Bruce Greenwood won high praise for his portrayal of Capt. Christopher Pike in the 2009 Star Trek movie. As he is not part of the main crew of the Enterprise, it isn’t certain that he will be back. But in a couple of new interviews the actor said he doing what he can to return to the final frontier. He also started another production start rumor.
Greenwood ‘hustling’ for Star Trek sequel – wants out of the chair
Bruce Greenwood is one of the stars of the Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks, due out next weekend. Hollywood.com caught up with the actor at the premiere earlier this week. When asked about the Star Trek sequel (due in theaters June 29th 2012), Greenwood said that he ‘hoped’ he was in it, noting:
I’m hustling for it…we’ll see.
Greenwood also spoke to StarTrek.com about the same topic and Greenwood elaborated on how he is ‘hustling’ saying:
I know they’re writing the script and I encourage them whenever I see them to make Pike a critical element.
But Greenwood again stated that he hopes any Pike sequel action is on his two feet and out of that wheelchair, saying
I think with the latitude of the parallel universe I might be able to get out of the chair, and I’m hoping the mentorship between myself and Kirk (Chris Pine) continues.
Greenwood is ‘hustling’ for another Star Trek ride – but on his two feet
Greenwood starts production rumor but sequel still starting Spring/Summer 2011
Greenwood also told Hollywood.com "I just know the plan is to film it in January, more than that I don’t know". Earlier this year Greenwood said a similar thing to JoBlo.com at he Schmucks set visit, saying "I gather January 2011 is when they’re going to roll cameras". Now based on Greenwood’s comment to Hollywood.com a number of other sites are running "Star Trek sequel starting in January" stories.
However, it appears that Greenwood is working off older info. A few weeks ago producer Bryan Burk told TrekMovie that he was hoping to get production started in "late spring or early summer", and at the same event Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and
Alex Kurtzman said that they were just starting to break the story for the sequel and they have previously stated that the script was due around Christmas 2010. TrekMovie checked with Orci again today, and nothing has changed in their schedule. So it looks like pre-production will be happening as early as January 2011, but cameras will not be rolling until around May/June/July (which would be in line with their schedule for the first film which began production 13 months ahead of the original release date).
Greenwood in Dinner for Schmucks
Dinner for Schmucks, starring Paul Rudd Steven Carell opens this Friday, July 30th. Greenwood plays the boss of a company that has a strange dinner tradition. Here is the trailer.