In the last few years Australian actor Eric Bana has graduated to leading man territory and has fronted big movies such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich and the upcoming Time Traveler’s Wife. So it was big news that he was tapped as the villain Nero in JJ Abrams new Star Trek. However in a new interview, the actor raises the question about how big a role he will play in the film.
The following was in today’s issue of the Australian Herald Sun:
In an interview to discuss the March release of his latest film The Other Boleyn Girl with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, Bana was also anticipating his next job, playing the villain Nero in the new Star Trek movie for Lost creator and Cloverfield producer J.J. Abrams.
He described the role as a cameo. “It’s just a great character, it’s J.J. Abrams. It’s a really well-written script, great part. Couldn’t say no. I don’t actually look at the size of parts ever.”
TrekMovie.com has confirmed that Bana hasn’t yet started shooting on the project, but that his characterization of the role as a ‘cameo’ is an understatement. ‘Cameos’ tend to single scenes done by a celebrity, but the role of Nero will be more than just that. However, it not surprising that the villain character is not totally over-arching in the film. The film is very much an origin story for Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise and so much of the time of the film is spent telling their stories.
It’s not the size of the role, but…
Although Kirk, Spock and the gang are the focus, the character Nero is said to be key to the story. Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman told GeekHeeb in June what they were going for with regards to the film’s villain:
For the “Trek” script a lot of it was what “Trek” meant to us as kids. We’ve been enormous fans of “Trek” since we were little kids. And what it felt like to be in the theater and watch “Wrath of Khan” for the first time was what we wanted people to experience … [want to recapture] that kind of an emotional ride. An incredibly great bad guy against an incredibly high-stakes story that’s just emotional. “Trek” for us is about family and friendship.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer likes to tell the story about how he was concerned when he showed Ricardo Montalban (Khan) the script which he worried didn’t have enough screen time for the actor. According to Meyer, Montalban stated “yes…but when I am not, they are always talking about me!”
The Other Boleyn Girl starring Eric Bana opens February 29, more at the official site.