It has already been reported that the new Star Trek movie will feature a young/adolescent Spock in addition to the two adult Spocks (Quinto and Nimoy). But it appears the movie will also feature a young James T. Kirk, as well as a young version of his older brother. TrekMovie.com has learned that George Samuel Kirk, Jr. will be played by 15-year-old actor Spencer Daniels, while ComingSoon.net is reporting that the younger James T. Kirk will be played by (almost) 12 year-old actor Jimmy Bennett.
Daniels (George Kirk) recently completed filming on another Paramount film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in which he plays a young version of the title character. He has also appeared on such shows as Cold Case, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office. Bennett (Young Jim Kirk) is known for voicing the character of Roo in various Winnie the Pooh productions. He has appeared in such films as Daddy Day Care, Hostage, The Amityville Horror (with his Star Trek co-star Rachel Nichols), Poseidon, and Evan Almighty.
Jimmy Bennett (young James Kirk) and Spencer Daniels (young George Kirk, Jr.)
“Kirk Begins” (and “Spock Begins” too)
TrekMovie.com has learned that the adolescent Kirk boys have a scene together but apparently not with their parents (George Kirk, Sr. played by Chris Hemsworth and Winona Kirk played by Jennifer Morrison). We already know that Winona Kirk appears pregnant during the film and that we will also see Kirk at Starfleet Academy and points beyond (played by Chris Pine), so the film will show various points in the life of Kirk (as well as Spock).
TrekMovie.com has been reporting for a while that the film will “jump” from one time period to another, and this latest report is further evidence of that. This is somewhat the same approach as seen in another franchise re-invigoration, Batman Begins. And of course Abrams and his team from Lost and Alias are big fans of non-linear storytelling with lots of flash-backs and forwards. Abrams even started off his first feature film, Mission Impossible III (also written by Orci & Kurtzman), with a ‘flash forward.’
George Kirk (whom only Jim called Sam) was first referenced in the TOS episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” and his corpse (“played” by William Shatner) later appeared in “Operation — Annihilate!”. See Memory Alpha for more on George Kirk.
Shatner as dead George Kirk Jr. — nice stache!