And now for something not completely different. Last week’s Tom Cruise as Pike and Russell Crowe as a villain Star Trek rumors rippled across the world and are now rippling back from British tabloids. This past week, the Daily Star ran a story claiming that Tom Cruise had actually ‘signed on’ to make a cameo as Captain Pike in the new film, even though that very same rumor was denied a week earlier. According to the tabloid’s supposed ‘source,’ “Star Trek was the start of the huge sci-fi craze and Tom is fascinated by all of it.” More recently, it appears that the Daily Express has received word from yet another ‘insider’ that Crowe “is definitely considering [director/producer] J.J. Abrams’ offer.” The insider also claims that Crowe “was always a ‘Star Trek’ fan as a kid, which is a big bonus.” Of course once the rumors got upgraded by the Brit tabloids they then got picked up by other news outlets (examples: here, here, and here).
A familiar pattern
This ‘second wave’ of rumors from the UK is becoming familiar. There appears to be a pattern ofBritish tabloids taking internet rumors as their own and claiming theyreceived the “tip” from “an inside source.” This was the case when the Daily Star picked up the first rumor regarding Cruise’s involvement in Star Trek and expanded it to state that he would be playing Spock. Of course when they don’t have internet rumors to report sometimes they create their own. It should come as no surprise that Daily Star is the tabloid responsible for the “Robbie Williams as Kirk rumor” published a few weeks back (and debunked soon after). It should also come as no surprise that both the Daily Star and Daily Express are published by the same company, Express Newspapers. So, naturally, it’s probably best to take these latest Cruise and Crowe stories with a gigantic grain of salt… or to not take them at all.
Regardless it does show that this film is creating a lot of buzz.