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Abrams On His New Chekov and Uhura October 9, 2007

by John Tenuto , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Beyond the Spocks (Quinto and Nimoy), the only confirmed cast members for the new Star Trek film are Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. In the latest official Star Trek magazine director J.J. Abrams spoke for the first time (briefly) on his latest stars.

Abrams on Saldana

Zoe’s strength, intelligence, humor and beauty will help bring Uhura to life in a way that will thrill viewers and honor the estimable talents of Nichelle Nichols

Abrams on Yelchin

this kid is brilliant…we are thrilled to have Yelchin on board

Let’s hope we  soon hear what he has to say about the new Sulu, McCoy, Scotty and Kirk(s?) soon. 

For the rest, pick up the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine




TrekMovie.com Scoop on Saldana as Uhura

Yelchin on Star Trek 


1. Androide - October 9, 2007

The interviews are always interesting, but i’m waiting for a next big production news. Shooting is almost to get started…

2. TJ - October 9, 2007

Not seen Zoe in anything but Anton was great in ‘Jack’ (Paul McGillion was also in that). Let’s hope we hear about the rest of the casting soon! I’m DYING to hear if Paul was cast as Scotty (he’s so damn PERFECT for the role). Hell I’d love to know who will be cast full stop, so we can see the line-up!

Less then a month til they start filming!

3. eastcoast86 - October 9, 2007

Jensen Ackles for Kirk!

4. CmdrR. - October 9, 2007

Hailing frequencies… smokin!

Welcome, Zoe.

Nichelle didn’t get a lot to do on last night’s Heroes. Waiting to see what’s in store for her and for George. Oh, and for a plot to develop.

5. Sean4000 - October 9, 2007

Zoe IS Nichols beamed forward in time from the 60s! Excellent casting call.

6. Danya Romulus - October 9, 2007

Anthony, as far as casting news goes, do you think that we will for sure know all before shooting begins on Nov. 5? Or is it possible they will begin shooting without all roles cast and/or try to keep casting under wraps if they can even as they shoot with them?

7. scott - October 9, 2007

The fact that I have never seen these actors in any thing & don’t know who they are IS A GOOD THING.
Famous people ruin genre movies.
JJ & Team are smart anuff to know this.
Excellent smart casting IMO is half the battle for directors & producers.
Way to go JJ for not having too many HOLLYWOOD BOZOS.
The only Hollywood Bozo I want to see is William Shatner.
#2 Agreed, PAUL AS SCOTTY IS MUST. He is a well known sci-fi actor & thats ok. He has no Hollywood baggage. Paul would be perfect for Scotty. PAUL & BILL MUST BE IN THE FILM!
Here is hoping for more unknown actors to fill out the cast.
Oh & one more thing, put Nurse Chapel in the movie too!

8. Johnny Ice - October 9, 2007

Zoe is great choice. Let face when it comes for Abrams casting female roles he is second to none.
f.e. Felicity and Jen Garner in Alias were great and actually watching Felicity was the first time i notice J.J. Abrams name.

9. Richard Daystrom - October 9, 2007

I’m all for a little secrecy here and there, but come on guys throw the dogs a few bones every once in a while. Paramount and crew is more tight lipped than Nolan & Co. over at Warners about TDK.

10. JCool - October 9, 2007



I don’t want the whole cast be soo young.

Star trek is not 90210!
We need some maturity to balance the movie!

To much Barbie and Kens are a bad thing. FYI

Character actors please!

I hope they cast an older McCoy and Scotty!

Paul McGillion for Scotty!

11. Jen - October 9, 2007

I think the announced cast is great thusfar. I loved Anton in “Jack” (Paul McGillion was in it too!) Speaking of him, perfect Scotty as #2 and #7 said (as well as countless others in other posts). The Paul for Scotty story seems to be the thing to conver, the story made The Sunday Times :D


12. Tim Handrahan - October 9, 2007

Kirk'(s)? You are holding out hope too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13. josie - October 9, 2007


I completely agree.

14. LK - October 9, 2007


The pic in that article- I mean, WOW. He looks exactly like Doohan in that shot.

15. chain of command - October 9, 2007

get Paul for Scotty. The first time I saw him on Atlantis I remember saying to myself, “If they ever make a Star Trek movie again with the original characters, he would be a perfect Scotty.”

16. JCool - October 9, 2007

I really hope Age does not get in the way.

I mean come on now…

Scotty was 11 years older than Kirk.

11 years older!

17. BillS - October 9, 2007

How come you guys haven’t posted the news that Eric Bana is the villian “Nero” in the new movie? The official website seems to have beat you to the punch!

18. jonboc - October 9, 2007

#10- Amen to that. Character actors make the movie world go ’round. Cookie cutter/ bland actors = boring…and sadly, hollywood has a tendency to be rather pretty…and boring. Give us characters and actors in the new Trek movie that are so alive and rich with character moments that we won’t care whether or not the FX were done by ILM.

19. JCool - October 9, 2007


is the new villian!

20. DanyaRomulus - October 9, 2007

Yep, seconding BillS, check this out people:


21. JCool - October 9, 2007


22. Aaron - October 9, 2007

The Question is not that if he looks like Scotty, but is he savy in the part of Scotty.

23. CanuckLou - October 9, 2007

Re Bana – not quite Russell Crowe but not a bad choice.

24. JCool - October 9, 2007

~*waiting for news to spread that Eric Bana is the new villain*~

25. Dave - October 9, 2007

All these months have paid off, looks like J.J. and crew have the right stuff

26. JCool - October 9, 2007


27. scott - October 9, 2007

Eric Bana would be good.
The Hulk movie sucked, but it was not really his fault.

28. NCC-73515 - October 9, 2007

PLEEEASE no ROMulan named NERO!!!!

29. eidylon - October 9, 2007

Hello… the one thing i want to know, is if this is a early early movie, WHY is Chekov in it? He didnt even get out of the academy until Kirk had already had the Enterprise for some time. Chekov is at least 2 or 3 graduating classes behind Kirk in the Academy…
Why is he in the movie???
Oh, and by the way… that kid hardly looks like Walter Koenig at all. Hmm…
Movie Chekov bad.

How ever i agree that Zoe is a good Uhura, and i also agree with everyone that Paul (stargate) would be just awesome as Scotty! He already has plenty of skill dealing with ‘techno-babble’ too! ;)

30. Noleuser - October 9, 2007

Eric Bana is the villian!!!!

31. NCC-73515 - October 9, 2007

29: kirk also served on a starship while he was still a cadet (farragut).

if it is true that the romulans are the villains in this movie… why name their main charakter after a roman king? the general audience will wonder about that strangely terran name for an alien species anyway, why give them more reason to laugh about empire names…

32. Pragmaticus - October 9, 2007

Yeah, naming a Romulan “Nero” is pretty lame… especially since he’s a villain.

33. Noleuser - October 9, 2007

Well he don’t know for sure if he’s a Romulan, but you’re probably right

34. Noleuser - October 9, 2007

I would have preferred Russel Crowe, but BANA is awesome!

35. Ro-Dan - October 9, 2007

Eric “Badass” Bana! NICE!!

36. Noleuser - October 9, 2007

As much as I like Eric Bana, if just for the name Eric, I don’t know if he has the star power to put butts in seats like Crowe or Hanks.

37. eidylon - October 9, 2007

#31. … well, there is precedent for that, true… Wesley did too (i know his name is a bit questionable! ;) )…

But even if Chekov did, it wasnt on the Enterprise. Is there some other logical connection between him and the others to put him in a place with them? If there is, i am really curious to know what it is… i really would like to know.

No flamewars here… i just want to know what the explanation is to be able to justify him being in an early movie with them. Is there one? Or do we have to hope that he will write a justifiable one in the script.
But there are no indications in TOS that the crew already knew Chekov at the time when he was posted to the Enterprise, are there?

38. JCool - October 9, 2007

~*Waiting for Anthony to post the Eric Bana news on his site*~

39. Noleuser - October 9, 2007

For real ANTHONY!

40. Paul - October 9, 2007

Is the news about Eric Bana true? I just saw it over at comingsoon, anxiously awaiting confirmation or denial of this.

41. Komack - October 9, 2007

It would be insane for J.J. to announce the portrayors for some of these roles. Nimoy, Quinto, Saldana, and Yelchin, are just teases- Something to get our blood pumping. If we had these answers we’d just spoil it for people who like the suspense. Just like every other movie. I can remember reading the final script for Nemisis before it even started filming. I for one Want to know, but I think this time I’m going to steer away from any drafts. The less I know the more it’s gonna blow my mind in the IMAX theaters.

42. TrekNerd - October 9, 2007

Maybe Eric Bana is playing Emperor Nero, in the tradition of all the historical Earth figures Kirk and company encountered in the original series.

43. G.Prich - October 9, 2007

The Romulans always did have a “Roman” theme going on, with the Senate, and the planets being named “Romulus” and “Remus.” Sounds to me like this could be building on that tradition? Even if it’s just a nickname.

44. JCool - October 9, 2007

Oh no!
Anthony is asleep. We have to wake him up.

45. Kevin - October 9, 2007

Nero? Hmmmm…. Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero…. Nero was emperor of Rome shortly after Tiberius, which also happens to be Kirk’s middle name. Coincidence? …well yeah, actually it is.

However, I agree that I hope the villain isn’t going to be a Romulan named Nero. That’s just a little too coincidental for my taste. We’ve already got Romulus and Remus.

I can’t say that I’ve seen Eric Bana in too much. I saw The Hulk and was bored the whole time, but that’s about it. I was hoping for a bigger name villain, but what the heck.

46. TrekNerd - October 9, 2007

At least Eric Bana is a way better actor than Tom Hardy, who was the Trek movie franchise’s only no-name main guest villain.

And this is coming from somebody who hated Eric Bana’s Hulk.

47. Notbob - October 9, 2007

“Zoe’s strength, intelligence, humor and beauty will help bring Uhura to life in a way that will thrill viewers and honor the estimable talents of Nichelle Nichols”

She’s a hottie, there’s no denying that. But I don’t get strength, intelligence humor thing. Did I miss when Uhura was lifting 200 Lbs, explaining Quantum Physics followed up by some great joke?

Not to be insulting, but didn’t she basically answer the ships phone? I know she was like fourth in command; but really who would be left on the bridge by that point? Checkov?

48. George Armstrong Custer - October 9, 2007

Future Guy is Nero from Enterprise. They are references Orci said about Enterprise and TNG. I bet the temporal cold war is alive in Nimoys Spock Time as he finds out during Reunification

49. Tj Trek - October 9, 2007

#7 has a good point. I think that most well known “Star” actors have a tendancy to thin that genra films like Trek are there chance to over act.

50. Tj Trek - October 9, 2007

Hey, question. Who would you guys put in for Dr. McCoy? I’m not sure who I would pick.

51. Kevin - October 10, 2007

Still like Sinese… but don’t think that one will ever happen. So I have no idea who I’d pick.

52. Luca AKA RuFFeD_UP AKA Lukas - October 10, 2007

TEASER PLEAASSSEEE I wanna see what the Enterprise is gonna look like.

53. JB Gestl - October 10, 2007

He’s not named after the Roman Nero. Obviously, he’s named after the Hawkman Nero. ;)

54. The Master - October 10, 2007

I hope this not a cloaked refence to the time war and Nero. Let see the time war

55. The Master - October 10, 2007

As the Doctor about that.
I think that is Sam Kirk’s Middle name.
I think that it turns out he is a half Romulan human Hybrid, expriment on Kronos’s planet and lead to the famine causing Kronos
to kill half of his planet .

56. TJ - October 10, 2007

#22 Paul’s said right from the start of his time on Stargate: Atlantis that he was a Trek fan as a kid, he also mentioned it in the half a dozen papers he was in this weekend. Scotty was apparently one of his heroes growing up and his family all watched ‘Trek’. So no worries about him being ‘savvy’. He’s also a damn fine actor and I’m sure will bring his own ‘life’ to the character by remaining true to it. CAST HIM ALREADY!!! Please? :)

57. The Vulcanista - October 10, 2007


I think a Southerner should play McCoy, and I would pick Josh Holloway (Sawyer, “Lost”) for the role. He’s from Dalton, GA, so he’s got the Southern thing down. I think he could capture McCoy’s intensity and emotionalism brilliantly. Oh, yeah, and those blue eyes and that voice! Mmmm… }:-)

But I bet he’s locked up tight with “Lost” this season.

2nd choice, Gary Sinese, who might be too old for Movie McCoy.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

58. The Vulcanista - October 10, 2007

Well, here’s a new one: I tried to click back on the Kirk article, and I was directed here:


Anthony, whazzup with that?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Confused Vulcanista }:-\

59. Iowagirl - October 10, 2007

# 47

She was the communication’s officer, that’s not only “answering the ship’s phone”. I think there was more to her than meets the eye but it could not be shown to full extent because, man, that was the 60s. Star Trek did a lot for women’s lib (black woman on bridge etc.), but they had to draw the line somewhere. In this context, Star Trek XI will be able to proceed from where TOS had to stop.

60. The Master - October 10, 2007

#50 Not seeing it, Holloway as McCoy. perhaps with a haircut. How about Billy Bob Thornton or a younger version?

61. The Vulcanista - October 10, 2007


I was definitely thinking Holloway with a haircut. Plus, there’s something about his intensity that to me just seems right for the part.

Too bad Billy Bob ain’t about 20 years younger, though! He’d be great too.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

62. Trekkie - October 10, 2007

Can’t wait to see Zoe in Red Mini skirts… ;)

63. NotBob - October 10, 2007

59. Iowagirl – October 10, 2007

I was only joking. I joke a lot. It’s kind of like someone–I forgot who–once said Sulu drove the ship and Checkov gave the directions.

All kidding aside, I looked up Chief Communications Officer on Memory-Alpha.org, the Star Trek Wikipedia site. It said:

“Comms officer is responsible for managing all incoming transmissions”

Translation: They operate the communications devices. To put it colloquially, they answer the phone.

It’s okay. It’s a required job. For example, the military has jobs that are necessary MOS (Military Operation Specialty) that are not exactly glamorous or adventurous. Or Dangerous, for that matter.

Also, I completely agree with you in that it was a big move to not only have a woman on the bridge on a sci-fi show of the 1960’s but a black woman. It probably did a lot for opening up viewer’s minds. And certainly, Nichelle Nichols, as well as Gene Roddenberry and the show’s writers deserve a lot of credit for this. There were a few times the character went on missions. And there was the first interracial kiss. But I feel that that credit should go to Nichelle Nichols, Roddenberry, the writers involved Bill Shatner and all involved in airing it in the 1960’s. Not so much to the character.

With that said, it’s 2007. And the film will show fictional characters in 22-65-2270 timeframe. I expect that the writers and director can now have her do more, i.e. play a bigger part of the adventure. Based on Abram’s comments I assume that will be the case.

And that’s one to grow on.

64. NotBob - October 10, 2007

Damn, I somehow erased part of the sentence above in post #63.

The line should read:
Also, I completely agree with you in that it was a big move to NOT only have a woman on the bridge on a sci-fi show of the 1960’s, but a black woman who has some authority.

65. Iowagirl - October 11, 2007

# 63, 64

Perfect; I can read you, NotBob – Hailing frequencies open!

66. Johnny Ice. - October 13, 2007

I have nothing against Anton Yelchin as Chekov, but i have feel we needed more female roles in XI crew. So if i had been Abrams i would have hired a Russian born female instead of a man as f.e. Anastasia Chekov.

67. Mary Jay - October 13, 2007

I just wonder how Chekov fit in the action of the movie… Considering that Spock and Kirk are in their early twenties (as far as rumors go…) that means that Chekov would be like… 12?? I believe it was said in an episode that Chekov was about 22 or 23 … so what do you think is with that?

And oh, for McCoy… I totally agree that Gary Sinise would have been PERFECT… if only he could pass for 30! (which I very much doubt…!) Well… nothing can be perfect, heh?

68. Rich T Kirk - October 15, 2007

I think Anton will do fine. Wasn’t he about ethe same age as the young Will in TNG? He should be roundabout 18 years old, right out of the the Academy, a young ensign. The Kirk character should be mid to late 20s. So who is this Urban guy they’re talking to for the McCoy role?
And someone else mentioned Jenson Ackles from SUPERNATURAL as Kirk. That guy would be perfect! He’s good loking, short, quick witted, and bull headed. That’s freakin Kirk!!

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