Report: No Original Star Trek Actors In Sequel

A new report cites a source (presumably attending the LA premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) who claims the upcoming Star Trek movie will not have any original Star Trek stars in it. So no Shatner, Nimoy, etc. See more details below.


Report: No (original) Star Trek stars in Star Trek sequel

Showbizz 411 had this bit in their report from the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol premire:

The next “Star Trek” installment, directed by J.J. Abrams, will have no members of the original cast. No Shatner, no Nimoy. No classic recipe Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Chekhov or Sulu. The last “Star Trek” film featured Leonard Nimoy as Spock. But sources close to the next film, many of whom worked with Abrams on the new “Mission Impossible,” confirmed for me last night that none of the originals has been invited back this time. “MI4″‘s Simon Pegg, who now plays Scotty (original Scotty, James Doohan, is in space heaven now with original Bones, DeForrest Kelly), quipped, “That would involve time travel. And if the real Scotty showed up, that would be something.”

As for the actors themselves, Leonard Nimoy has said on a number of occasions that he does not expect to return for the sequel and he feels that he has passed the baton to Zachary Quinto and the new crew. As for the rest of the original Star Trek crew, all (especially Shatner) would love to get a chance to suit up again.

As noted by TrekMovie before, many crew members (in addition to the producers) of the fourth Mission movie are also working on the Star Trek sequel, however this report is from an unnamed source so should be treated as rumor.

Leonard Nimoy in 2009 "Star Trek" – report says he and his fellow original series stars will not be seen in the sequel

POLL: Do you want an original star in Star Trek sequel?



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December 20, 2011 6:05 pm

Hopefully Bob can shed some light

December 20, 2011 6:06 pm

Isnt Shatner doing a one man show for 15 weeks? That would pretty much tie him up for most of the shooting schedule. So it seems that this would be true at least for Bill

December 20, 2011 6:08 pm

Anthony you are usually pretty solid in confirming or debunking reports like this. Any thoughts??

December 20, 2011 6:13 pm

I think Nichel would make a great mother for Zoey

December 20, 2011 6:20 pm

If the original cast appear in anything, it’ll need to be in animation (who wouldn’t like some DC Universe-style Treks?)

No, even though it was beyond wonderful to see Leonard Nimoy in ST09, the new cast was so good, he wasn’t really necessary to the film.

Adam C
December 20, 2011 6:29 pm

Reboot Q to delete this timeline :)

Dee - lvs moon' surface
December 20, 2011 6:33 pm

I voted…”No – time for new crew to go it alone”…

:-) :-)

Captain Hackett
December 20, 2011 6:39 pm

Future Star Trek movies belong to new crew, period.

Captain Hackett
December 20, 2011 6:44 pm

And…. NO SHAT!

bill hiro
December 20, 2011 7:01 pm

“original Scotty, James Doohan, is in space heaven now with original Bones, DeForrest Kelly”

That’s a tad flippant, isn’t it? Those were real people with real families who have had to grieve and suffer their loss. Why not just say they’ve “passed away” instead of the smart ass-ier “in space heaven”? That’s so tacky and cheap. To say nothing of the fact that they couldn’t bother to spell DeForest Kelley’s name right.

Paul B.
December 20, 2011 7:13 pm

#1 – What is there to shine light on? From the start, everyone involved in the films has been pretty clear that there was no plan to use original cast in the sequel, and this report confirms that. Nimoy has been clear that he doesn’t plan to return. Orci and Abrams have been clear that this isn’t going to continue the first film’s story directly and that they didn’t plan to use Nimoy’s Spock in this one.

Seriously, I’m sure Bob (since you’re on a first-name basis with him) has better things to do than “shine light” on an old, standing, unsurprising, and repeatedly confirmed story: No original cast in the sequel.

December 20, 2011 7:23 pm

11 Paul B

Sorry I offended you Paul. As for Bob I did not mean to offend either. Isnt that what he posts as?

Chris H.
December 20, 2011 7:24 pm

Agree completely with #11.

This is not news.

Brian K
December 20, 2011 7:25 pm

Relax bill, I found no offense in that, I thought it was pretty affectionate. I would have referred to it as “Trek Heaven” though……

Paul B.
December 20, 2011 7:40 pm

#12 – Sorry if I came across rough there. I just get aggravated at this idea that Bob Orci (and others) is supposed to be on call to clarify every little thing for us, as so many people posting seem to assume. So, when I saw you suggesting that he should shine light on something that seems painfully clear, I snapped. Sorry ’bout that.

Maybe I should have left it at the question: What’s he supposed to shine light on?

December 20, 2011 7:43 pm

It may not be news but it is a milestone. This will be the first Star Trek movie in which none of the main cast carried over from a Star Trek television series.

Shatner’s baton-passing appearance was Generations. It could have been better but that was it.

December 20, 2011 7:56 pm

I suppose this puts to bed the question, ‘To Shat, or not to Shat?’

December 20, 2011 8:00 pm

Of course, this doesn’t exclude an appearance by Bakula, who would be still riding Scotty ass for beaming Porthos the Third into the middle of an asteroid…………!

December 20, 2011 8:00 pm

15 Paul B.

.No sweat Paul. Since the report came from “unnamed sources” I just thought it should be challenged. It seems the sources were from the mission impossible team. So it is pretty easy to narrow down who they are talking about, I did come across as taking the trekmovie staff and Bob Orci for granted. Point taken

December 20, 2011 8:12 pm

6. Adam C – December 20, 2011

I agree Adam. Nice to know that I’m not the only one who isn’t satisfied with the crap they are putting out know. A movie with Q would be great…the ideas/crew/ships would be endless.

December 20, 2011 8:33 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…please back to Leonard Nimoy ;)

December 20, 2011 8:35 pm


December 20, 2011 8:36 pm

I’d rather have an animated trek series on tv and the actors from the previous treks can voice their parts. Lower production costs..easy for actors to do voice jobs..and we get our Trek back on tv.

December 20, 2011 8:39 pm

Great, end the Shatner speculation but leave us all hanging about whether Khan will be in the movie or not.

Dr. Cheis
December 20, 2011 9:11 pm

Wouldn’t mind seeing Picard…

December 20, 2011 9:41 pm

@7, 8: Quite so.

Commodore Adams
December 20, 2011 9:43 pm

GEEZE people, stop voting for original actors in the movie, Nimoy was nice but its time for Star Trek to move on. These new movies are the time for these young actors to shine, they don’t need hand holding or baby sitting. They have earned the right to do it on their own and I strongly believe there need be no cameos!

December 20, 2011 9:44 pm

They might slip Spock Prime into one of the last comics before the film, just to put a nice bow on that tied-up loose end, but otherwise this is fine by me!

El Chup
December 20, 2011 10:05 pm
It doesn’t make sense to have anyone other than the big three feature in this reboot. I’m sorry fans of Takei, Koenig and Nicholls, but show-horning them in would service no purpose other than gratuitous fan masturbation and wouldn’t fit quietly into the story. As for Shatner, I feel his appearance should’ve come in the last movie. It made some sense to have an appearance with him in some way along with Nimoy since the timelines of old and new crossed. But, again, to have him in the sequel seems gratuitous and makes little sense from a filmaking point of view. The same applies to Nimoy as well. His role in the first movie was clear, but an appearance in the second would be largely pointless It would really service no purpose other than to tell the audience that Star Trek just can’t move past the original cast. I am the biggest fan of TOS, so much so that I even resented TNG when it first debuted. The reboot is hard for me to fully accept because for me the style of the TOS series & movies is very different from the Abramsverse and the recasting is something that I am not comfortable with to this day. Shatner et al were Kirk and Co and anyone else still feels like an cheap immitation. That is not to say that the new cast are in any way poor talent, but I just feel that once you don’t have the TOS actors’… Read more »
Sebastian S.
December 20, 2011 11:05 pm

Let the new cast get out from under the classic cast’s shadow and spread their own wings a bit…


December 20, 2011 11:47 pm

I said long ago under a different handle and I still think that aside from Q, the only oldTrek character who could, given JJ’s new rules on time travel, return and have a logical reason to be there in-story, would be Ben Sisko…namely from a time after the DS9 series finale, while he was up in the Wormhole with The Prophets…they being non-liner and extra dimensional.. either that or a cameo by Scott Bakula as an elderly Jonathan Archer, or Jolene Blalock as an elderly T’Pol (assuming she wasn’t on Vulcan when it…as Beavis and Butthead would say, ‘got sucked into a giant bunghole in space’ (and yes that is what that black hole effect came out looking like LMAO)…of course they could bring in Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan…:)

December 20, 2011 11:49 pm


The Unknown Poster
December 21, 2011 12:10 am

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again about getting Shatner back in Star Trek (and I’ll quote Sarek): Do it now. While there’s still time.

One say, life will intercede and end the debate for good.

Would it be better to save Shatner for a later film? Ofcourse. But time is of the essence here.

I dont care how they do it. I dont care if it’s time travel (which is always a big seller despite people’s qualms about ‘going there’) or a temporal rift or Q snapping his fingers and making it so.

Quite honestly, the fact they’d have to “explain” Generations would be easily answered in one of two ways: 1) Nimoy’s Spock explains it to Pine’s Kirk (and this the audience) or the story is a grander time epic featuring Picard who explains it (and can use “flashbacks” in the form of Holodeck).

Just get it done. I want to see Shatner as THE James T Kirk on screen one last time before it’s too late.

El Chup
December 21, 2011 12:18 am

@ 31 – None of those are ever likely to happen.

@ 33 – The time has already passed. I find it a bit dissapointing that you are so desperate to see an 81 year old Captain Kirk that it really doesn’t seem to matter to you whether or not it makes sense or has a positive or negative impact on the movie.

December 21, 2011 12:29 am

I must say, those of us who have been arguing for several years to not have Shat in the new Trek movie have finally prevailed here. I can remember a poll just 1.5 years ago where still a majority of Trek fans were in favor of Shat having at least a small role. I think Harry, myself and others have finally made our case stick here with Trek fans, and we’ve definitely changed a lot of minds here with our sound reasonings on not including Shat in the sequel.

December 21, 2011 12:59 am

“Gary Mitchell, please report for duty at Enterprise Boarding…Attention, Gary Mitchell…”

Keachick - rose pinenut
December 21, 2011 1:35 am

We won’t see Gary Mitchell in the sequel because he died in the comic retelling/re-imagining of that TOS episode.

Mike Thompson UK
December 21, 2011 2:17 am

Shatner should have been in the last one. What they had written for him.

However at the time of watching, the new cast were so good together I thought then its time they went ahead alone. Warp 2

December 21, 2011 2:27 am

go on then, have a cry about something that’s completely non-offensive and innocuous. Make the internet impossible to wade through for those of us with a spine.

December 21, 2011 2:37 am

I’m fine with only the ST09 crew, but I’d love a cameo of sorts for Bakula/Archer though.

December 21, 2011 2:57 am

@ NuKhan?:

The Beavis reference is Wonderful.

And I think that if they decide that Trek 13 is going to be the last one with the current reboot cast, then they should bring in Spock Prime, and Bat-S#it crazy Avery Brooks, and Admiral Archer, and Shatner if he’s still alive and kicking, and gay Takei and anyone else who wants to participate, for a three hour time and reality hopping adventure. Might as well.

Lope de Aguirre
December 21, 2011 3:21 am

I would hvae loved to see Nimoy again as Spock Prime.

Besides him, I only would have enjoyed actors of TNG or DS9 but portraying other characters (Patrick Stewart, Jeffrey Combs, Marc Aliamo, J.G. Hertzler…).

The Unknown Poster
December 21, 2011 3:24 am

#34 – Clearly I dont think the time has passed. It’s not desperation on my part. It’s simply the fact I understand why many people want a movie without him but I can see a time when that will change and by then it will probably be too late.

I also agree that the part they wrote for him before would have been as close to perfect as we could get and I wish he had done it. One can hope they eventually film it and put it in on some special edition release sometime in the future.

I just think Shatner would sell and would be a great “moment” for us long time fans. It’s only a negative if it’s done poorly. I would, ofcourse, want it done right.

December 21, 2011 3:57 am

Phew! Thank God. No original Star Trek actors! Thank you! I have nothing against Spock Prime returning one day, if Nimoy agrees to star, but enough with the time travel and crossing into alternate universes, okay?

December 21, 2011 4:46 am

I was watching the Captains documentary last night and think its a shame there’s no chance of Shatner appearing in Trek 2013. Bakula too actually.

Any chance they could create that scene which was written for the Trek 2009, while there are sets standing? Pine’s Kirk with that hologram greeting, handed to him by Nimoy Spock? They could then re-release the film with allsorts of other tweeks for the fanbase and do a limited run at the cinema, in the months leading up to the sequel. Or a expanded cut on Blu ray/DVD.

December 21, 2011 6:32 am

I for one am glad that the original actors will not be in it, and I am not alone. According to the poll, it looks like the choice “NO” is leading by 59%.

It would be stupid to have Shatner in it at this point. I do hope for Nichelle Nichols to do the computer voice, though.

December 21, 2011 7:01 am

@34 ahem…I know they’re very unlikely..I was merely saying that theoretically speaking JJ’s time travel rules severely narrow the THEORETICAL pool of people to pick from for a cameo/role IF that were to occur, and before you say it was offtopic or irrelevant, re-read the poll choices.

December 21, 2011 7:14 am

Not really news at all, I agree. As much as I love the original crew, their time has truly passed.

Though it could have been better with *much* better writing in a couple of cases (ahem, Generations), it was a good run.

Do it right, kids. You’re carrying the ball now.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
December 21, 2011 7:37 am

Long Live the Shat.

December 21, 2011 7:38 am

45 Christopher Roberts

I totally agree. It would be a nice way to get Shatner and Nimoy involved without infringing on the new cast. They usually invite people to the set and could be done while the sets are up. However i dont know what the cost would be in terms of getting them to do it , but do know it would surely be a pure gem of a bonus feature on a blu ray /DVD.