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The USA TODAY has a new ‘cast preview’ for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek , with pictures and blurbs about each of the new crew. Much of it is old news but there are a couple of interesting tidbits. The first is on Chris Pine (Kirk) getting a hair style (and advice) from William Shatner. There is also news from Simon Pegg (Scotty) on what role Chris Doohan (son of James Doohan, the original Scotty) will be playing.
Pine gets new hair and Shatner advice
Here is the blurb on Chirs Pine about his hair and his correspondence with The Shat:
Pine, whose hair has been lightened to resemble Shatner’s 1966 ‘do, says he has not yet met Shatner, but wrote him a letter saying, “I’m not trying to copy what you did.” Shatner wrote back “a very kind letter wishing me good luck.” Shatner Jokes about their correspondence: “I told him to keep his letters to himself. Stop brown-nosing around here. Just act straightforward.
Pine January 2007 (L) and January 2008 (C), Shatner 1966 (R)
Beam me up Doohan
The blurb on the new Scotty (Simon Pegg) also had some news. He revealed that his Scottish accent is being helped by his real-life Scottish wife. But the more interesting bit was actually about Chris Doohan, son of James Doohan. From the Pegg blurb:
[Chris] contacted me shortly after I was cast. We’ve been e-mailing, and we’re hoping to get together and have a drink. I told him I would do everything I could to make my performance a complete tribute to his father. And I think he might be coming on (for an on-screen cameo) in the transporter room.
It is already known that Marlene Forte will be appearing as the Transporter Chief for Star Trek, but usually the transporter room was a two person job. It would appear that Doohan is giving Forte a hand.
“Star Trek” with a Doohan at the transporter console…again
The blubs from Quinto, Yelchin, Cho, Saldana and Urban had the usual (but nice to hear) stuff about meeting and/or respecting their predecessors and Trek’s past. Check out the rest of the USA TODAY “Star Trek” cast preview.
(Images: Wire Image and Paramount)