Looks like we can add another superstar name to the list of celeb visitors to the set of JJ Abrams Star Trek. An insider tells TrekMovie.com that none other than Harrison Ford dropped by during the last week of shooting. Apparently he wasn’t there long (and no he does not have a cameo), but did have lunch with Abrams. Ford’s visit was at a different time than that of Steven Spielberg (who recently directed Ford in Indy 4).
Confirming Abrams/Ford project rumors?
Of course JJ Abrams is a well-known Star Wars fan, so it surely was a thrill for him to show Ford around his sci-fi film set, but it wouldn’t be the first meeting. JJ Abrams first film script was for the 1991 film Regarding Henry, which starred Harrison Ford. It is also possible that Abrams and Ford were meeting to discuss “Morning Glory” a romantic comedy which is one of Abrams many projects in development at Paramount and is rumored to involve Ford as the lead.
Did Han Solo meet Captain Kirk?
Recently the new Kirk, Chris Pine said that he was inspired by Ford’s portrayals as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, but it isn’t known if Pine got to talk shop with Ford. Pine isn’t the only Ford admirer on Star Trek. The co-writers, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, were quoted in a recent Entertainment Weekly talking up the Raiders series and Ford specifically, with Kurtzman saying “nobody does action” like Ford.
Also add Michelle Monaghan to the Star Trek celeb visitor list
Our source also says that Michelle Monaghan dropped by the set during shooting (again just a visit, no cameo). Monaghan had a recurring role on Boston Public and also appeared in JJ Abrams Mission: Impossible:III and recently wrapped as the co-star of the thriller Eagle Eye, which is produced by Orci and Kurtzman.
Other celeb visitors to the Star Trek set
- Tom Cruise
- Steven Spielberg
- Ben Stiller
- T.J. Miller
- Nichelle Nichols
- Walter Koenig
- Ron Moore
- Jonathan Frakes
It looks like JJ Abrams Star Trek set was one of the ‘it places’ in Hollywood over the winter.
Abrams’ TOS meetings
The above list shows two TOS stars, but JJ Abrams has actually met with all the remaining main cast for Star Trek: The Original Series. His meetings with Shatner and Takei were before shooting started. He also met with Majel Barrett Roddenberry. Obviously, Leonard Nimoy worked on the film, as did Chris Doohan, son of the late James Doohan. In addition to the actors, TOS writer David Gerrold and Bjo and David Trimble (of the 60s fan campaign fame) also visited the Star Trek set. It appears, so far, that Jonathan Frakes and Ron Moore are the only TNG era visitors.
He’s a frigging legend. What was he doing there?
His nose is really crooked, isn’t it?
It’s almost like–who “hasn’t” visit the set at this point!
This is like the pens scene from A Beautiful Mind. All of Hollywood’s power-players are stopping by to pay homage to JJ.
I cannot remember any other Trek film garnering quite this level of celeb interest.
Remember when Pine was quoted as saying he modeled his KIRK after Indy…? Maybe he was there visiting Pine…
No matter what though – #5 you are right. I can’t recall another film getting these many big-name celeb visits.
With the amount of people involved sight seeing, it’s a miracle more stuff has not been leaked.
JL — Of course! Spielberg is already planning the remake of Indy 4.
If only they could have gotten Ford as the head of Starfleet Academy instead of Tyler Perry. Talk about a casting dream; Indy teaches Kirk how to be Kirk.
I’m in love with Harrison Ford. I’d go gay for him.
Still Shatner hasn’t visited the set…
Is Majel still going to be the voice of the computer?
His crooked nose is from the scene in Blade Runner where Daryl Hannah attacks him and has his head between her legs.
Or so I’ve read somewhere
Woah! Pretty Awesome.
#9 – We think a bit alike on this one. I’ve daydreamed about seeing Ford as Captain Garrovick on the USS Farragut for the same reason: to see Indy/Han teaching Kirk to be Kirk. (Sorta like the way we saw young Indy get some of his style from the hat-wearing guy in Indy III.)
Cap’n Fatty — must be where he got the scar on his chin and the permanent grin, too.
I have confidence in Pine. I take it for granted that he met with Ford – nobody would pass up a golden opportunity. I’m sure he’ll deliver; he’ll be a fine Indiana Jones re-cast when the time is ripe.
It would have been cool if Harrison Ford could have done a cameo in the film don’t you think?
Rip Taylor visited tha’ set as well. Oh, tha’ hoopla that caused.
I believe Tito Jackson also visited the set.
me apologies… I jezt couldn’t resist … I do imagine he be a big deal, eh?
#18 … Not really. I wouldn’t want to see Shatner in Star Wars either.
I had hoped JJ met with Majel.
I also hope he has the sense to use her as The Computer Voice!!
Harrison Ford would take away from the film being a Trek film, it could turn into “the new Harrison Ford Movie”. Trek isn’t about one person being the star and HF makes movies in which he is the star, because he’s the defining moviestar of his generation. It’s great that young actors and writers want to emulate his style, this movie is about youth and rebirth of the franchise. I think that is why its become the who’s who place to be. It’s getting great word of mouth in Hollywood, and the big dogs want to see whats going on, and how they duplicate or emulate that for their own projects.
now wonder they put the relese date of the movie back,,,
there were too many celebs visting the dam set for JJ to get any work done.
i wonder why so many celebrities have visited the set? maybe it is that they are checking out JJ’s directing style?
All this and Carrie Fisher is hinting in the British press about a past affair with Han. Big week for Mr. Ford.
I don’t think a cameo of Ford in a teaching position would take away from the movie if done right. I could have been awesome, if jept under wraps.
Hmmm what about Ford in Trek as…. SOLO!!
Do it JJ. Star (Trek) Wars: The Reckoning
when Leslie Nielson visited tha’ set, he knocked over two cameras, tripped o’er some wiring & fell onto tha’ helms console, smashing it
when Dick Van Dyke visited, he tripped o’er a tribble but no damage was done
Lindsay Lohan ran dead a few stagehands and ya can see part o’ her smooshed Porsche in tha’ second transporter room scene right behind Greenwood and Pine… look fur it, mates!
#26 Ford doesn’t do that. He makes movies in which he is the star, and he makes tons of cash doing that. Doing cameos is generally stars on their way down. Ford’s just proven he at the top of his game. He’ll have the #1 movie this summer. Let’s just chalk it up to professional curiosity as to the all of the celebrity visits to the set of New Trek.
Makes perfect sense. The man was on the lot filming Indy 4 so why not roam the sound stages? Even Harrison Ford has to find something to do to occupy his time between takes…
does anyone know what happened to star trek the tour? i cant find tickets for it anywhere or any recent new!!!!
Sir JJ™ wrote “Regarding Henry”? Man dat was a grate movie! Me love that movie!!!
Get drunk, and get HBO, then get some Regarding Henry!!!
Sounds like my 1990s…
Ford: “Where’s the bathroom?”
JJ (geeks out): “Why…why it’s right here, Mr. Ford! Just pee. Right here. On the bridge.”
Ford: “I have to crap.”
So I wonder when Pam Dawber and Scott Baio will be visiting the set?
11. Antonio: That we know of.
I still say Gene Hackman would have made a great Commandant of the academy or even as Captain April. Sure I am alone in that thought…lol
I just keep thinking about an irate Captain April scolding Kirk for overstepping his bounds …. “I am the captain of this ___ ship!!!”
Think Crimson Tide …
‘hows bout dem phase ii actors representin’ on da set. Me be talking about JC™ and Quinny®.
and me wants to know what kinds of narcotics be on da set. In the 70s and 80s it was the yayo, robert downey junior aiiiight? Den by the 90s it be Kirk Cobain dancin wif da H™ like all dem grungers and whatnot.
Me reckon in the years 2000, it be beef jerky and bottled water. WE HAVE GOTS TO GET GREEN, respek. Big up yo self. Me saw dis on NBC’s earf week – tips to save the planet, like unplug your GE toaster because it be stealing electricity from you.
That was a real commercial sponsored by GE last week. I am not kidding. Of course I about died from the lack of corporate foresight happening there. Talk about your mixed messages.
Someone find that thing on YouTube for me, ok?
Harrison Ford is great actor and why that scientology iidiot Cruise was on the set?
Movies don’t get made in that town without the say-so from Gary Coleman. When will we get the all-important, “Whatchoo talkin’ bout, JJ?” visti?
#11. Nah, Shatner visited the set. It’s just that no one will *say* he visited the set, because he visited the set to film a cameo. Mark my words.
I mean, really. We’re supposed to believe that a nudge like Shatner wouldn’t talk himself onto that set? You think that guy would *ever* shut up when there’s something he wants? And with his son-in-law working there? “Oh. Sorry, Bill. EVERYONE BUT YOU can visit the set, and then we’ll publicize their visits all across geekdom!”
No. He was there. I’m convinced.
You missed your chance. Star Trek: The Tour is dead.
really?! what happened to it? i thought it was supposed to be going all over the place
#29 Harrison ford did do a cameo, though it was a voice cameo in ET
Ahhh Tony Tommy™ and Trek Nerd Central©. Two homebloods from da hood. Keeping the pimp hand long and strong.
I tell ya what fellas… last night i torrented the most marvelous file. A 1976 “Tomorrow” show starring Tom Snyder. With DDeForest Kelley, Doohan, and Chekov, talking about the “new” movie. I am sure that most of you diehards already have it and know what I’m talking about.
Those dudes were all smoking during the interview. Doohan definitely presented as most knowledgeable and caring about the Trek. De was good too, but Chekov was complaining about being famous for being Chekov and not being rich.
Then that ass Harland Ellison came on. I like his arrogance. He’s rough around the edges, that one.
Then I spent some time looking around for other torrents. Got me a 25th Anniversary game cd with the voiceovers to work through dosBox. Saw the borgmovie. com and all that.
In all, it was an eventful evening. I was pretty drunk.
The celebs show up….
1. Because they can
2. Because they are interested in what’s going on with Trek also.
Clint Eastwood showed up on the STTMP set in 1978, there’s a photo of him standing next to William Shatner, who’s in a white spacesuit. Isn’t a set visit kind of like stopping by the company cafeteria for these guys and gals?
I still have this sinking suspicion that someone from the TnG era is going to have to help Spock if he’s to go back in time. Of course, could be wrong. But if I’m right…pretty sweet. Maybe Captain Riker?
11. I don’t understand the point you are making. Are you implying the makers of the film didn’t want Shatner to visit the set? I doubt that. Maybe he’s not interested in visiting the set because he’s not in the film–a fact he is none to happy about and went WAY out of his way to let people know he’s not happy about it.
47: Oh YA! And they Accually show us what the USS Titan Looks like! Awesome!
Harrison Ford is a terrific actor, While I like him as Indy, I still say his best role of all time was Han Solo!
Ford’s cameos include Apocalypse Now and Jimmy Hollywood