For today’s tidbits, we have images from the Trek issue of Total Film with some Zachary Quinto quotes, plus fallout on that TNG rumor (with reactions from Brent Spiner and Wil Wheaton). We also have comments from Kirk’s mom (Jennifer Morrison) and the original Sulu (George Takei). Finally there is the McCoy entry of our ‘Trek as pop art’ collection.
Beam in and fire + Quinto on Spock
The April issue of Total Film Magazine went on sale today and TrekMovie reader Neil sent in a couple of new images that appear in the issue. There is a a wide angle look at the drilling platform and the first look at the transporter room. We have lower res versions of those here, pick up the magazine to see them even better.
TotalFilm also has some quotes from the actors, including Zachary Quinto who says of the role of Spock:
I was always compelled by this character, I understand his duality.
Quinto also notes that Nimoy helped him with the role, but he made it his own:
Leonard was very available to me. There were many conversations between us that were helpful to my understanding of the character…The character wouldn’t exist without Leonard, but I inhabited him in a different way – a way that is uniquely mine.
More images and interviews are in the April Star Trek issue of Total Film, which has four collectible covers. More info at TotalFilm.com.
The TNG rumor that wouldn’t die – Spiner and Wheaton weigh in
On Sunday TrekMovie squashed a rumor being floated about TNG actors possibly being in the new Star Trek movie, although Data, Picard (and possibly others) do show up in the Countdown Comics, alas they aren’t in the movie itself. Latino Review replied to me on Twitter saying that they never said there were TNG actors in the movie, only reported what was said at the panel, but the ‘Breaking News: Is The Next Generation In The New Star Trek Movie?’ headline did get them a lot of coverage on other sites, most of which (like TV Squad, Cinemablend and SciFi Wire added our update). However the big daddy of all geek sites AintItCool News picked up the story with no mention of our update, which set off a new wave across the web. So just in case anyone is wondering, there still aren’t any main cast TNG stars in the movie.
The rumor got to such a critical mass that Brent Spiner even sent out a tweet about it to his Twitter followers:
Just to set the record straight, I’m not in the next ST movie in any way. At least, I don’t think I am.
That resulted in Wil Wheaton sending out a number of ‘spoiler’ tweets:
Just to set the record straight: I play Data in JJ’s new Star Trek movie. Apparently, @BrentSpiner was not available, or something.
SPOILER ALERT: A huge part of the reboot is that Data now has a beard. He also wears totally awesome boots that have little ducks on them.
I also insisted that Data carry a Tricorder that said BAD MOTHERF—ER on it. There was some resistance, but it was futile, of course.
To which Brent replied:
I am happy, that my good friend, Wil, wil be Data. If there’s another movie, it wil be 100 yrs in the future and I will play old Wesley.
All this TNG in the movie rumoring also prompted some unnamed fan to produce a new ‘secret poster’
Kirk’s mom talks
In a new interview with Blogcritics, mostly focusing on her role on the FOX medical drama House, Jennifer Morrison also talks a bit about her time on Star Trek, playing Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk:
The whole experience was phenomenal. JJ Abrams is just incredible to work with. I can’t even put it into words. I came out of that a better actor from working with him. It was, by far one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in the industry so far. I feel so lucky to be a part of it
Morrison’s ‘incredible experience’ on Star Trek looks painful
Sulu Classic gives thumbs up to Sulu 2.0
In a brief red carpet interview, George Takei says that John Cho has the ‘swashbuckling panache’ to take over the role of Sulu
Thorsten’s Art Gallery – Dr. McCoy has a warning for you
Today we continue Thorsten Wulff’s series on ‘Star Trek cast as pop art’, this time looking at Dr. McCoy envisioned as a C. Everett Koop medical warning poster or ad. Do you have the facts about space travel?