The WENN entertainment news service is reporting
TOM CRUISE is in negotiations to reteam with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 director JJ ABRAMS for the next STAR TREK movie. The movie superstar is reportedly a huge fan of the sci-fi franchise and jumped at the chance to play a cameo role in the new film, which will be directed by Abrams. An insider tells Canada’s TV Guide magazine, "He didn’t even need to be begged to appear in it.".
Is it true?
It is hard to tell if there is any truth to the story. TrekMovie.com has reproted that Abrams is talking to ‘A and B’ list actors and Cruise and Abrams have a good working relationship. On the other hand Cruise and Paramount Pictures recently had their big public falling out, so it would be a bit surprising that Tom would be willing to attach his name to one of their big franchises so soon (and surprising that Paramount would want him to). The WENN story also mentions that Abrams is currently auditioning people for the roles of McCoy and Scotty which is similar to the story TrekMovie reported last week. The TrekMovie story also mentioned that Abrams is looking at MI3 crew people for Trek XI, but TrekMovie have not heard anything about Cruise or other MI3 stars appearing in Trek XI. That being said we did suggest that Cruise would make a great villain for Trek XI, but didn’t really think that it would ever happen. Right now take this report with a big grain of salt, WENN has been wrong before on Trek XI stories.
Cruise is shopping for projects, Paramount seems happy without him
Not confirming or denying, but Variety has a story today on "3 pix atop lit for Cruise‘. None of films they mention are Star Trek XI, but the focus is on starring roles. Access Hollywood is reporting that Cruise is looking to revamp his image with his next projects. Plus on Monday during and interview with CNBC Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone defended his decision to cut Cruise loose saying "I hoped I was saying goodbye to a type of business,…We were paying too much to the stars, and stars don’t make a picture, the script does. We were paying too much and getting too little."
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