We are just 9 Fridays away from the premiere of the new Star Trek movie — which we count as 55 days (and change) to the midnight Thursday shows. Today’s tidbits has comments from the woman that brings Kirk into the universe, a new Trek mag cover, the new trailer in French, an upset San Franciscan, and much more. [UPDATE: Ron Moore ‘salutes’ new movie]
Kirk’s First Doctor Speaks
[minor spoilers] Back in 2007 TrekMovie first revealed that Fifth Element actress Sonita Henry had a small role in the new movie, we also had a brief interview with the actress. In our recent trailer analysis we revealed that she plays the doctor that brings baby James T. Kirk into the world. Now in a new extensive interview with Starpulse’s Mike Ryan, Henry talks about playing the unnamed (and alien?) Doctor, here are a couple of excerpts
Mike: Do you want to give her a name right now?
Sonita: What name would she be? I don’t even know what she looks like.
Mike: Really? Did they add effects later?
Sonita: Yes. There will be effects. I’m not sure where my character is from, they never told me that. I wont know what I look like until I actually watch the movie.
Mike: Some of your scenes are on the USS Kelvin?
Sonita: Yes, that’s the ship we are on. Kirk’s father is the captain of the Kelvin. In the shots from the trailer, The Kelvin is being destroyed. In that time everything is being blown up and Winona Kirk is trying to deliver [James Kirk].
The last time I was in Long Beach was to shoot the USS Kelvin shots for “Star Trek” (at the Long Beach power station) – all the shots where we’re running thru corridors with a very pregnant Winona Kirk who’s about to pop out James. T Kirk, future captain of the Enterprise and bedder of many women/aliens.
Baby James T. Kirk meets his first space babe
UPDATE: Ron Moore ‘salutes’ new movie
In a new interview in The Hollywood Reporter with BSG co-creator (and Trek vet) Ron Moore, the subject of the new movie came up, here is what he said:
THR: As a person who used to write for “Star Trek” shows, what do you think of the new movie, from what you’ve seen?
Moore: I’m very encouraged. I salute them for going back to the beginning and revitalizing it. I think that’s exactly what the franchise needed.
Kirk and Spock (in plastic) on cover of FoyFare
This week ToyFare Magazine Issue #141 went on sale, with two covers. One featuring toys from the upcoming Wolverine movie, and one for Star Trek. The feature on Trek covers the new Playmates toys, but there isn’t really anything new in it that hasn’t been covered (see our extensive feature on the Star Trek Playmates toys). However the cover featuring Kirk and Spock figures in a classic TOS publicity pose is pretty cool, check it out.
Star Trek on ToyFare
The French version of the Star Trek trailer is now available on YouTube (thanks to ‘LeSPOCK’). The new trailer is très impressionnant en français.
San Franciscan upset over Star Trek’s new SF skyline
San Francisco Bay area businessman and blogger Zennie Abraham has a bone to pick with JJ Abrams. He has a big nit to pick about something in the new Star Trek movie that he thinks is way too big, but strangely it has nothing to do with nacelles. Abraham is upset about the size of the buildings in the future San Francisco, and the SFist site is backing him up. Check it out.
Well Mr. Abraham, I lived in San Francisco for many years and I have no problem with the depiction in the trailer. This will be set in a future that has presumably figured out how to control Earthquakes (which limits building heights) and a post World War III world that may have different priorities. By the way Zennie, the bridge you pointed out as the Bay Bridge is actually the Golden Gate Bridge, looking towards the Presidio. Regardless, it is kind of refreshing to find a whole new area of nitpicky debate.
TrekMovie has learned that if you put a question mark after something, it is a great way to start a big traffic-generating internet rumor. So here goes
Is this a leaked image from that secret scene written for Shatner?
Could this be a first look at the Burger King Star Trek commercial?
Well actually the first image was found on Flickr (made by user ‘Fortyseven’) and the second one was posted here by TrekMovie community member Devon. But could they be real? While we are on the subject of stuff found on Flckr, here is an alternative Star Trek movie poster made by user ‘m0r1arty’, ala Dark Knight.
YouTuber Section 33 has taken both theatrical trailers and made an interesting remix ‘Trailer 4’ with some additional sound effects and music and a very nice little Easter Egg. Check it out.
Thorsten’s Art Gallery – Kirk
Thorsten Wulff has shown us almost the entire series of his ‘Trek Cast As Art’, but today we finally get to Kirk. This time Thorsten looked to currency for inspiration on how to cast the great one.
If that isn’t enough for you, there is even more
- Audio version of Alan Dean Foster’s Star Trek adaptation is now available for pre-order at Amazon (on CD – Abridged)
- LA Times Geoff Boucher predicts Star Trek will be fourth highest grossing film of 2009.
Thanks to John, Rob, and Bo (and anyone else I forgot) for sending in tips and links