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.