Urban Signed For McCoy – New ‘Star Trek’ Crew Complete

JJ Abrams has his new crew for his vision of Star Trek. According to StarTrek.com and The Hollywood Reporter Karl Urban has signed a deal to play Dr. Leonard McCoy. TrekMovie.com first reported that the 35 year-old Kiwi actor was up for an unnamed part two weeks ago, and last week we reported Urban was ‘in talks’ for McCoy but they were working out details related to his busy schedule. Urban was the last recast member of the Original Series crew to sign on, although there are still other roles (such as Pike) to be cast. For a complete current cast list, check out our Star Trek (2008) CAST page. For more on Urban see the original story and follow-up story.

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October 17, 2007 5:10 pm

im happy with these choices. cant wait to see the enterprise!

October 17, 2007 5:11 pm

Was just about to mention this – just saw it on StarTrek.com.

We’ll see how he works out, we’ll see. It’s really a shame that De isn’t here to help him out.

October 17, 2007 5:14 pm

I’m very satisfied.

I say
Lets not judge Karl on his previous Hollywood roles

just like we don’t judge DeForrest Kelly on his roles before Star trek.

Let’s see what Karl can do.

Mark Zimmerman
October 17, 2007 5:16 pm

Urban is a great talent, good news to get him on board for this. He has range, though most people only know him from LOTR. Check out “The Price of Milk.” Warp speed ahead!

Mary Jay
October 17, 2007 5:17 pm

I totally agree! The more I think of it, the more it makes sense. We can’t judge better than those who have seen him in autitions :-)

Way to go Karl! :-)

Luke Montgomery
October 17, 2007 5:19 pm

I’m 100% behind everything that has come out so far and the choices for casting. I’m very excited to see our “old friends” again on the big screen and thankful to the talented team who are bringing them back from the void for us.

In many ways. i think this rates up there with a few other major turning points in Trek history…
The jump to the big-screen with TMP
The new take with TNG
and ST:2008

They each changed everything and I think this is the next chapter. Very exciting.

Trek Or Treat
October 17, 2007 5:32 pm

Don’t know much about him, but I’m waaaay excited about this movie.

He’d better be good though. Since I was 6 years old there’s always been a special place in my heart for McCoy.

Good Luck Mr. Urban. Don’t screw it up.


John N
October 17, 2007 5:37 pm

I’m dying to see these guys in costume…. :)

October 17, 2007 5:41 pm

Ditto, I really want to see some leaked mole footage of these guys in costumes.

October 17, 2007 5:44 pm

I’ve not seen him in action. Be fun to see a photoshop of him as McCoy — All ive seen so far of him are candid pics.

Can someone put up a photoshop of him as McCoy?

October 17, 2007 5:45 pm

Sweetness, now all we need is Pike, the Federation Captain, Kirk’s parents and away we go. Let the guessing begin on who those folks will be.

Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space
October 17, 2007 5:46 pm

#10 – yep, that would be great.

And also–how about a photoshop cast pic? Ok, I’m sorry. Sometimes I expect too much. :D

Danya Romulus
October 17, 2007 5:47 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised to hear some casting info for Rand and Chapel soon, too.

Jeffrey S. Nelson
October 17, 2007 5:51 pm

Gary Sinese was so obviously right for the role…what gives? And he plays young.

October 17, 2007 5:52 pm

Alec Baldwin for Pike!


October 17, 2007 5:53 pm

It’s also on startrek.com!!!
Congratulations Mr. Urban! Great choice, I think he’ll be a great Bones.

October 17, 2007 5:53 pm

looks like a good cast .cant wait to see the film.

October 17, 2007 5:59 pm

A few more females would better balance the cast alright, their parts don’t have to be that big. Yes well balanced parts.

Cox of Seagulls
October 17, 2007 6:06 pm

McCoy is definitely my favorite TOS character. I haven’t seen him act before (At least, I can’t recall doing so) but I’m sure JJ will have picked the right guy.

October 17, 2007 6:17 pm

So now McCoy is more muscular and built than Kirk? I just dont see it…..

October 17, 2007 6:17 pm

… They picked Karl over me??? Well, so much for having a Canadian on the cast. ;p

Kiwi is fine. :)

October 17, 2007 6:24 pm

I have been skeptical with some previous choices, but i really think urban is a great casting choice and is a top notch actor. his casting has revived my faith.

welcome aboard! and god speed.

October 17, 2007 6:24 pm

Actors put on muscles for their movies

and can loose it.

We do not know what Karl Urban looks like now.

Those pics of him with muscles are old.

[…] Today, Karl Urban joined the cast as Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy and Chris Pine signed on to play the much debated role of Captain Kirk. They join Zachary Quinto, Heroes’ Sylar, as Mr. Spock; John Cho, Harold from Harold and Kumar and the guy who ID’d Stifler’s mom as a MILF in American Pie, as Sulu; Zoe Saldana of … okay she’s been in a lot, but I don’t remember her, as Uhura; Anton Yelchin, again don’t know him, as Pavel Chekov; and my favorite casting choice thus far Simon Pegg, Shaun of Shaun of the Dead, Nick Angel from Hot Fuzz, and The Editor from the Doctor Who episode The Long Game, as Montgomery Scott. Eric Bana will also be joining the cast as a villain named Nero (a Romulan, maybe? I’m hoping so). Also, Leonard Nimoy is confirmed as playing an older version of Spock and everyone is being coy about Shatner’s involvement. […]

October 17, 2007 6:27 pm


Now I hope it works.

October 17, 2007 6:32 pm

I’m cool with everyone except this one. I can see it now, Kirk seeking out the elder McCoy’s advice….with shirts off, biceps bulging, sweat breaking out all over there bodies as they work out, buddy buddy, in the ship’s gym….

If there is anything remotely resembling that type of character interaction, the movie damn well better take place in an alternate timeline. That’s the only way I’ll buy into it.

October 17, 2007 6:34 pm

Wonder if they’re determined to keep McCoy as a Southerner. Both Southern and Aussie came from Irish. Wouldn’t have to change the name if they left the accent.
What the hell. I don’t really want a total immitation of TOS. Just a new slant on an old classic.
Lookin’ good so far.

October 17, 2007 6:35 pm

#26 jonboc read #23

Tim Handrahan
October 17, 2007 6:41 pm

Which audition line did he use,either:

A) Why you green blooded, inhuman….


B) Are you out of your Vulcan mind?

October 17, 2007 6:44 pm

I never thought of Karl Urban as a young McCoy, but now that he’s signed up, I actually can’t wait to see what he can bring to the table.

Welcome to Star Trek Karl!

Harry Ballz
October 17, 2007 6:47 pm

Let’s hope he’s the REAL McCoy!!!

(hey, somebody had to say it)

October 17, 2007 6:51 pm

Could be cool. I can’t wait to see the first footage, spy pics, etc. when this thing gets rolling!

October 17, 2007 6:53 pm

29 – I think the magic line was “Yes, JJ.”

October 17, 2007 6:56 pm

Somebody photoshop Urban into McCoy’s costume! I think he’d look cute…^^

October 17, 2007 7:00 pm

Finally, the major parts are cast.

October 17, 2007 7:06 pm

VulcanBabe: TJ put up a photo in the last thread-


October 17, 2007 7:13 pm


Yup similar eye shape and face shape.

Just trim the eyebrows, shave the beard, and put blue contact lenses
and he is all set.

October 17, 2007 7:34 pm

I don’t see it.

He doesn’t capture Bones at all to me. That must have been one heck of an audition.

October 17, 2007 7:40 pm


Build is a huge part of it.
He’s probably bigger than Quinto and Pine combined.

October 17, 2007 7:43 pm

He’s an actor

an actors job is to make you believe they are someone else.

I maybe wrong but rignt now.. don’t want to judge Karl ,Pegg, Pine or the rest of the cast

until I see the movie with my own 2 eyes.

October 17, 2007 7:47 pm

I can’t see it either. His eyes look too far apart. But we’ll see.

1701 over Gotham City
October 17, 2007 7:48 pm

Oh, ICK!!

Terrible casting… I agree with everybody else… but, ICK!!!

Alright… I’ll wait until I can hear him, and see him in action, but I just do NOT see this as a good pick.

He’s huge… He has no air of country doctor… alright. I’m done for now. I’ll wait and see…. ick.

October 17, 2007 7:55 pm

Maybe he’ll pull a Christian Bale chameleon act and wear his body down to 120 pounds. But if Bones is bigger than Kirk, its going to seem a tad queer.

October 17, 2007 7:58 pm

I’m glad Quinto is taller than Karl

Quinto: 6’2 or 6’3

Nimoy: 6′ 0″:
DeForest Kelley: 5′ 10″
Shatner:5′ 9″

Mr Quatloos
October 17, 2007 8:06 pm

Good choice! Yet another coup by JJ and Co.

Just don’t ruin the design of the Enterprise…that’s all I ask.

Be sure it has a connecting dorsal and doesn’t look squatty. And not to many plates on the hull…that looks tacky and ungraceful.

Other than that, give us a kickass story (obviously the most important thing!)!

T Negative
October 17, 2007 8:09 pm

I like it. Urban is a great actor. He was awesome in Lord of the Rings.

October 17, 2007 8:09 pm
Enter Trepidation. I was just watching the interviews on the DVD extras of Transformonuts and I really hope they don’t throw certain things to the wind like they did in that movie. Hearing TPTB behind that movie rationalize why certain creative decisions were made scares the sh*t out of me when it comes to the reboot/sequel/prequel of this franchise. Now, I’m only one dude with a keyboard – out of, probably, 25 folks on here with keyboards. And although I’m certain we are not a representative sample of all the people who might see this movie, we are nevertheless here, frequently posting about this near and dear subject matter called Star Trek. Now, I’m not trying to tell the producers, writers or directors how to do their job. I would not presume to debate say someone like Nimoy on what Star Trek is. I can only express my feelings about this project. Be that venting, whining or whatever else it may be coined. So far, half the casting seems spot on and half seems off. Hence, I write this in this particular thread because this dude seems wrong for Bones. His face sort of reminds me of Kelly, but he looks like he could wrestle an alligator and win in some clips. I don’t know where they are going with the project, but hope to heck it has some semblance to the heart of TOS. If the reported plot points are correct, and this movie involves a convoluted Braga-esque story,… Read more »
October 17, 2007 8:14 pm


Cool photos. Thanks! I think he is gonna be great.

Jeffrey S. Nelson
October 17, 2007 8:53 pm

Dammit, Jim… I need a shave.

October 17, 2007 8:59 pm

Urban is an odd choice. A complete 180 from DeForest Kelly. The character’s traits must have been changed somewhat.
He’s gotta say that line, though.
“He’s dead, Jim.”