A new name is now linked to be in the running for Kirk. IESB.net reports that 28-year-old actor Mike Vogel (Poseidon) is " the front runner" to take on the role of James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film. IESB cites ‘two studio insiders,’ but acknowledge no confirmation. TrekMovie.com cannot confirm or deny anything except that has no Kirk deal has been done. Sources have recently told TrekMovie.com that Abrams and his casting team have found the task of picking a new Kirk quite challenging. Vogel does have a connection to the Trek team as one of the stars of next January’s untitled monster movie (aka ‘Cloverfield’, aka ‘1-18-08’) being produced by J.J. Abrams and fellow Trek producer Bryan Burk.
Vogel began his career as a model, including modeling for Levis. His first work as a professional actor was in 2001 as a recurring character in the TV series Grounded for Life. If he were to land the role this wouldn’t be his first stint in a remake/reimagining – Vogel had a supporting role the 2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In addition to his roles in 1-18-08, Chainsaw Massacre and Poseidon (pictured) Vogel has 8 other feature film credits in his short career; including acting along side Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner in the 2005 romantic comedy Rumor Has It (see clip below).
In IGN’s report on this rumor, they add this interview clip of Vogel being interviewed for Poseidon