The Star Trek movie is still in theaters, but it appears that the casting rumor mill for the sequel is just starting to gear up. The latest seems to be Jack Black as Harry Mudd with word that he was having meetings with the Abrams team. JJ Abrams addressed this rumor directly by telling AICN that he had indeed met with Black, but not for Mudd, details below.
JJ – no Mudd for Black
In an email to AICN’s Harry Knowles JJ said they were talking to Black about "doing something — but not Mudd." Knowles notes that it is very likely something not related to Trek, which would be backed up with JJ also noting that besides "blue sky" conversations he and the rest of the Supreme Court (Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman) "have not had MEETING ONE about a sequel". JJ did joke that the sequel should have "a sh–load more lens flares."
Regarding Mudd, there still is no word on if the lovable space pirate originally played by Roger C. Carmel would be in a sequel, but if he were to be, Black would be a good choice, but I kind of like the idea of JJ’s best bud Greg Grunberg in the role. In April Grunberg told me that he would "absolutely love" to play Mudd, and would even don the big mustache and earring.
Grunberg as Mudd, should Mudd even be in the movie?
To Mudd or not to Mudd?
So what do you think, should they bring back Harry Mudd? Or Cyrano Jones? Or any other more whimsical characters from The Original Series? If so, should they just be minor characters? Say what you think in our new poll and in the comments section below.
While you contemplate that, watch some clips from "I, Mudd"