New Trek Actors Confirmed February 9, 2008by Charles Trotter , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback
TrekMovie.com has confirmed two more actors appearing in the new Star Trek film. Up and coming actor Kelvin Yu has already filmed his role as a medical technician, while Holland-born boxer turned actress Lucia Rijker will begin shooting her role as a communications officer (not on the Enterprise) next month.
About Lucia and her role in Star Trek [incl. spoilers]
Rijker will be playing a Romulan communications officer, further confirming the Romulans’ presence in the movie. A source tells TrekMovie.com that Rijker has a decent-sized speaking role and that she won the part after two auditions. She is scheduled to shoot her scenes during the first two weeks of March. In addition to being an actress, Lucia is a professional boxer and kickboxer, although she will not be utilizing these skills for her Trek role. She did show off her boxing talents in the Oscar-winning movie Million Dollar Baby, in which she had a supporting role and served as the film’s boxing advisor. She currently has a recurring role in Showtime network series The L Word. More on Rijker: Official Site | IMDb
Lucia Rijker, an actress that could kick your butt
About Kelvin [no spoilers]
As of now all that can be confirmed with Yu is that he has a speaking role as a Starfleet Medical technician, and that his work is already completed. The UCLA grad first worked for Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams on an episode of Abrams’ first television series, Felicity, and was most recently seen in the Abrams-produced monster smash, Cloverfield. Yu started in television with a recurring role on the WB’s Popular and has since appeared on such shows as Frasier, ER, Gilmore Girls, Without a Trace, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Yu had a supporting role in the 2006 comedy Grandma’s Boy and has also starred in numerous short films and has even written and directed a few of his own. One short he starred in was My Prince, My Angel, which paired him with Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Linda Park (Hoshi Sato). He later appeared on Park’s new series, Women’s Murder Club, in an episode with Star Trek: Voyager‘s Robert Picardo (The Doctor). See IMDb for more on Yu.
Kelvin Yu…Star Trek’s new Medic
Counting Yu and Rijker, the total number of known cast members is now 29. TrekMovie.com will have more casting news coming up soon so that number will continue to grow.