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Paul McGillion Talks A Little Trek December 18, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Last week broke the news that Stargate Atlantis’ Paul McGillion will have a small role in the new Star Trek movie. Apparently Paul didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, but now that the cat is out of the bag he is willing to comment (a little). The actor is keeping mum on his role, but did tell…

It was really great to be offered a part in Star Trek and a thrill to work with JJ Abrams who is an absolute class act. I must say that after I wrapped my first day on the set of Star Trek, I called my agent in Vancouver to tell her what a terrific experience it was. I’m sure the fans are going to be in for one heck of a ride.

McGillion will next be seen in the final episodes of the 4th season of Stargate Atlantis airing in February 2008. He appears (briefly) in a new Sci-Fi Channel promo (below).


1. AJ - December 18, 2007

Sounds great. I really hope he gets an existing character like Finnegan or Riley.

2. allister Gourlay - December 18, 2007


3. allister Gourlay - December 18, 2007

rats seems not lol…

4. J.D. Lee - December 18, 2007

new character or old character>? Hmmmm..

5. non-fanatic - December 18, 2007

#2 and #3
Argghhh, what a shame! We were all so pleased for you for being ‘first’ and then it turns out that you weren’t. Such a shame. Better luck next time, we’re all behind you.

6. Snake - December 18, 2007


Gary Michell?

Capt Garrovick?


7. Snake - December 18, 2007

Finnegan?..Finney?…Capt Garrovick?…Gary Michell (too old?)

8. Snake - December 18, 2007

whoops – double post..and 8th!

9. admiraldeem - December 18, 2007

#5 Translated: “First” is lame. Now 2-3 looks stupid.

Why am I so excited over a small unnamed role? This movie has be really hooked!

10. Iowagirl - December 18, 2007

All characters mentioned in this thread so far would be quite consequential and recognizable supporting casts against the background of the well-known TOS lore, which probably means he won’t be playing one of them.

11. Captain Hackett - December 18, 2007

No. 6 –

James Kirk’s older brother, George Jr?

12. Snake - December 18, 2007

11 – i thought it was Sam?

13. Mike T. - December 18, 2007

Actually, Paul McGillion’s character died on Stargate SG1. His doctor character was removing a explosive from a patient when it exploded.

He would have been a good Scotty. Really looking forward to seeing a good sci-fi movie, not just a good Trek movie.

14. Mike T. - December 18, 2007

Sorry, I meant to say he died on Stargate Atlantis, So used to saying SG1 after all of those years of it being on the air.

15. cameron - December 18, 2007

Maybe he is doing the part of Captin Robert April?

It would fit especially if the teaser trailer is showing the Enterprise Under construction??!!??

16. AJ - December 18, 2007

Lee Kelso?

Dr. Boyce or Piper?

17. flier1701 - December 18, 2007

How about Mr. Kyle?

18. Snake - December 18, 2007

the ‘unknown’ Starfleet Captain?

19. Gabriel Bell - December 18, 2007

Richard Daystrom?

20. Chris Doohan - December 18, 2007

That is GREAT news that Paul got a part. Congrats!! I’m really looking forward to this movie.

21. USS SANTA - December 18, 2007

Hey Chris, no disrespect to Paul who I think is a talented actor, but it would have been a dream come true to see you reprise the character your Dad created. We miss him so much it would wonderful to see “Scotty” stay in the family. I truly hope that you have some involvement in the film. It would be cool to hear one of your songs on the soundtrack. It’s no too late.
Wishing you, and your family the best holiday ever.

22. Cervantes - December 18, 2007

You were robbed…

23. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007

#7 If this is about altered timelines, then he’s not to old to play Gary Mitchell in an altered timeline in which Mitchell didn’t die on Planet Delta Vega. (However, I don’t think he’s playing Mitchell.)

I think he could play some totally new character who is an officer on the Enterprise or the Farragut, or even Capatin Garrovick, as ‘snake’ and others have suggested.

By the way…
#12 Kirk’s brother is George Samuel Kirk, but Jim (and possibly others?) call him “Sam”.

24. Cervantes - December 18, 2007

That was for Paul AND Chris…

25. richpit - December 18, 2007

#19 – clearly not Richard Daystrom…he’s got the wrong eye color! ;-)

26. cd - December 18, 2007

The way we are seeing Kirk’s mom and dad, maybe he is playing Scotty’s dad. Would not surprise me at this point.

27. ZoomZoom - December 18, 2007

Great to see he’s coming back to Alantis.
See, being killed off in SciFi means NOTHING! :) Maybe the Stargate writers could get Shatners Kirk into an episode? ;) :)

28. Pragmaticus - December 18, 2007

He’s way too old to play Finnegan. Come on now, just think about it.

29. cw - December 18, 2007

what about some arbitrary RED SHIRT named ‘Guy’? He could be doing that……

30. Paul B. - December 18, 2007

#28 – How’s he too old for Finnegan? (You gave us nothing to “just think about.”)

Finnegan was an upperclassman while Kirk was in the Academy, so it’s fitting that he’d be a few years older than Kirk. McGillion is 10 (or 11?) years older than Pine, so he could be perfect for Finnegan.

Think about it: the Finnegan we saw in “Shore Leave” was a recreation from Kirk’s memory, so Kirk was remembering a younger version. Besides, actors play different ages all the time, and McGillion can play at least a few years younger than he is.

Of course, thinking of Finnegan makes me wonder about the cadet uniform was saw him wearing (and which reappeared in “Wolf in the Fold,” I think). It’s that shimmery silver shirt: is the Abrams team going to use that? I doubt it, but it would be a nice retro-futuristic look for the Academy.

31. ensign joe - December 18, 2007

Why not an instructor at the academy?

32. Howard Jones - December 18, 2007

How about Mr. Kyle? I always liked the way John Winston played Transporter Chief Kyle. Clearly a competent, professional guy. Seems like a character that would have to be around in any kind of reboot, though not necessarily in the first movie, and not with a super important role. Just a familiar face doing his job. Or in this case, a new face playing the familiar face… well, you know what I mean.

33. dalek - December 18, 2007

He’s a great actor and by all accounts great guy too.

I for one am looking forward to his return on Stargate Atlantis and his role as Carol Marcus in Star Trek 11.

34. Snake - December 18, 2007

26 – yes he’ll be playing scotties dad pre conception of Scottie so we’ll see him walking about but with scottie in his testicals ready to be unloaded.

just call it Star Trek: Conceptions

35. Charles Trotter - December 18, 2007

#6 Snake

TrekMovie has already reported that Garrovick is not in the movie.

Based on his age, I would say he might be playing Ben Finney… though I think it’s most likely he’ll be playing a previously-unseen character.

36. I AM THX-1138 - December 18, 2007

He’s De Salle I tell you. Or he’s not.

37. Nelson - December 18, 2007

Wow, JJ Abrams is shooting these scenes really quickly with all these, don’t know a better term, supporting roles. Roll one person in, shot their scenes, move ’em out and in the next!

I suspect there will be more meaty scenes coming up with the main cast(?) Just getting all the preliminaries out of the way.

38. Captain Hackett - December 18, 2007

12 –

I stand corrected.

39. Captain Hackett - December 18, 2007

19 –

Dr. Richard Daystorm is black.

40. Jen - December 18, 2007

Woot, I’m now back in line to see the movie. I wasn’t going to see it after he was robbed of the role of Scotty, but I’ll go see it again now. Paul is a fantastic actor. And I’m SO glad the power that be on Stargate: Atlantis are bringing him back. Hopefully full time

41. Ali - December 18, 2007

Note he said on set, not on location. Scottie’s dad I bet

42. Iowagirl - December 18, 2007


Yeah, gives you the impression of surgery hours – Emergency Trek, Part I.

43. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007


I suppose that’s possible, but I think he will be an all-new character with no family ties to any original cast member — such as Lt. Commander “Smith” of the USS “Whatever”, or something such as that.

I don’t think Scotty’s dad would be that relevant to this film (although I can’t say for sure), plus just because McGillion can do a good Scottish accent on ‘Stargate’ doesn’t mean he will necessarily play a Scotsman in Star Trek.

44. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007


When I said “original cast member” I meant “original crew member” — Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, et al.

45. Jupiter1701 - December 18, 2007

Doctor Carol Marcus!

This is 2007, after all.

(No, I’m not being serious. Besides, he doesn’t have the right color eyes, and his nose is 1/16″ larger than the original actor who played the role)

Heh heh heh.

46. eb - December 18, 2007

Wonder why Paul’s keeping mum on his role. I guess it could just be the less said the better the chance of spoiling fans before the movie hits the theaters.

47. eb - December 18, 2007

Should be of not spoiling the fans…

48. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007

#46 & 47

I thought I read somewhere that the cast and crew have signed non-disclosure agreements. Paul McGillion is probably just honoring that agreement.

49. Steve Hill - December 18, 2007

Maybe Paul is an alien hope we can tell it’s Paul.

50. Harry Ballz - December 18, 2007

#46 “Wonder why Paul’s keeping mum on his role”

Maybe because playing Scotty’s mum WAS his role! :)

51. yalruoG retsilla - December 18, 2007


52. Dr. Image - December 18, 2007

I’d love to see his Scotty audition vs. Pegg’s.
The more I think about it, the more I think Pegg will be a riot in the roll.
I mean, the “serious Scotty” was always kinda dry anyhow. It was when Doohan got cranked up when he was at his classic best.
I think this quality is what the producers saw in Pegg.

53. trekfansince70 - December 18, 2007

Hmmmm why no mention yet on the site of the jfxonline shots of the supposed trek unfiorm…I bet they are academy unis.

54. Ali - December 18, 2007

#43 I thought he was Scottish and couldn’t do a non Scots accent?

55. Vejur - December 18, 2007

i still think McGillion would be better choice then Pegg for Scotty part.

56. Viking - December 18, 2007

#20 Chris – you were up for a small part – is you is, or is you ain’t in the movie? Inquiring minds want to know…….LOL ;-)

57. AJ - December 18, 2007

Kodos? “Jones…Name’s Smith, Sir”?

I would love to have Gary Mitchell in the film. They would return together drunk from shore leave with assorted STDs, get a hypo and go to bed.

Info, please.

58. TJ - December 18, 2007

# 52 I’ve just seen Paul starring in an awesome comedy stage production up in Vancouver and the man is HILARIOUS live, nevermind on screen, that takes a lot of comedic talent! His role of ‘Carson Beckett’ was equally comedic and dramatic so he could have easily handled BOTH elements for the Scotty role. The acting chops weren’t the question IMO. JJ has a habit of hiring actors for big roles who’ve worked with him before (in small or lead roles). So Pegg had the advantage with a foot in the door from his MI:3 role.

59. Pragmaticus - December 18, 2007

I watched WNMHGB again the other day, and I was amazed at how much Pegg looks like James Doohan if Pegg were to dye his hair. I think he’ll look a lot like Scotty circa WNMHGB.

60. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 18, 2007

Nurse Chapel??????

Does Paul have the legs for the mini skirt????

61. Jackson Roykirk - December 19, 2007

#54 He was born in Scotland, but his family moved to Canada when he was a “wee lad” (very young). His father and mother of course speak with a Scottish accent, but Paul McGillion normal way of speaking is without a Scottish accent. He normally speaks with a generic North American accent (with maybe a little bit of Canadian thrown in.)

Here’s a Youtube video of him speaking at a convention (the video is shot “sideways” for some reason):

62. HSIV - January 31, 2008

a) yes McGillion’s character died on Stargate Atlantis but now they had a replicator-built Atlantean team that was on a duplicate Atlantis surface so it is possible Dr. Beckett is alive and it was a replicator clone who had infiltrated Atlantis who died; not him…as 4 who McGillion could play in the film how about SCOTTY’S DAD? IT WOULD BE A GREAT IRONY SINCE DOOHAN’S SON IS IN THE FILM=]=]=]=] is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.