James Doohan’s son Chris Doohan’s name first came up in relation to the new Star Trek film last February when he started a somewhat tongue-in-cheek campaign to land the role of Scotty. He has since gracefully endorsed the selection of Simon Pegg to fill his father’s shoes as the Enterprise’s engineer. That might have been the end of the story, but recently rumors arose that Doohan actually got an audition. TrekMovie.com contacted Chris and he confirmed that he recently read for an unnamed ‘minor speaking role.’ Doohan wouldn’t go into details, but stated:
Star Trek has been a huge part of my life since I was about seven years old, so you can only imagine how honored I am that they asked me to audition.
Doohan has not been offered a part, but he remains hopeful and thinks working with the cast and J.J. Abrams “would be a dream come true.” Chris feels that he would not have got the audition if it weren’t for the support of the fans. “My dad always loved his fans and now I know why,” said Doohan. If he lands the small part it would not be his first time appearing in a Star Trek feature. Chris and his brother Montgomery had background roles in Star Trek The Motion Picture back in 1979.
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