This seems to be a week for Star Trek casting rumors and news. TrekMovie.com has confirmed that Karl Urban (Eomer of Lord of the Rings) is being considered for an unnamed role in the new Star Trek movie. IESB.net is reporting the Kiwi actor has been made an offer to play the villain in the film, but a source close to the production tells TrekMovie.com that Urban is not up for the film’s villain (nor is he being considered for Kirk). The source would not go further when pressed, but based on the Actor’s age (35) either Scotty, Bones may be a good guess (or possibly Captain Garrovick?). Regarding the casting of the villain a studio insider recently told TrekMovie.com that they are looking for well known brand name actor (especially one who will help the film play in foreign markets). This fits with the report that there is interest in Russell Crowe for the part.
UPDATE: Orci talks about Urban’s Trek connection
Like with other rumored and actual cast Star Trek actors, Karl Urban has a connection to the team behind the new Star Trek. Urban had a recurring role on Xena: Warrior Princess while Trek co-writers and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were showrunners for the series. Urban played Julius Ceasar (see clip below). In the comments section below Orci talks about working with Urban.
We worked with Urban back in the day, when Alex and I were the showrunners on Herucles and Xena. He always came through for us, and he is such a decent guy. None of what I just said, however, should be taken as a sign that any decisions have been made. Our only point is that, whatever happens, we’ve always loved Karl, and we all got our start in the same place.
Vote – pick a role for Urban
We just don’t know yet what role Urban is being considered for, so what role do you see him in. Vote in the current polll (right).
POLL UPDATED…added Kirk, Villain and Garrovick…vote again
IESB’s other rumor this week about Mike Vogel being the ‘leading candidate’ for the part of Kirk has been partially confirmed, but a source tells TrekMovie.com Vogel is "just one of the people being looked at" for role and that they are still mulling options. Vogel’s publicist also tells TrekMovie.com the original article as written was "not true." According to sources, no major roles besides Spock (Nimoy & Quinto), Chekov (Yelchin) and Uhura (Saldana) have been cast at this point and that auditions are still ongoing.
PLOT SPOILERS BELOW
The IESB.net Urban article ties into the earlier Aint Cool news plot spoiler report. IESB are reporting that the villain is to be a Romulan and that the plot involves Romulans going back in time to destroy Earth. TrekMovie.com has confirmed that elements of the original AICN rumor report are true (such as the inclusions of the Romulans and time-travel), however a source tells us that much of the original AICN story is still pure speculation.
TrekMovie.com has picked up on a new plot element. We have previously reported that even though the film is not (as originally rumored) an ‘Academy Movie,’ it still will involve at least some scenes at the famed Starfleet Academy. TrekMovie.com can now confirm that one of those scenes will show James T. Kirk’s solution to the famous Kobayahsi Maru ‘no win scenario’ simulation (first described in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).