In August a rumor surfaced that Tom Cruise would be playing the role of Captain Christopher Pike in the new Star Trek film. That was actually the second time that the star of J.J. Abrams’ first feature film (M:I:III) came up in relation to Star Trek. In both cases TrekMovie.com reported that Cruise’s people denied the rumors and today Empire reports that Cruise himself has denied the rumor. The Tom replied to the inquiry “What? No, I’m not in that,….Nope. It’s just rumor.”
Who is Pike?
The role of Pike is the last of the major Star Trek roles to be cast. TrekMovie.com has been told that Kirk’s predecessor on the Enterprise, originally played by Jeffrey Hunter, has an important part to play and that it is not just a cameo. There had been reports that the studio was looking to find a big ‘A List’ name for the role, however a TrekMovie.com source says that in the end they may not go with an ‘A Lister.’ The role of the villain was also reported to be for a top star. However, in the end the job went to Eric Bana who is certainly well known and talented, but probably not considered an ‘A List’ star. Shooting on the film starts in a couple of weeks, but that does not necessarily mean that the entire cast will be in place. Yesterday in one of the seemingly infinite talkback threads on Shatner, the film’s co-writer Roberto Orci stated that the Shatner decision may go past that date, adding “our deadlines for various actions are not subject to intuitive rules.”
Sorry, no Tom for Star Trek
Pick a Pike
So who do you think should play Chris Pike?
UPDATE: Added a poll based on some of the suggestions below…see right column