‘Star Trek’ Close To A Pike – Still Looking For Kirk’s (and Spock’s) Parents

sarekamanda.jpgJ.J. Abrams has his entire new Star Trek crew, but he still has casting to do on a number of important roles. TrekMovie.com has learned that although casting has progressed on a number of minor roles (such as crew members on other ships), no major roles have been cast since Karl Urban signed on as McCoy. However, a source tells TrekMovie.com they are close to picking their new Captain Christopher Pike. The source confirmed that Josh Lucas was considered, but implied that he wasn’t the leading candidate. Although Pike is said to have a “significant role,” the source also disputed recent rumors that Pike has a larger role than Kirk.

Meet the Parents…Star Trek style
It has already been reported that James T. Kirk’s parents are on the casting list, making Star Trek the first time for them to be seen on screen (although they have appeared in a number of Trek novels). A trusted insider tells TrekMovie.com that Spock’s parents will be in the film as well. Spock’s Vulcan father Sarek was originally played by the late Mark Lenard and his human mother Amanda Grayson was played by the late Jane Wyatt. They were first seen in the The Original Series episode “Journey to Babel.” Wyatt appeared as Amanda in Star Trek IV and Lenard played Sarek in three Trek films (III, IV, & VI) as well as a TAS episode and two TNG episodes. The new Star Trek will actually not be the first time the characters have been recast. Younger actors were used to portray the pair in a flashback scene in Star Trek V.

Jonathan Simpson playing Sarek in ‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

1 week to go
Shooting on the new Star Trek film starts next Wednesday (November 7th). This was moved back from the original target of next Monday. However it appears the team are not worried that they don’t have their whole cast together. Apparently the shooting schedule has been front loaded with scenes from the already cast characters. Bear in mind that shooting is slated to run through to March. “There are a number of candidates they can pull the trigger on any time, but they are still looking to make sure they get the best possible actors for the roles” says the insider.

More on the cast page: Make sure to check out the updated Star Trek cast page. Note that TrekMovie.com has confirmed that the unnamed ‘Federation Captain’ role is a new character. Also added two new unamed characters – both ‘henchmen’ to Eric Bana’s villain Nero.

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October 30, 2007 11:53 am

Spock’s parents too, hmm? Cool.

October 30, 2007 11:53 am

i wonder if for Spock’s parents they could get whoever played them in Trek V. The actor who played Sarek was a dead ringer for Mark Leonard.

October 30, 2007 11:54 am

I just rememered that the characters of Spock and Amanda never shared screen time in the movies.

October 30, 2007 11:57 am

Roberto, please tell us that there\’s going to be an extensive behind-the-scenes documentary going on for the special features on the DVD. I want hours of stuff to watch in Spring/Summer \’09.

October 30, 2007 11:58 am

Why not get the now older Jonathon Simpson to pley older Serek? It would seem like the logical thing to do.

October 30, 2007 11:58 am

#4 Didn ‘t they in IV?

ensign joe
October 30, 2007 11:59 am

Uhh Trek IV?

Trekkie, Trekker - Hell, I'm both
October 30, 2007 11:59 am

Someone PLEASE blog from the set. Or allow Anthony to visit during production, even if the text is screened/edited.

October 30, 2007 12:01 pm

“…the source also disputed recent rumors that Pike has a larger role than Kirk.”
Get out the metric ruler for this one, guys.

Sounds like this project is moving well. I don’t think actors always get months to prep. Sometimes, the producers may wish to force the actors to stay close to the director’s vision, which means less prep time is better. Just look the part, pretty boy, and try not to bump into the 23rd century furniture.

October 30, 2007 12:07 pm

Wow! Hard to believe one week to go to shooting.

Please JJ start throwing us some crumbs – set, costumes, props, etc pictures!

October 30, 2007 12:09 pm

If they’re shooting next week, then they have costumes. Which means all of the “60s style” vs “new” stuff is already done. I want to know what they decided!

October 30, 2007 12:10 pm

500 quatloos to the first production crewmember who posts snaps from the set of “Star Trek”!

The Master
October 30, 2007 12:12 pm

I knew Sarek and Amand would be in it. They almost had to be. I think depenbding on how much th eOlder spock is in the movie Nimoy could now play Sarek Not sure who could play Amamda though.

Asome have poted having Shat as Pa KLirk makes more sense now,

October 30, 2007 12:16 pm

Ray Liotta = Chris Pike

Lets hope

October 30, 2007 12:17 pm

Shatner playing Kirk’s father would make little sense to me. He’s about 10 years too old to pull it off.

October 30, 2007 12:21 pm

And I don’t care how minor the casting… let’s hear it!

October 30, 2007 12:22 pm

Shatner did say he would not do a cameo. But he could be the Father. I could accept that. Being Kirk is dead (Kirk killed, stupid idea)

October 30, 2007 12:24 pm

@15Naw Viggo Mortensen = Chris Pike!

October 30, 2007 12:24 pm

“Ten years too old” compared to what? An awful lot of older men father children, and there’s no reference in official Trek continuity (“canon”) regarding Kirk’s father’s age.

Having Shatner play Kirk’s father would probably be the *best* way remaining to get him into the film – it’s automatically a significant and memorable part because of what the character represents, and really a place of honor. Think of Glenn Ford and Marlon Brando in “Superman” – both huge stars compared to the other participants (other than Hackman) whose limited screen time in the film is very much remembered.

October 30, 2007 12:27 pm

Wow, the picture of Jonathan Simpson on his IMDB profile is reason enough Abrams should pick up the phone and save himself some time. I never really thought about the role of Sarek in Star Trek: The Final Frontier. Now that I think of it, the young Sarek role worked very well. If the new movie can be just as good I’ll be happy.

October 30, 2007 12:29 pm

When can we see the new bridge set, The props (phasers, communicators, etc.) and the Enterprise? Give us something here, JJ!

October 30, 2007 12:29 pm

HA! Today i wondered if the casting is finished, when the new Pike is found.
Then it came in my mind that Spocks parents should also appear in the movie, especially since the focus in mostly on Spock.

October 30, 2007 12:31 pm

I really hope they cast Shatner as Kirk’s father…if only so that he’ll shut up and stop whining. I’ve really gotten fed up with him…

October 30, 2007 12:32 pm

Uhg. Im getting sick of hearing about BBK!

Shatner agreed to die as Kirk in Generations. He’s Dead. Let him RIP. NO Fat , OLD Kirk! Ever! Would you want to see a geriatric Superman in Depends popping prostate pills? NO!

October 30, 2007 12:33 pm

I expect one of the first things the cast will do once they are all together in costume will be to have group pictures taken to release to the public. So we could be seeing a cast picture before the end of Nov.

October 30, 2007 12:38 pm

They are casting the entire planet… this movie is going to be 3 hours long….

October 30, 2007 12:38 pm

One hopes that there will be some publicity stills of the characters on set released early in production, but I guess with the desire for secrecy that these folks seem to have that might not happen.

Somewhere in my stacks of old papers I’ve got a newspaper clipping from – I think it’s August 4th, 1978. A photograph of Kirk and Spock and McCoy – (their uniforms aren’t *right*, and Kirk’s hair is all dark and weird, and *what the heck is this from?*) with the caption, “William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley in rehearal for ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”

In retrospect, I know that the day I opened the Washington Post and saw that was the day that I lost all hope of having a normal life. :lol:

The Vulcanista
October 30, 2007 12:39 pm

Nope. Sarek and Amanda (Lenard & Wyman, that is) appeared in Trek IV together but never appeared in the same scenes. Sarek was on Earth pleading Kirk’s case before the Federation Council, while Amanda was on Vulcan overseeing Spock’s reeducation.


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

October 30, 2007 12:41 pm

Definitely get Jonathan Simpson back as Sarek. Not only is he a dead ringer, but at this point, (a little creative delusion replacing any continuity errors) he’s 15 years older, and so his age is accurate for the role, since Spock is “roughly” that much older, give or take 5 years.

Anyway, I think it’d be a nice move.

October 30, 2007 12:45 pm

@19 – Viggo Mortensen = Chris Pike! NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

Classic trek
October 30, 2007 12:53 pm

is there any point in the pike character having a bigger role than kirk when he gets severly injured in a space accident a short time later? its not as though this character will flourish into future films etc. id rather see the emphasis on kirk and spock coming together. dont get me wrong im looking forward to seeing an active pike in the film.

i still want the shat in it too.
united kingdom

Lord Garth Formerly of Izar
October 30, 2007 12:57 pm

Jamie Fracking Bamber – Get it done or I dig up Mugatu’s corpse and drag it behind my car on Halloween!!!

October 30, 2007 1:06 pm


…is it me, or is there just WAAAAAY TOO MANY “Trek” characters being added to the mix??? Sure, I’d love to see them all, too (especially Sarek and Amanda), but I have this sinking feeling that if Paramount succeeds in attracting most of the non-fan general public, then on opening weekend we’re going to hear A LOT of comments like, “Who’s that?”; “Was she in the TV show?”; “It that guy important?”; “Who played that character on the TV show? Were they in the movies, too?”; “Oooh! I like Eric Bana!”; “Is that guy Spock’s dad or uncle?”; etc., etc., etc.

One of the things that drove me absolutely crazy during GENERATIONS was the inclusion of almost EVERYONE (with some notable exceptions). For pete’s sake, they even included Sulu’s DAUGHTER! And in the end, GENERATIONS became the ridiculously overwrought, undercooked, rush-job mish-mash that we know today. Even though I knew who all the characters were, even I had a hard time keeping track of them all, let alone caring.

I REALLY hope the same fate doesn’t affect STAR TREK XI, so non-fans walk out in a daze saying, “What the hell just happened???”

October 30, 2007 1:07 pm

Amen to #25

Correction to #30…Wyatt, not Wyman…That’s a whole different person.

I’m excited about seeing Sarek and Amanda again. Trying to recapture Mark Lenard would be very hard, although Simpson did a good job, let’s try some fresh blood.

October 30, 2007 1:13 pm

@32 Why not?

October 30, 2007 1:15 pm

Shatner as Kirks father would be swell.

October 30, 2007 1:16 pm

Simpson’s performance in Star Trek 5 was purely visual. Lenard recorded the character’s single line of dialogue.

Classic trek
October 30, 2007 1:25 pm

yep i am also worried same as #35
surley there is enough material in the coming together of the crew members at starfleet academy – their stories/backgrounds and so on without mums/dads aunties and uncles. dont forget among all this we also have to have a villian story line too in it somewhere. does seem like a lot to pack in.

but nimoy recons this script is exciting so ill go along with that. im so looking forward to seeing the first cast picures all in uniform and that bridge set too!
united kingdom

October 30, 2007 1:26 pm

The one thing I’m not understanding is how people are calculating Pike’s accident to happen virtually as he stepped off the Enterprise.

According to Mendez in The Menagerie, it was months before they were diverted to the starbase: “There’s been subspace chatter about it for months…” With Kirk and McCoy not knowing what happened.

To me, Pike won’t be crippled until a ways into Kirk’s first year commanding Enterprise, so Pike can even have a presence in the movie just after Kirk assumes command.

October 30, 2007 1:30 pm

It’ll all be worked out in the sequel: “Star Trek XII: The Whole Enchalada.”
(produced and directed by Ken Burns with a run time of a hair under 33 days)

October 30, 2007 1:33 pm

29 – Dennis:

Do you mean this photo?

Charley W
October 30, 2007 1:33 pm

How about Shatner as Spock’s GRANDFATHER?

(Just give me screen credit for the idea!)


October 30, 2007 1:38 pm

I agree today Jonathan Simpson looks even more like Mark Lenard a dead ringer he would be perfect as Sarek.

About Michael T. Weiss as Sarek ?
Or Mandy Patinkin as Sarek ?
Michael T. Weiss could be a Romulan villain henchmen if not Sarek.

The Vulcanista
October 30, 2007 1:40 pm


Whoops! And I *know* better!

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

October 30, 2007 1:40 pm

Ohhhh, I remember when that picture was published in my hometown newspaper almost 30 years ago… good times.

Tim Handrahan
October 30, 2007 1:41 pm

With production being this close, it would be nice to see some bridge pictures and of course the Enterprise. If not, how about Shatners costume for the film? (Still holding out hope!)

October 30, 2007 1:42 pm

Gary Lee, you don’t want a troublemaker like Mandy Patinkin on the set of “Star Trek”. This production is already under enough pressure as it is without having to deal with one of Diva Mandy’s drama queen snits.