This week was all about the new Star Trek movie, with three major casting announcements and news of the actors in talks to play Kirk and McCoy. But this week also brings news of this year’s Trek Expo, a step towards transporter technology, and one site’s casting of an all-female Star Trek.
All this and more… This Week in Trek
Star Trek (2008 movie)
- Where to begin? First, we learned that Eric Bana will be playing the villain, named Nero. Then we found out that Chris Pine is in talks to play Jim Kirk. And on October 11th, we were hit with the one-two punch of Simon Pegg being cast as Scotty and John Cho winning the role of Sulu. Most recently, it was confirmed that Karl Urban is in talks to play Dr. McCoy.
- Co-writer Roberto Orci discussed casting and some things we can expect in the film in part two of an exclusive interview with Trekmovie.com.
- Director/producer J.J. Abrams praised his new Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) in this month’s Star Trek Magazine (read about it here) while Zachary Quinto (Spock) endorsed Chris Pine for the role of Kirk.
- Also in the latter story, we learned that Quinto had his first fitting for his Vulcan ears and that Spock’s skin will have a green tint.
- Trekmovie.com has provided an update on the film’s production, budget, and casting.
- Simon Pegg is "overjoyed" to have won the role of Scotty, according to The People.co.uk, citing Pegg’s father.
- Cinema Blend has written an open letter to director/producer J.J. Abrams asking that he share certain parts of the production process with the fans.
- Eternal Images has revealed their first line of Star Trek funeral products. See the trekmovie.com report for more details.
- Video game developer Perpetual Entertainment has halted production for the time being on what was to be their launch title, Gods and Heroes, to focus on the development of Star Trek Online. Click here for more information.
Trek in the World:
- This year’s Trek Expo is being held this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (see Trek Celebrity News section for guests)
- "A radio comedy comparing Star Trek‘s Klingons with endangered indigenous cultures on Earth" is among the highlights of a film called Four Sheets to the Wind, playing at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada next week.
- Are there Trekkies in Maryland’s government? Click here to find out.
- Beam me up, Scotty… but take your time: Although it’s a step closer to Star Trek‘s transporter, physicists’ development of "quantum teleportation" involves not the teleportation of atoms but the teleportation of the quantum properties of atoms. If you feel up to it, grab a couple Aspirin and check it for yourself.
- How’s your technobabble? By combining single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer and a tractor beam-like method for holding a molecule in place, researchers at the University of Illinois are now able to accurately detect "nanometer-scale motion of biomolecules caused by pico-newton forces." Hope you have more Aspirin.
Trek on the Web:
- Jane Lynch as Spock? Helen Mirren as Picard? Rosie O’Donnell as Scotty??? AfterEllen.com has cast their own Star Trek film… with an all-female cast.
Rosie as Scotty?
- The Washington Post has an article on Georgetown University’s "Philosophy & Star Trek" class mentioned in last week’s summary.
- According to American Chronicles, ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry may be "the father of exopolitics."
- TrekWeb has a review of the short story anthology Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Sky’s the Limit. You can check it out here.
- StarTrek.com has a piece on Creation’s Convention in Sacramento, California, along with pictures. Check it out here.
- StarTrek.com also has a review of Peter David’s Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Before Dishonor, which you can find here.
- Dakota Voice talks about the lack of references to God or faith in religion in an article called "Faith, or Lack Thereof, in Star Trek."
- Someone at The Fergus Falls Daily Journal thinks Americans are regressing — moving further away from the ideals of Star Trek.
Trek Celebrity News:
- TNG’s LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) and VOY stars Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), and Ethan Phillips (Neelix) will be guests at Trek Expo 2007 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also attending will be Ron Glass (Loken in VOY’s "Nightingale"), Suzie Plakson (K’Ehleyr and others), and Sean Kenney (DePaul and crippled Pike on TOS).
- Speaking of LeVar Burton, he has interviews up at two Oklahoma-based sites: one at Tulsa World and another at NewsOK.
- A correction to last week’s summary: Jonathan Frakes (Riker) will be a guest at the Rockland Public Library in Maine on November 1st. As stated before, he will be part of the library’s event called "Four Decades of Trek", a five-week series which will entail discussion about Trek with guest hosts, screenings of episodes and the documentary Mind Meld, and prize giveaways of Trek merchandise.
- Star Trek: Enterprise actor John Billingsley (Phlox) appeared in last Monday’s episode of Journeyman, which I didn’t find out until I read this.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) delivered a spoken-word tribute at the dedication of the African Burial Ground in Manhattan on October 5th.
- George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) will be honored at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival, which began on Thursday and runs through October 18th. Takei will accept the honor on October 14th.
- On October 22nd, Takei will perform a reading of a play called Po’ Boy Tango with "Elaan of Troyius" co-star France Nuyen (Elaan) at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre. Po’ Boy Tango will be the first of a series of readings from Interplay.
- Rene Auberjonois (Odo) has an interview in this month’s SFX magazine, a small snippet of which has been posted at TrekWeb.
- Babysitter Wanted, the new horror film starring DS9’s Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys), will premiere in the US as part of the Hollywood Film Festival, as reported by Trading Markets.
- Leonard Nimoy (Spock) talked Trek and promoted his new photographic book, Full Body Project, with The Jewish Chronicle.
- Leonard Nimoy, Rene Auberjonois, Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Theodore Bikel (Sergey Rozhenko), Fritz Weaver (Kovat), and Harris Yulin (Marritza) will be among the celebrities attending A Red Letter Day: Symphony Space’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on January 10th.
- Star Trek veterans Christopher Lloyd (Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock), George Hearn (Dr. Berel in TNG’s "First Contact"), Adrienne Barbeau (Cretak in DS9’s "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges") and John Schuck (STIV: Klingon Ambassador) are among those assembled for the reading of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical.
- Alive, the zombie series co-created by Trek writers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and starring John Billingsley and Gary Graham is making news — Wired.com has a report on the program’s use of viral campaigning to entice potential viewers before the show is even made.
- 411 Movies has an interview with Trek veteran Jeffrey Combs (Brunt & Weyoun on DS9, Shran on ENT), which you can read here.
- Sony Pictures has launched Stage 6 Films, which will be releasing Starship Troopers: Marauder, a sequel to 1997’s Starship Troopers starring Jolene Blalock (T’Pol).
- The Irish film Kings, starring Colm Meaney, will be competing for the grand prize with four other films at the Hamptons International Film Festival, which begins this Wednesday.
- The two Spocks, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, will be appearing together at Creation’s Grand Slam Sci-Fi Summit, along with Roxann Dawson (B’Elanna Torres).
- Linda Park (Hoshi Sato) will make her debut on ABC’s new drama Women’s Murder Club in the show’s second episode, airing this Friday at 9pm ET.
- Don’t forget: Samantha Who?, the new ABC comedy starring Star Trek: Voyager‘s Tim Russ (Tuvok), premieres on Monday, October 15th at 9:30pm ET. The pilot is directed by Russ’ Voyager co-star, Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris). See the official site for more details.
Tim Russ in Samantha Who? (Image from ABC.com)
YouTube Clip of the Week – Hubba Hubba
Star Trek gets steamy in this new compilation…I’ll be in my bunk.