We are now officially in the final three months, awaiting the release of the new Star Trek movie. Today TrekMovie catches up on a few new tidbits coming from the Internets on Trek’s next feature, including Greg Grunberg talking about if he is in or out, Clifton Collins dialing back spoilers, Joshua Jackson revealing what role he didn’t get, and yet even more online polls.
Grunberg IS in
Like some kind of lucky charm, Greg Grunberg (aka Matt Parkman on Heroes) has worked his way into almost every one of his best friend JJ Abrams productions. However, due to scheduling conflicts he was not able to work on Star Trek, or at least not while principal photography was being completed in late 2007 and early 2008. But today while Abrams and Grungerg were shooting a PSA for the epilepsy foundation, TalkAboutIt.org, Greg tells E! that he has "something" in the new Star Trek movie, but that it is something "you’re going to have to find." Since this is something that appears to have been put in during post-production, we are going to bet it some kind of voice work for Greg…glad he worked his way in.
Listen closely for Greg
Remember those Paramount guys that Simon Pegg joked followed him around to make sure he didn’t blab, well apparently the got to Clifton Collins. Back in the Summer of 2008, and before Paramount was opening the books in the new Star Trek movie, Clifton Collins (General Ayel, henchman to Eric Bana’s Nero), inadvertently became the first person officially associated with the film to confirm that Romulans were the bad guys in Star Trek…oops. Collins tells StarPulse that he got into some hot water, saying "I got into a lot of trouble last time talking." Even though the whole Romulan cat is out of the bag, Collins is now gun shy, only admitting he plays "somebody in outer space."
Collins seen exiting Paramount prison
Joshua Jackson: Loses Kirk – GF not happy
Before he was cast as the lead in JJ Abrams new TV show Fringe, Joshua Jackson had his eye on another Abrams role, Captain James T. Kirk. In a new interview with MTV the actor reveals he unsuccessfully auditioned for two Trek roles, including Kirk. Jackson doesn’t think he was that close to landing the big chair, but apparently the the loss caused some issues on the home front, admitting "the only audition my darling girlfriend has ever been upset with me for not getting the role is Captain Kirk.”
Jackson eying the Captain’s chair longingly
More Trek at the polls: #1 in USA, #4 in UK + ST09 Stock rallies
Reporting on Star Trek these days is starting to feel like election season. Last week we reported that the new commercial came in 2nd in three post-Super Bowl polls. This week the film is coming out on top in a ‘most anticipated movie poll’ at MSNBC, with a whopping 29%. The accompanying article on 2009 had an interesting synopsis of Trek which gives an insight in to how this film is being viewed in the mainstream (and how Trek fan opinion factors in):
…J.J. Abrams version of “Star Trek,” which promises to boldly go where several installments of the franchise have gone before. OK, this take on “Trek” does veer away from the others in that it shows Trekkies (or Trekkers, let’s not quibble) a glimpse of the younger, hotter days of the original cast of characters. But there’s bound to be a been-there-done-that feel, albeit minus the veteran stars everyone already knows and loves. Whether it succeeds comes down to the new actors ability to make the old characters their own, as well the filmmakers ability to stay true to a story some consider sacred. There’s already debate on the latter point, as would-be watchers busy themselves dissecting the trailer (“Did that kid just say his name is ‘James Siberius Kirk!? It’s Tiberius!”).
And there is yet another poll of 2009 movies at the UK & Ireland Yahoo Movies page, where Star Trek is coming in fourth behind Harry Potter, Wolverine, and Terminator. Although a good showing, there may be some selling to do across the pond.
Lastly, the Wall Street Journal has a report on a whole different kind of poll, how the various movie ‘stocks’ are doing at the Hollywood Stock Exchange. The HSX is an online game where shares of movies are traded with virtual currency and apparently Star Trek is the big winner after the Super Bowl…from the WSJ report:
‘Star Trek’ | Symbol: (TRK11) | Share price: H$162.51 | Gain: Up H$7
Anticipation for the coming reboot of the sci-fi franchise was already running high before new glimpses were revealed last Sunday. Traders liked what they saw, including a young Captain Kirk in a bar brawl, and gave "Star Trek" the biggest rally in share price of any Bowl-advertised film.
ST09 gets the SB bump