Multiple reports (including TrekMovie.com’s sources) have indicated that Paramount and the Star Trek film makers want to balance the lesser-known actors of the main cast with some big name stars. They are determined to have the new Star Trek appeal to a much wider audience than previous Trek films and well known stars are part of that plan. The likely spots for the big names would be for Captain/Fleet Captain Pike and for the villain. IGN recently hinted they had heard about interest in a very big name for the villain and now they have revealed that name to be none other than Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe. However, they also noted this was only interest and that their source ‘seriously doubted’ that Paramount and Abrams could convince the busy star to make time available from his other big film projects. Although it is likely that Crowe will not be the one, it is an indication of the caliber and star power they are looking for.
A great bad guy
Little is known about the film’s villain. Recently co-writer Alex Kurtzman stated that he hoped that the new Star Trek will evoke the same response and have the same effect on the franchise as as Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, including having an ‘incredibly great bad guy.’ Assuming the Crowe rumor to be true, then we know that the villain will be a male with a commanding presence. Ironically if they were making this film a decade ago, Crowe would be an ideal candidate for Captain Kirk himself. Many consider his 2003 film Master and Commander to be one of the best Star Trek movies ever made (even though it is actually set in Napoleonic times).
History of Trek Villains
Every Star Trek film has had some fort of adversary or villain. All but two of them were played by actors, with two being ‘entities.’ Mostly they have been played by well known accomplished character actors. Trek’s most famous villain was played by Ricardo Montalban who was starring in the hit TV show Fantasy Island at the time of the film. Trek has never had a bonafied star of the level of Russell Crowe. Over half the villains have been aliens. Khan was human, but genetically enhanced. Shinzon was also human, but was a clone who had gone through accelerated growth. It might be interesting to see a plain ordinary human villain for once. Below is a chart Trek’s villains.
|The Motion Picture||V’Ger||AI Entity||–|
|The Wrath of Khan||Khan Noonien Singh||Genetically Enhanced Human||Ricardo Montalban|
|The Search for Spock||Kruge||Klingon Lord/Ship Captain||Christopher Lloyd|
|The Voyage Home||The Whale Probe||Unkown Alien Device||–|
|Final Frontier||Sybok||Renegade Vulcan||Laurence Luckinbill|
|The Undiscovered Country||Gen. Chang||Klingon Military Leader||Christopher Plummer|
|Generations||Tolian Soran||El-Aurian Scientist||Malcolm McDowell|
|First Contact||Borg Queen||Cybernetic Humanoid||Alice Krige|
|Insurrection||Ru’afo||Son’a leader||F Murray Abraham|
|Nemesis||Shinzon||Accelerated Human Clone of Picard||Tom Hardy|