s saying something.

Chris Doohan my respects to you sir!

105. Vejur - September 28, 2007

#93 Heck if Chris Doohan think McGillion is good enough to play Scotty, this scold be easiest casting for J.J. Abrams..
p.s trick question what does James Doohan and me have in common?

106. TJ - September 30, 2007

One thing thats sets Paul apart, he already IS a fan of Trek. He’s talked in the past about watching it growing up and his folks being fans! He tells an awesome story about phoning his parents when he was cast on ‘Stargate’ and them getting confused about insisting it was ‘Star Trek’ despite his insistence to the contrary…priceless. Check it out:

107. elodie - October 1, 2007

Yes! Paul for Scotty!

108. Anise - October 1, 2007

The best proposed casting for Scotty so far. I can only hope that JJ and the team realise this and snap him up!

109. Test Blog » More Star Trek movie casting rumors - October 1, 2007

[…] In response to my last Star Trek post, a reader pointed out some more casting rumors for us. According to, actor Paul McGillion has auditioned for the role of Montgomery Scott originally played by the late James Doohan in the 1966 to 1969 Star Trek television series. […]

110. Sailor Nova - October 4, 2007

I’m a Stargate: Atlantis fan and I want you to sign Paul on as Scotty!
He’s perfect looks wise and acting wise! By the way, David Hewlitt wants a role, too! Preferably McCoy! Let’s see….McKay…..McCoy…..
Just hire Paul already!!
P.S.- JJ Abrams, sir, would you please keep the character of Mikhail on LOST? I’m a fan of both the actor and the character and there’s a petition I
started to show you the fan support for keeping him on.
I just need to do a bit more campaigning…
What do you think, sirs?

111. Diesel Vanilla - October 7, 2007

I cannot think of anyone more suited or more deserving to play Scotty than Paul McGillion. He would be absolutely PERFECT!

112. McKaysGirl - October 11, 2007

Paul as Scotty would be perfect. I can’t think of anyone better for the part. There’s a reason the comparsion has been made since Atlantis premiered.

113. Amanda - October 23, 2007

It looks like Pauk lost to Simon Pegg for that part. The dude don’t look like Scotty at all. go to the top of this page and look at (star trek)2008 to see my proof. That is sad.

114. Amanda - October 23, 2007

My spell and computer skills suck it should say Paul

115. Dragonsblood - April 23, 2008

Paul is a fantastic actor! He would do a great job as Scotty.

116. » The Paul McGillion Interview Cluttered Desk: He writes books and articles, he advises on PR and media, he tries to have a life. No wonder Craig McGill has a cluttered desk… - June 3, 2008

[…] given the call to try out and audition for the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek film – and was endorsed by Chris Doohan – son of the original Scotty James Doohan. According to Paul: “To have him vouch for me was […]

117. Stargatelvr - January 7, 2009

if only he had been cast as Scotty….. *Sniff*

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