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Chris Pine IS Kirk…Deal Signed Today October 17, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Well the Chris Pine as Kirk story has evolved over the last week from ‘may be’ to ‘apparently’ to ‘almost’ to now ‘done.’ As of this morning the deal wasn’t done, but just got sent an update saying the deal ‘is closed’ and Chris Pine is James T. Kirk for J.J. Abrams new Star Trek movie. Once Pine pulled out of the Joe Carnahan / George Clooney White Jazz film it was just a matter of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. Bear in mind that whenever any one of these actors signs on they are also signing on to sequel options, so the deals are certain to be complex. Pine should begin rehearsing with Zachary Quinto and his other co-stars this week.


Chris Pine at  IMDB  |  Wikipedia  | Fansite

Interview/clips with Pine and Lindsay Lohan for Just My Luck

Interview with Pine for Smokin’ Aces (launches new window)




Pine as Kirk (envisioned by community member Justin Olson)

UPDATE: STARTREK.COM and The Hollywood Reporter are also confirming Pine as Kirk

Chris Pine May Be Kirk (w/ Background, more photos and video)
Chris Pine ‘Apparently’ Confirmed


1. Multitrek - October 17, 2007

Great!!! Get Shatner now…

2. John N - October 17, 2007

Can’t wait to see these guys in action… :)

3. Kenny B - October 17, 2007

Good deal…..

4. Thomas Jensen - October 17, 2007

Ok, good deal. Now let’s see the ship.

5. TrekMadeMeWonder - October 17, 2007

The Olson retouch just sold it for me.


6. JCool - October 17, 2007


7. Cox of Seagulls - October 17, 2007

Good casting. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have to play Kirk.

8. Classic trek - October 17, 2007

Great!! looks like a fab choice. im excited if a little scared about the new movie. these guys are legends so be careful with them. got to get william shatner in this movie.
Greg (UK)

9. Pragmaticus - October 17, 2007

It’s official! Fantastic!!!

Now iron out how Spock saves Kirk from dying, getting Shatner in the film.

10. Adam Cohen - October 17, 2007

Congratulations to the cast and crew on getting their “captain.”

I can’t wait to see what this is going to look like too. Anthony, thanks for your continued reporting, which has always been responsible and accurate.

11. Agent 47 - October 17, 2007

congrats to Mr Pine, i’m sure he’ll be great in the role.

the Enterprise Captain has now officially been given his orders :)

12. Dr. Image - October 17, 2007

To those naysayers- it could have been A WHOLE LOT worse!! Whew!
Congrats, Capt. Pine! Your life is about to change drastically…

13. Dansk - October 17, 2007

I’m popping out of the woodwork for this one, I’ve been lurking for about as long as this site has been around.

Excellent choice with Chris Pine! Watching those clips, it takes no stretch of the imagination to picture him as Kirk, it’s just a matter of a costume and a hairdo.

Congrats to all the actors that have been chosen, I’m unbelievably excited about this film! Everything about it so far gives me a good feeling!

14. urseus - October 17, 2007

Is this guy any good ive never even heard of him?

15. Robo- Cop - October 17, 2007

Considering how soon the movie is due to start shooting you would think they would have signed this guy – character back in the summer at least. I just don’t see as this young guys having enough range to be able to pull this one off yet here they are signing him so late as IF he was a seasoned pro. Definitely a weak link with not enough polish yet plenty of rust.

16. Stanky McFibberich - October 17, 2007


17. Ampris - October 17, 2007

Man, I’d give anything to see some of the interactions between this guy and Quinto- what are the chances someone with a camera phone will ‘just happen’ to walk by while they rehearse? I’m dying to know if they’ll be able to capture that chemistry the characters have and how good they are at it. Is a minute or so of leaked footage too much to ask? :P

But congrats, Mr. Pine! I’ve got a fairly good feeling about this, though I do hope that he’s ready to handle everything that comes with the role. (D’you think he knows about the shippers yet?)

18. Craig - October 17, 2007

I wonder how soon we will see set photos?

19. Thelin - October 17, 2007

I like both Pine and Quinto. I am actually glad they are using relative “unknowns” instead of big name stars. The choices they have made so far for the TOS crew and villain look good. I am hoping for the best with this movie as I am a diehard TOS fan. Only time will tell.

20. Agent 47 - October 17, 2007


knowing the internet i wouldn’t be at all surprised if something gets leaked this side of Christmas :)

a cast in uniform group photo would be nice :D

21. spockboy - October 17, 2007

If Chris has the acting talent, he looks like he’ll be an excellent choice.
However, it’s hard for me to get past his striking resemblance to ANOTHER famous science fiction character….

: )

22. JCool - October 17, 2007

we just need McCoy!

23. DJT - October 17, 2007

Right on! Let’s get this puppy rollin’. Lights, camera, action!

Bust out

Just wondering, is Carol Marcus in this?

24. Tracy Walters - October 17, 2007

Funny how “Chris Pine” sounds like “Chris Pike”…

25. JB - October 17, 2007

Good one Spockboy!

26. Kirky - October 17, 2007

Don’t mess it up Chris, remember you are following in the steps of the great William Shatner, a legend and a cultural icon, we’ll be watching you, no pressure! ;) :p

27. DavidJ - October 17, 2007

Well here we go. Shouldn’t be too long before the website goes down again. LOL

28. Dan - October 17, 2007

JJ Abrams’ main job is to make us suspend our disbelief, make us “believe” we are in the 23rd century. I will be able to look at Zach Quinto, knowing that he is not Leonard Nimoy, and believe he is Spock. Same with Pine, he isn’t Shatner, but I think he can make me believe he is a young Jim Kirk. They’ve got the two central characters cast well – they look the part and they can act, from what I’ve seen of them.

As for all the concerns about the redesign of the ship. We have to believe we are in the 23rd century, not back in 1965. While I wan the ship to remind me of the original, a whole new generation of kids has LOTR as the gold standard of bridging the line between fantasy and reality. They have to believe the Enterprise belongs in the 23rd century and that it can travel seven times the speed of light. So I say, JJ, make the Enterprise REAL, make it FLY. Respect the original, don’t blow up the past, but take me into the future. Make me believe!

29. George Armstrong Custer - October 17, 2007

Exellent news. Pine needs our Support and Shatners wisdom as a advisor.

30. Lou - October 17, 2007

best of luck to the guy! :)

31. Jeff - October 17, 2007

1. Sort out his eyebrows.
2. Give him hazel contact lenses.
3. Shoot the damn movie! :D

32. Nomad - October 17, 2007

He is The Kirk

He is The Creator.

33. VOODOO - October 17, 2007

Best of luck to Chris + the entire cast of the new film.

34. RDL - October 17, 2007

Space…the financial frontier…these are the voyages of the starship
Enterprise…her three film deal…to explore dialogue 12-18 year olds can understand…to seek out yet another time travel plot…to boldly go where 7 actors, in 79 episodes and 6 films have gone before.

35. Craig - October 17, 2007

Anthony do you think will get a set tour?

36. Viking - October 17, 2007

Awright, Orci, you guys have to leak the occasional stills from the sets to whet the appetite, capiche? LOL :D

37. Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space - October 17, 2007

He’s pretty babelicious.

Shatner was pretty babelicious in his youth too.

It’s a good choice. I hope like hell he can act. I hope he can be reminiscent of Shatner without doing an impersonation of Shatner. It’s a fine line. A really good actor would be needed to walk that fine line.

38. T Negative - October 17, 2007

#32 LOL!!!

BTW, Congratulations Chris Pine!!

39. zebrasqueezer - October 17, 2007


Just shut up!

40. Thomas - October 17, 2007

21. Very funny, but I personally think Pine looks more like Virgil rather than Scott.

41. CmdrR. - October 17, 2007

Fire up the cameras!

42. dalek - October 17, 2007

I have no problem with this casting. I hope when i see the footage of him as Kirk he’s convincing in the role — then i’ll make a proper judgement.

43. Warpler - October 17, 2007

Don’t know about this one he looks quite feminine to me ahh maybe it’s just the photos i’ve seen…… sometimes looks like he’s got lipstick on

44. Jeffrey S. Nelson - October 17, 2007

Dammit, Jim… just pluck those eyebrows a bit. And give me the Kirk hair wave.

45. CmdrR. - October 17, 2007

Oh, and sign up Lindsey Lohan as Scotty’s skanky drinkin’ buddy.

46. Xai - October 17, 2007

This could work. Justin Olson’s pic doesmake him look pretty good

47. Tim Handrahan - October 17, 2007

The big introduction with Shatner awaits!!!!!!!!!

48. Harry Ballz - October 17, 2007

Great, we have Pine trying to be like Shatner, and Shatner wanting to be young like Pine! It’s hard to tell the players without a program!

Hey, wait’ll you try our new Kirk!! Much tastier than our old Kirk…………

Hmmm, that sounds familiar…………uh, oh…….

49. Mark 2000 - October 17, 2007

I don’t think this is bad casting at all, but what dope would give up a non-type cast role with a big actor for a franchise that’s killed more careers than Gigli? Once your in a Star Trek/Star Wars show or film you done with. Good luck, Pine. You’re Captain Kirk forever. Enjoy!

50. ObiWanCon - October 17, 2007

What’s up with the scaring down the left side of his face I just noticed it I’m guessing it can be covered up with makeup.

51. VulcanBabe - October 17, 2007

He’s so thin, lol. It’s just not…Shatner. 0.0
But at least they finally got an actor for the role!

52. VOODOO - October 17, 2007

Does anyone have an idea if there will there be some type of press conference to introduce the entire cast any time soon? Or will they wait until the film gets closer?

53. Xai - October 17, 2007

1,000,000 Fed Credits to the first spy photo

54. JCool - October 17, 2007


I want a press conference !

55. redstatesrule - October 17, 2007

Okay. I can see it.

I don’t mind. There were a couple other “possible Kirk’s” that made my stomach turn, the photoshopped picture looks as close as we’re going to get.

I can accept this.

56. Xena & Gabrielle - October 17, 2007


wheres the “real” Kirk..(Shatner) going to be during all of this….still rotting away forever under a pile of rocks?…or will the old and new Spocks and young Kirk somehow bring him back too??


57. Mr Quatloos - October 17, 2007

Yeah, Shatner will be in the last five minutes of the film…the old and new Spocks and new Kirk remove the rocks of Kirk’s grave on Veridian III and he gets up and deadpans — “SPAAAHK! What…took you…so long?!”.

Roll credits.

58. Jeffrey S. Nelson - October 17, 2007

If we ignore the whole Nexus storyline of Generations, how does old Kirk get to be around in the 24th century?? We want him to look like current day Shatner–absent a few pounds–rather than the Admiral McCoy we saw in Next Gen.

59. Elrond L. - October 17, 2007

Very exciting news today — I’m still a little unsure of Pine’s look, but I’m more than willing to give him a shot. Besides, I watched his interview clip, and the man has Kirk’s mannerisms DOWN. It’s awesome that the entire crew is in place– the best of luck to them, J.J. and everyone else involved. May the wind be at your backs. Now all that’s missing is a peek at the new Enterprise (hint, hint).

Speaking of which . . . well said, #28. Keep the overall Enterprise look, but after that the sky’s the limit. Bring back the coolness factor. I want moviegoers — and especially kids — to be wowed again by her speed and power. I want the bridge to be amazing again, a hub of activity with high tech screens and colors. Most of all, fill her with a crew that we can cheer for, that represents the best of what we can be as people. My hopes are really, really high at this point — I can hardly wait for the first set reports and pictures (lots of pictures, I hope!).

60. ZoomZoom - October 17, 2007

I reckon Chris has got just about the hardest job in show biz- filling Shatners shoes. Good luck, you are going to need it!

61. ZoomZoom - October 17, 2007

Time for Shatner now please.
Good luck Chris.

62. cd - October 17, 2007

#21 – LOL! >;>}
I have my doubts, from the pictures we have seen, but the right makeup, hair, contacts, and dental work could do wonders. >:>P
I’m still very dubious about the Romulan Nero: smacks very much of Shinzon and Remans. It would be great if Carol Marcus was in it, as well as Riley and some of the previous crew: Pike, Boyce, Jose Tyler, and Number One, and somehow Mark Piper too.
Whatever is done, make it E X P A N S I V E. Big vistas, show Starfleet with lots of people (and aliens), scale it big and spectacular: that can be fully realized with CGI now. Show the United Federation of Planets and beyond, bigger than we have ever seen, as big as we have always imagined.

63. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - October 17, 2007

My how time blows by. Seems like yesterday me, Adam Cohen, Spockboy, CmdrR, JoshT and a few others were fixated on the inital poor remastered outings, when that was all there was to talk about. Wow we have the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Don’t know what to say.

64. Unidentified Flying Toupee - October 17, 2007

I am ready for JJ to announce Shatner’s return or tell us he’s not coming. Just put us out of our misery quick… I am tired of hearing about it on every dam story.

65. Xplodin' Nacelle - October 17, 2007

Awesome News! Now we just need Yeoman Smith, & Lee Kelso too.

66. Pragmaticus - October 17, 2007

What about Gary Mitchell?

And PLEASE put Kevin Riley in the film.

67. elodie - October 18, 2007

Pine s*****!

Ben Browder would had been better!

68. Jeffrey - October 18, 2007

Ben Browder is far too old to play Kirk !

69. arcadian - October 18, 2007

#28 Excellent post. Well said!

I love Shatner and co, but I’m more than willing to give the new guys a chance. As for casting, I’d say it’s looking good and I can’t wait to see the ‘new’ crew in action. I said it in another post, but I can’t resist asking it again – how about Nathan Fillion as Christopher Pike?

70. Iowagirl - October 18, 2007

There’s my endorsement for Pine (not that it was required…)

I think he’s a good choice – he’s got the overall looks and his decision for ST over “White Jazz” proves he knows how to prioritize;-) Whether he has the charisma remains to be seen.

Now, there’s still that imbalance in universe – young AND old Spock teamed up with young Kirk AND….

So far, this still looks like a very lopsided story!

71. theARE - October 18, 2007

Done my own Pine photoshop.Haven’t pasted his head on to anything. Found a picture of him in a suit on and modified the suit to look like a uniform.

72. Bono Luthor - October 18, 2007

Denny Crane!

73. COMPASSIONATE GOD - October 18, 2007

Looks nothing like Shatner at all–and he will NOT have a Photoshop job to help him.

74. COMPASSIONATE GOD - October 18, 2007

I’m also wondering if he has the ability to capture ANY of Shatner’s charm, intensity and believability as seen in the best example anyone would use as a base influence (considering the film’s time period): “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

75. Clinton - October 18, 2007

Let’s just get this party started, shall we? Can’t wait for next December.

76. Poppaea - October 18, 2007

ROFLMAO! No looks, no charisma, nothing.

Never mind, I just worked it out.

This whole ‘Star Trek Movie’ thing, it’s not real, it’s just a bad dream, the worst f*cking nightmare I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a few!)!!

77. neal - October 18, 2007

yeah can’t wait, too. it’s like fall 78 – they’re actually making a trek movie, baby! only one year to wait!

78. PoliSciFi: A PoliBlog Sideblog » Trek Casting News: Kirk and McCoy - October 18, 2007

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79. Cervantes ( The haggis is in the fire for sure... ) - October 18, 2007

Not getting the same ‘yes, I can see it ‘ vibe that I got with the younger ‘Spock’ casting…and it’s looking unlikely I am going to get William Shatner as an older, very much still alive Kirk to smooth the way. A pity, since I was very happy with the younger ‘Spock’ casing of Zachary Quinto…

I remain to be convinced by any of this after the Simon Pegg casting…

80. Admiral_Bumblebee - October 18, 2007

81. The Master - October 18, 2007

I agree with 79.
I would like to see Matt Decker in the film, Orion Slave girls, Andorans at their most violent. Like to see Finnegan ( maybe this is vogel?)

82. Diabolik - October 18, 2007

#80… good news if true! And why not?


83. Adam Cohen - October 18, 2007

I actually caught “Just My Luck” yesterday on the cable television box. The movie was atrocious, but I have to admit that I can see why Pine was cast as a young Kirk. The guy has potential. I hope he nails it.

84. Iowagirl - October 18, 2007

Look, whatever you think of Pine as young Kirk or Quinto as young Spock, there’s one thing you just can’t deny. When Quinto was announced it was THE announcement, it was really huge – but this was only partly because he seemed the right choice. The main reason for the overwhelming response the announcement received, the area-wide coverage even in the “non-Trek” media was the simultaneous confirmation of Quinto AND Nimoy, the perfect joining of two generations. This made it so exciting for the fanbase as well as for the broader audience which primarily recognized Nimoy and, thus, got interested in the subject Star Trek again. And for us, it was a dream come true seeing these two actors together and showing us past and future at the same time.

Now we have our young Kirk and we think, well, he’s alright, but the serendipity, the essence, the dream come true is somehow missing. The reason is simple and obvious – Pine’s/young Kirk’s counterpart is missing, old Kirk is not (yet) there, no full circle.

And the general audience will miss him as well, because for them Kirk still is the OLD Kirk, i. e. Shatner, as much as Spock is still Nimoy to them. The media’s reaction to the confirmation of Nimoy proved it. If the new actors are really convincing, they can start a fresh “timeline” – we’re all ready for that. But what will make this film epic, lasting, a part of Trek life and a logically and emotionally convincing contribution in the making, in result and in follow-up is the combination of past AND future, an introduction of a young, innovative approach by respecting and integrating the old and original concept and its actors.

85. Diabolik - October 18, 2007

Shatner will be there, folks. Relax, we’ll be tearing up at the emotional onscreen reunion next Christmas, you can count on it.

86. Crusade2267 - October 18, 2007

The likeness is uncanny… especially in the last pic. As for Shatner, they can’t just shove him in… he has to have a reason to be there. And it’s not unprecidented for Shatner and Nimoy to do Star Trek without each other… Shatner did Generations, and Nimoy did “Unification.” They don’t have to be a package. I’m just really happy that Nimoy will be in this one. Two would be nice, but one is enough.

87. Trek Nerd Central - October 18, 2007

Well, said Iowagirl.

As for me, I’m behind this movie all the way. Of course it could wind up sucking, but that’s true of any film. I expect Pine will be terrific as Kirk. I was afraid Abrams would go with some nasally TV studmuffin, and instead he picked a pretty decent actor with a good, rich voice and some comic flare, too. And yeah, he looks enough like a young Shatner, the eyes notwithstanding. It’ll work. I’m there.

88. RaveOnEd - October 18, 2007

So, yet another thread about to be hijacked to argue about Shatner being in the movie.

Ya gotta wonder how any of the actors/production team must feel, when they look at these threads, and see all this babble.

If no matter what they do will not be good enough because Shatner isn’t in it, then please stop this broken record and let them make the movie.

89. JL - October 18, 2007


“If the new actors are really convincing, they can start a fresh “timeline” – we’re all ready for that. But what will make this film epic, lasting, a part of Trek life and a logically and emotionally convincing contribution in the making, in result and in follow-up is the combination of past AND future, an introduction of a young, innovative approach by respecting and integrating the old and original concept and its actors.”

90. Andy Patterson - October 18, 2007


Now that’s funny. “Yes, Gary. Use your acting.”

91. JCool - October 18, 2007

*~least controversial casting.~*

92. Bono Luthor - October 18, 2007

I think it’s very clear why AICN have not claimed Shat being in the movie as an exclusive scoop. That makes it too official and could damage their relationship with JJ and co going forward.

They are going to want to get set trips and exclusives for this movie as, in the geek world, it is going to be huge (hopefully the non-geek world as well – but lets face it, geeks rule the world now).

If Shat is in (and I hope to God he is) then Herc putting sneaky hints in a talkback isn’t the same as a big screaming headline, although maybe still enough to piss JJ and co off anyway.

Here is the deal as far as I am concerned, I think I would like to know if Shat is in, as it would make me feel much happier, but if he is then do not reveal anything about how he is involved and that way we can still not know when our suprise party is…

For the record, I mean the above with good will to the folks making the movie. I think Chris Pine looks like a great choice and from what I have seen of him in clips these last few days I think he can do Shat justice.

But hey, come on. You tell us William Shatner is in this movie and the massive interest that’s already there just goes supernova.

In fact, I think I worked out why they are not telling us. They’re worried that the internet might break.

Yeah, that’s it!

93. The Master - October 18, 2007

I think The Shat has to be in for continuities sake. I also would say that even Sarek has to be in it as well ( TNG killed of a great Character very poorly)

94. Olympus1979 - October 18, 2007


Pine is PERFECT for the role. The way he talks, his mannerisms, the look, it screams out Captain Kirk. This is probably the best cast selection along with Quinto, and we all know those were the two most important ones.

95. T Negative - October 18, 2007

The more I see of Mr. Pine the more he reminds me of a young Shatner. While he doesn’t look exactly like him, his mannerisms and persona reek of Shatner. It’s really quite amazing.

96. CmdrR. - October 18, 2007

80-AdmiralBumblebee —
That’s probably accurate, but don’t expect Shatner or Nimoy or JJ to describe the roles as cameos.
Hell, I’d be Klingon w/ Painstick #8 in a heartbeat if they offered it to me.

97. Phaserfetish - October 18, 2007

It seems to me that they could work Bill in by one of two ways: First possibility is to have Spock meditating in old age at Kirk’s burial site and contacting his spirit – or even better would be Spock in the process of dying from the vulcanheimers disease that took Sarek. Losing his mind in bed with those around him in sad reflection of the loss – yet his Katra is able to leave his suffering body for short periods and is met by the spirit of his best friend in the universe, who helps him through these last stages of corporeal life by reminiscing with him about their past deeds until – at the end of the film – Spock’s body finally dies and his Katra is now free to join his Captain in the coming adventures in eternity…

98. The Master - October 18, 2007

97 I hope they do not kill spock the same way they killed Sarek, that sucked he desrved better, as does Spock. That is like the St. Elsewhere ending.

I think spock and McCoy save him just after picard buries him and leveas the scene

99. The Master - October 18, 2007

they alos get help from Jim friend Matt Decker

100. Shatner_Fan_2000 - October 18, 2007

#97 … Kirk & Spock as Jedi Spirits? :( Nexxxxxxt……

101. DarkMatter - October 18, 2007


For heaven’s sake, NO Nathan Fillion! I am darn tired of coming across the name of that hack for an actor that has made only FLOPS so far!

As far as the new crew, it is darn FANTASTIC!! Chris Pine is a nailer for a very young William Shatner. Zach Quinto is a mirror os Spock in my mind and the rest of the cast is pretty well set.

Dec 25, 2008.. can’t seem to arrive fast enough! :(

102. Phaserfetish - October 18, 2007

Okay – you come up with something better! I don’t think it’s worth having Bill if you have to contrive some technobabble fabrication (think TNG) to explain it (like midichlorians). I’ve been wantching TOS since the original broadcast of the 3rd season and I can tell you that the reason TOS outshines all of its descendents is its reliance on dynamic character interaction and high-concept stories. The Katra spiritual link is considered vulcan canon and would be far more dramatic than just having Spock sitting around telling old war stories to a bunch of cadets…

103. Jeff - October 18, 2007

That’s what just came up in Google.

The Pine Kirk Nursing Home.

104. The Master - October 18, 2007

102 If we beleive the plot as reported is time travel, it need not be some katra or Jedi Mind trip, or Spock telling old war stories. if that is the case we can end the movie with an old picture of Gene Roddendbury mailing in the the first pilot or taking to his future wife over dinner about the concept. If given the choice I would take the time travel angle.

Who is to say that we are seeing spock an/or kirk post Generations and not some time before?? Which is plausible, No?

105. Diabolik - October 18, 2007

It just occured to me that if we saw some K/S stories and speculation stemming from TOS, how much more the public will bring it up with fresh, hot actors like these two being friends. I can hear it now. Too bad that people are so cynical that guys can’t be steadfast friends without the label being tagged onto them.

106. Diabolik - October 18, 2007

I too would love to see Sarek in the movie. But since we haven’t heard anything about them looking for an actor to play him, we probably won’t see him. Too bad.

107. Diabolik - October 18, 2007

Re #97… I read a fan fiction story of just that exact same scenario years ago… I think it was in the old Trek or Enterprise Incidents fanzine. It was very moving. But I’m not ready for that yet! I want to see Kirk and Spock both alive!

108. Diabolik - October 18, 2007

Re #97 again…. i just remember that it was Kirk who was dying and the already dead Spock who came to him like that.

109. The Master - October 18, 2007

I do not want to see Jedi mind trips, Katra stories. That is on par with going to a cut of Gene Roddenbury mailing in the pilot or his first meeting with NBC and desilu Studios.

I persoanlly would like the time travel angle overthe above.
But who said this had be post generations? it could be prior.
Or Spoke , McCoy and Pike or Matt Decker could save him.

110. Gary Lee - October 18, 2007

Everything is getting a upgrade ship, hair,uniform you name it.

111. Cygnus-X1 - October 18, 2007

I’m ready to believe.

But, they really need to get Chris Pine and Bill Shatner together, just as Quinto and Nimoy have been.

And, Pine needs to spend the rest of his waking life with Quinto, getting their Lennon/McCartney effect together.

Also, Pine should pay particular attention to Humphrey Bogart’s performance in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. Shatner’s Kirk had elements of Bogie’s unique brand of impassioned machismo and swagger, IMO.

Don’t let us down, Mr. Pine!!

“You’re going to power down your phasers, or your going to find yourselves floating home in a trillion pieces. There’s no third way.”

112. The Master - October 18, 2007

Sarek could be the big suprise. I hope. actor ( Nimoy could do double duty, Mark Lenonard Rest in peace)

113. Harry Ballz - October 18, 2007

I’m more than a little concerned about Shatner giving Pine advice on how to play Kirk……….the Shat is such a ham I can hear it now………..

Shat: “Chris, go big or go home!”
Pine: “Really, Bill?”
Shat: “Oh, yeah! The audience loves it when you go over the top!”
Pine: “Well, if you think that’s the way to go…”
Shat: “Trust me, I’ve approached every role that way and look where it got me!”
Pine: “Bill, you’re the greatest! Thanks for the words of wisdom…”

114. Pragmaticus - October 18, 2007

Well, the AP FINALLY picked up the story:;_ylt=AgGg1TDwzlP.Dj6hXrOPcb9xFb8C

115. Unidentified Flying Toupee - October 18, 2007

#114 Pragmaticus
Funny, the story didn’t mention the absense of Shatner in the film’s cast.
Shatner’s Return 2008 campaign staff. Go read #88. Your point has been made a hundred times now and it’s to the point of irritation. We get and respect your opinion, but it’s just creative spamming now. Less is more.

116. Cygnus-X1 - October 19, 2007

113. Harry Ballz –

— I’m more than a little concerned about Shatner giving Pine advice on how to play Kirk……….the Shat is such a ham I can hear it now……….. —

You don’t even like Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk?

What DO you like about Trek?

117. Diabolik - October 19, 2007

Two very Shatner-esque pictures of Pine…


118. Harry Ballz - October 19, 2007

#116 Cygnus-X1 “What DO you like about Trek?”

Whoa, big fella……I don’t want any misunderstandings…..I LOVE TREK….go back afew posts and you can even read my impassioned treaty of why Shatner SHOULD be in the new film!

My concern, if you can call it that is……Bill Shatner (who I thought did a brilliant job in TOS) has, over the last few years, become a bloated “over the top” parody of himself. It’s great that he has turned “making fun of your own image” into a cottage industry, but I’m worried that his advice to Pine would be influenced by that current thinking. It’s possible that even the best-intended input by him could be “flavoured” by how he currently thinks about portraying characters or roles. Now, if a 37 year old William Shatner could travel through time and talk to Pine, that would work…..but, then again, if that could happen, then who needs Pine??

119. RDL - October 19, 2007

Harry…I sort of agree…

Pine should borrow something of the early Shatner as Kirk performances. He should look at the early episodes of TOS for reference but I’d also suggest he watch Shatner in pre-Trek material; his performances on Twilight Zone for example.

As far as Shatner being in the movie, he should be. Maybe, with the right director, Nimoy there, and this likely being his last time out as Kirk, he’d
offer a performance with more finese, less over-the-top.

120. Cygnus-X1 - October 19, 2007

118. Harry Ballz –

I suppose you have a point, but it is possible that Shatner might still be able to provide some insightful recollections from the good ol’ days.

I would expect a trained actor, like Pine, to be able to cull the good advice from the bad, if any bad advice were to be offered.

Though, I can’t imagine what form such bad advice would take:

“OK, Chris…now, the key to playing Kirk is not to waste your time taking the roll seriously because you’re such an icon that the fans will lap up whatever crap you dish out, anyway.”

121. jonboc - October 19, 2007

The same applies to Quinto and Nimoy. Nimoy directed and “advised” Robin Curtis, who, in turn, gave one of the worst, if not THE worst, Vulcan performances ever put on celuloid.

If Pine or Quinto want to see what makes these guys tick they need to seek the advice of the Trekkies on board the production team. who can steer them to the right TOS episodes to watch. They have enough collective knowledge to know what episodes might feature a similar situation. Armed with that the actors can tune in and perhaps help find what they need to nail the scene.

122. Cygnus-X1 - October 20, 2007

Ironically, Robin Curtis’ performance was unsatisifying because it was too true to the ideal behavior of a Vulcan, in theory — totally devoid of emotion. Aside from, perhaps, some intimations of maternal instinct over the Spock-child, Curtis’ Saavik comes across pretty flat in my recollection.

But, we, the audience, are humans watching a performance. When you take the emotions away from a character, what are you left with? Action and intellect, I guess. But, the Saavik character wasn’t written to give our brains a work-out, nor was she an action hero (nor an antagonist like The Terminator.)

More often than not, Nimoy didn’t actually play Spock devoid of emotion. He usually had a mild to aggravated level of annoyance/frustration/irritation which was often combined with indignance:

“I can’t believe that I have to deal with these illogical, f*cking idiots.”

In any case, I’m not sure that you can pin the disappointment of Curtis’ performance on Nimoy. It might simply have been an experiment, a case of: good in theory, bad in practice.

It would be great to get Mr. Nimoy’s insight on this. Maybe he’ll chime in anonymously and set us all straight….

123. raulpetersen - October 20, 2007


worse than lawrence luckinbill!!!!! i think not dude!!!!

shatner wins AGAIN!!!!

124. raulpetersen - October 20, 2007

tng had a habit of killing good characters very poorly!!!

125. Absorka20 - October 20, 2007

I would rather watch a Star Trek movie based on Counselor Troy’s mother trying to score a date. Do you really think that having Nimoy play an older Spock (which will probably be a 5 minute scene) will entice the die hards to watch this movie. Wrong! The teddy bears in the last true Star Wars film had better appeal. The cartoon version of Lord of the Rings, not Jackson’s, has 4 stars compaired to this idea.
Wow a secret plot, bull s*^t. Will the guy with the silver eyes have a staring role also? Was he not KIrk’s buddy before Spock? Kirks shirt torn, Spock who shouts at his panel and is not 2nd in command, Scotty in a yellow shirt, Dr. McCoy and Chekov not even on the ship. Fighting a giant gord in space piloted by an android midgit who is a giant on his planet. Sorry to ruin the secret plot.
Sorry, Gotta go the DS9 episode with the Feregi bartender and his idiot brother is on.

126. Jean Russell - October 21, 2007

This is so wrong.He doesnt even come close to looking like James Kirk.You should be using William Shatner in te movie.Makeup ca be used to make him young again for the part.I dout very much that my family will go see this movie and we a big startrek fans.Everyone should demand that William Shatner be in the move and not a poor excuse for a Kirt imposter.You are making a big mistake.

127. Harry Ballz - October 21, 2007

#126 “Makeup can be used to make him [William Shatner] young again for the part”

Jesus, what the hell do you people smoke and, more importantly, where do I get some?

128. Ralph - October 23, 2007

Ingenious. JJ Abrahams selected Chris Pine because he projects himself with his hands and arms. And when he isn’t using his arms, he is using expressions with his face and head like William Shatner. Watch the first minute or two of “Interview/clips with Pine and Lindsay Lohan for Just My Luck”.

129. chris pine - September 21, 2008

Early reports from Kevin Smith say the preview is looking great. Should be able to pull in a new generation of trekkies and also appeal to purists. I sure hope JJ Adams can pull this off. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.