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Exclusive Video: Cho, Saldana, Quinto, Urban & Greenwood On What They Want In Star Trek Sequel November 22, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Interview,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

The returning stars for the Star Trek sequel expected in 2012 may not know what to expect, but they do have some ideas about what they would like to see. At the Star Trek DVD release party TrekMovie talked to John Cho, Zoe Saldna, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto and Bruce Greenwood about their hopes for their characters and got an earful on ass kicking, chair blinking and more.


Star Trek Actors Talks Star Trek sequel

Video taken at the Star Trek Blu-ray/DVD Party


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John Cho

Zoe Saldana

Zachary Quinto

Karl Urban

Bruce Greenwood

Photo by Carla Van Wagoner

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November 22, 2009 5:40 pm

I second Bruce Greenwood — i would much rather see Pike back on his feet! Great to hear all of their comments. We just watched ST on Bu-ray Friday night, and I had to catch myself from saying “wow” every few seconds. Just amazing, and so much fun.

November 22, 2009 5:41 pm

Triumvirate? what Does that mean?

Anthony Lewis
November 22, 2009 5:46 pm

If I remember my Roman history (and I should I just finished a class on it) it is a latin word that means “of three men” and was used to describe a powerful government consiting of three main rulers.

The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise
November 22, 2009 5:52 pm

The triumvirates I’m hoping to see are Kirk, Decker, and maybe a new captain on the Federation side and Kor, Koloth, and Kang on the Klingon side in a Federation vs. Klingon Empire story arc. That could be done in the vein of The Dark Knight if done right in my opinion.

Adam E
November 22, 2009 5:53 pm

Didn’t consider seeing Pike in the sequel. I loved the character in the film and would love to see Greenwood portray the character again, in something more than a cameo.

November 22, 2009 6:01 pm

Aaron… Triumvirate is a nonreligious way of saying Trinity….and I agree with #3 and with Bruce Greenwood; Pike needs to get outta the chair… The Enterprise is the FLAGSHIP therefore it needs A FLAG OFFICER STATIONED ON-SHIP, which would give Pike a more meaningful role and add a good allegory with Kirk worrying about Big Brother lookin over his shoulder

Sulus internal battle Cho referred to should be, in a nod to Takei, a battle with his acknowledging his blossoming homosexuality

November 22, 2009 6:01 pm

I received my DVD yesterday and watched it last night. Have to say i liked it much better than the one time in the theater last May. Hope we don’t have to wait more than three years for the next one.

Happy Thanksgiving All and safe travels!

November 22, 2009 6:11 pm

This is fine, so long as it’s not intrusive and disrespectful to opposing beliefs. This is still a very controversial and religiously debated subject. I think respect needs to move in both directions to keep representation of this matter fair, and from being stuffed down anybody’s throat.
Sulus internal battle Cho referred to should be, in a nod to Takei, a battle with his acknowledging his blossoming homosexuality

November 22, 2009 6:13 pm



1. Klingons (#4 above is right)
2. Khan (only at the end of ST XII, please…see Klingons, above)
3. Guardian (I’m looking at you, Harlan…)
4. Q/Trelaine
5. Doomsday Machine
6. (Balance of Terror — highly unlikely, given ST XI plotline)
7. Kelvan Empire
8. Gorn
9. Organians (see Klingons, above)

Anyway, what I guess I’m saying is the next movie should have some good old fashioned Klingon antagonists, in an extended plotline, with the Botany Bay being discovered at the very end. Or after the credits…

Otherwise, of the above, I like the doomsday machine or a modern take on the Kelvans.


Hat Rick
November 22, 2009 6:13 pm

I think it would be appropriate to give Kirk as much free rein in the movie as in the original TV series. No need to cramp his style, and besides, if Pike were needed on the spot all the time, he might as well command the ship himself.

I do want to see Pike in action, however.

Also, there should be no confusing Sulu with Takei.

November 22, 2009 6:14 pm

Man what a cast. I like that Cho wants less action, whereas Zoe wants some action scenes- the grass is always green on the other side. I wonder what Yelchin wants in the sequel, or Pegg for that matter.

Lt. Liz
November 22, 2009 6:17 pm

Greenwood is hilarious! I really hope they bring back Pike, he was so wonderful in the film. And I totally agree with Urban; more Bones interaction with everyone and more Bones in general! He made McCoy my favorite character. :)

November 22, 2009 6:18 pm

As far as “triumvirate” goes… The very first Triumvirate, which consisted of Caeser, Crassus, and Pompey, predated Christ by nearly a hundred years. A Triumvirate, as Anthony mentioned, was a form of Roman government divided amongst three powerful leaders. Didn’t work out too well, either.

November 22, 2009 6:27 pm

Kirk, Spock and McCoy are (in most people’s opinion, I think) the heart of Star Trek. More than the Enterprise. More than the rest of the ensemble. Determination, logic and passion are the three most important ingredients to achieve any accomplishment. The characters of Kirk, Spock and McCoy have accomplished immortality by being what they are.

I’d love to see a story which contains Pike going after Kirk, to prevent him from doing something that is morally right, but viewed as wrong by law. Something like that…..

November 22, 2009 6:28 pm

Uhura could indeed kick some ass.
Kirk and Uhura alone… he’s the macho again.
Kirk: “Forget for just a moment that I’m the captain, okay?”
Uhura: “Aye…”
She kicks him.
Uhura: “…Sir.”

November 22, 2009 6:32 pm

We need more of Admiral Pike, continuing his role of mentor to Kirk, without intruding to much, all while walking around with some functioning legs. Let’s face it, Kirk is still a kid, with the best command in the whole fleet, still think it’s ludicrous!

November 22, 2009 6:41 pm
It is intriguing to consider how these actors will play out through a sequel that’s 3 years away. TOS cast owned those roles — and the roles owned them — for 3 consecutive seasons. We saw them weekly. They didn’t have many, if any, extra-Trek appearances so the audience bonded with them individually and as an ensemble through a series of innovative and provocative episodes. When feature-length Trek movies bloomed, the actors were fully immersed in their characters and so was the audience. The 09 cast is going to have to re-establish in a sequel (after all that time) before… Read more »
November 22, 2009 6:57 pm

I still marvel at Karl Urban’s accent. It’s like House in space! :)

November 22, 2009 7:11 pm

I would really love to see Uhura command the Enterprise while the other characters are busy. I do not think Uhura has taken temporary command before…… am i right ? I think she might have taken temporary command in the animated series (forgot).

November 22, 2009 7:15 pm

I’d like to see Pike involved on some level. Obviously the timeline is changed. He was not on the Enterprise and did not meet the weird women with big heads from The Cage episode in the original timeline.

One question – since Spock Prime mind melded with Kirk, would Kirk possibly have gained some insight into future events?

November 22, 2009 7:16 pm

“Greenwood would like to see Pike “on site” and not ‘back on Earth’

“Greenwood does not want Pike in ‘the chair’, noting ‘the blinking, the beeping, it’s been done.'”

LOVE Greenwood’s suggestion.

Sybok's Secret Brother
November 22, 2009 7:21 pm

I would love to see the next move with Bruce Greenwood’s Captain Pike on one last mission as Captain of the Enterprise to investigate the disappearance of the SS Columbia, lost somewhere in the Talos Star Group…

November 22, 2009 7:39 pm

Or they could just do a big budget remake of Plato’s Stepchildren. Complete with a midget riding Kirk like a horse and Kirk and Spock’s Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum dance moves.

November 22, 2009 7:39 pm

As much as I’d love a nod to Takei, there are too many episodes with Sulu lusting after pretty women on various planets and away missions for that t work.

November 22, 2009 7:49 pm
I like the idea of a conflict between Admiral Pike and Captain Kirk. Pike is sort of a father figure to Kirk, yet I can’t imagine Pike’s going to be too happy with getting command of the Federation’s flagship, seeing it through construction and then losing it on its first mission. I can almost see an Admiral Kirk/Captain Decker-type relationship shaping up – that could be a lot of fun. The Enterprise herself needs to be a central figure. We had 79 episodes of exposition to build up Kirk’s obsession with command of her – hopefully that’ll get played up… Read more »
Captain Dingleberry and the Technicolor Dream Coat
November 22, 2009 7:55 pm

#23 — LMAO!!! That would be the way to kill the franchise again.

However, I think they should put Pike in a scooter pod and just have him beep and blink…and Bruce Greenwood should have to play it.

Wouldn’t that be a stitch? LOL!!!

Hat Rick
November 22, 2009 7:57 pm
14, interesting concept. It would be interesting to see Pike and Kirk in a father-son relationship that somewhat parallels the Vader-Skywalker dynamic. (JJ loves Star Wars, after all.) Imagine this: Romulus asserts a territorial claim over all of Vulcan’s colonies by right of genetic consanguinity. The Star Empire uses the destruction of Nero’s ship as a pretext for strengthening its own claims, despite the fact that Nero stood apart from the Romulans (in ideology, space and time). Pike “goes rogue” (to use a most horrifying cliche’, given the recent book of that name) because he sees that Starfleet is becoming… Read more »
Brett Campbell
November 22, 2009 7:58 pm

Good insights into their characters from this new set of actors. The original cast will be proud of how the new cast is coming to understand these roles.

November 22, 2009 7:59 pm

And yes, I am available to write screenplays.


November 22, 2009 8:16 pm

The sequel will involve Klingons because the general public would expect it, but I think they’ll try to throw Khan at the end for the next sequel because he would be too good to pass up.

November 22, 2009 8:22 pm

I just think the next movie needs to be awesome.

Oh, and NO KHAN!

That’s all.

November 22, 2009 8:23 pm

I like Pike as an Admiral. It would be nice to see a Starfleet Admiral who isn’t deranged, incompetent, in league with enemy forces, or hopelessly detached from the field.

Pat Payne
November 22, 2009 8:57 pm


“going after Kirk, to prevent him from doing something that is morally right, but viewed as wrong by law. Something like that…..”

Didn’t we attend this party before, back in 1984? ;)

November 22, 2009 8:59 pm

It’s going to be tricky, getting all these great actors their own character arc. I think it can be done, but it will take a lot of thought and a really tight screenplay. The second X-Men is a good example of an ensemble film that gave every character a great moment, and a clear arc.

Justice Boy
November 22, 2009 9:00 pm

Takei is gay. Sulu is not.

I want to see Uhura pick up a phaser rifle!

November 22, 2009 9:02 pm

I think they need to have a khan movie, with the borg or klingons as a secondary enemy

November 22, 2009 9:02 pm

It’s cool to see that the cast get their characters and understand what’s interesting to explore.

November 22, 2009 9:03 pm

Triumvirate in terms of Star Trek TOS refers to Kirk, Spock, and McCoy: it is the relationship between these three that is the core of TOS in terms of character. Spock would be the logical viewpoint, McCoy the emotional, and Kirk the balance of the two.

November 22, 2009 9:13 pm

#25 i tthought the same thing. there’s conflict written all over the kirk/pike dynamic. i can almost see pike taking a decker type turn with kirk reminding him of the bar talk scene in trek xi, probably repeating the “i dare you to do better” line before pike comes to his senses and sacrifices himself to save the enterprise and her crew. …just a thought.

November 22, 2009 9:35 pm

I think, dramatically, it is very likely that Pike will still have his tragic accident, or some variation of it. Having Pike on board, as someone previously suggested, would preempt Kirk as captain of the Enterprise.
Maybe Pike would be seriously injured saving civilians from a class J ship, including the pregnant Carol Marcus, in the Klingon sneak attack that initiates the Federation-Klingon War.
He could survive in the chair, but be connected in cybernetically and communicate as a virtual version of himself, still appearing undamaged, preparing Starfleet cadets to go to war.

Kirk's Kid
November 22, 2009 9:48 pm

#18. Everyone knows Kirk and Spock have been a couple since the beginning. Although I have to admit, Sulu never got the girl.

November 22, 2009 9:48 pm

but, remember episodes like galileo seven, were there was a commodore or whatever on the enterprise, and Kirk had to make that sacrificial choice of the one or the many. it could be interesting seeing pike as that figure, the one making sure kirk is doing his job. and it would make sense for kirk’s character, after his rush promotion to captain of the flagship, it would make sense that he’s under scrutniy by the higher ups of the UFP and that kirk would have to prove himself as more then a one nights stand as a captain

Hat Rick
November 22, 2009 10:08 pm
Yeah, one thing about the DVD commentary that struck me was the statement that the timeline was “trying to repair itself” through all the fated meetings of Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the crew. (Please, no “Final Destination” remarks.) Pike might have to experience some major personal injury in order for that to occur. I like the idea of Pike communicating as some virtual version of himself. If so, he would become more powerful than Pike Prime could have possibly imagined. (Kind of like Obi-Wan Kenobi after he passed, for those who don’t mind an occasional SW reference.)… Read more »
Chris Roberts
November 22, 2009 10:18 pm
This Is the first I heard of buce greenwood signed for the sequel.I was hoping Admiral Pike would be In sequel.My hope Is when Starfleet contacts Kirk It Is Pike. If they use Khan they have to keep his 1990’s eugenics Wars background Intact. My hopes for sequel Spock Is more the wise Logicil character he was In the original series. Spock mccoy arguments Kirk Spock Mccoy trio similar to original Series More of Scotty than just comic relief Introduce Yeoman Rand.Play up Kirk Rand attraction more but remember In the original Kirl didn’t go nailing the women on the… Read more »
November 22, 2009 11:09 pm
I’m all for Pike being in the sequel, the question is….in what capacity? Bruce Greenwood is far too good of an actor to sit in a chair on the sidelines. Maybe he needs a different ship so that he can team up with Kirk and the Enterprise as the next movie builds to a climactic conclusion. Exactly what that mission is, that they team up for….who knows, but he needs to be in this thing without sitting in a chair (let alone beeping-since there’s no indication he was THAT badly hurt by Nero’s “pet”). I think it would make much… Read more »
November 22, 2009 11:42 pm

13- “Why you, I aughtaa!”

I can see Pike being an Admiral (he seemed to have that rank at the end of the movie) and commanding a fleet of ships, you have to figure that with the fleet rebuilding (they lost a lot of ships last time) they need some strong leadership and inspiration at Earth. They kept talking about Pike having this Kennedy-esque air about him, so it seems like a perfect fit.

November 22, 2009 11:59 pm

47- Three Stooges reference (on that thought about the triumvirate)

November 23, 2009 12:31 am
Sulu, chekov, uhura, scotty, nurse chapel, and kevin riley are just secondary charactors, The actors who portrayed them can wish for whatever they want, but their role will not change or grow much in the movies..there is not enough time, It would be better if their growth was illustrated in a tv series , books and comic books. Bones on the other hand , like kirk and spock will always get the spotlight, which is what made the three of them the heart and soul of the movies. as far as pike, it’s alot like the deal shatner got in… Read more »
November 23, 2009 12:43 am
For the same reasons they let Geordi keep his visor throughout the seven seasons of TNG, they should keep Pike in that chair. People with disabilities exist, are everywhere, and should be granted a place in this beautiful future as well. As happy as Trek is to embrace different colours, it must continue to embrace different shapes as well. And Pike would be an amazing representative. Forget the beeping lights. They aren’t there. Just give him the little chair he had at the end of STXI. That’ll do. Count me as one fan at least that will be disappointed to… Read more »
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November 23, 2009 1:08 am

Uhura wielding a phaser sounds great! Only, I would like them to fix the new phasers… what’s the point of having moving parts that flick back and forth in the future?

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