Yesterday there was a lot of guessing that an actress spotted in the JFX Online Spy Photos was Jennifer Morrison from the TV series House. Today IESB.net confirmed with Morrison’s manager that the actress has an unnamed part in the new Star Trek.
Morrison spotted yesterday (left) and in a publicity still for House (right)
What Role for Morrison? Marcus Confirmed?
Morrison is 28, making her around the same age as Rachel Nichols who has also been cast in an unnamed part. IESB reports that they have confimed that Carol Marcus is in the script and speculates Morrison could play Kirk’s old flame and mother of Kirk’s son (Nichols would be as good a guess for Marcus as well). Now that the 36 year-old Winona Ryder has been cast as Spock’s mother, the notion of Kirk’s mother must also be considered (the idea being that the parents are seen in earlier stages of the lives of Kirk and Spock). So here again is updated the list of possible roles for Morrison (and Nichols).
- Number One (Capt. Pike’s First Officer)
- Carol Marcus (mother of Kirk’s son David)
- Kirk’s mother
- Ruth (another of Kirk’s old flames)
- Nurse Christine Chapel
Yeoman Rand[UPDATE: Abrams ruled this one out]
- other known character
- …or a new character
Morrison on House
Sarek George Kirk?
UPDATED: IESB also has a rumor, citing a ‘source deep inside’ who reports that Australian soap star Chris Hemsworth will be playing Sarek. In an update they now report Hemsworth has been cast as Kirk’s father George Samuel Kirk. Kirk’s father was never seen on screen, but did appear in a number of Trek novels (more details at Memory Beta). Hemsworth is only 24, which is 3 years younger than Chris Pine who plays Kirk. It seems obvious now that, along with Winona Ryder’s casting, that Kirk and Spock’s parents will be seen in at earlier stages of the lives Kirk and Spock.
Chris Hemsworth…Poppa Kirk?