The last few days have been a flurry activity for some of the Star Trek celebrities, starting off with Simon Pegg tapped to star in the next John Landis movie. We also check in on the latest projects and appearances for Leonard Nimoy, Levar Burton, and Anton Yelchin. So dive into the celeb pool.
Pegg is up for Murder
Horror site DreadCentral.com spoke to John Landis about his latest project, a film based on the 19th century Scottish ‘Burke and Hare murders‘, and the director revealed that Star Trek’s new Scotty, Simon Pegg is on board as star of the project. It isn’t known what role he will play, but we do know that he has some practice with the Scottish accents, but that wont help if he is playing one of the two murderers (Burke or Hare) who were Irish, but he can surely pull that off as well.
As for now, Pegg is still in production on his sci-fi comedy Paul, here is his latest What is Paul videoblog from last Thursday.
Burton (and Dorn) in new Superman/Batman DVD
Star Trek The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton will be appearing in the direct to DVD animated movie "Superman/Batman Public Enemies," doing the voice of Black Lightning. In addition TNG’s Michael Dorn will be voicing Black Manta.
Black Lighting in ‘Superman/Batman Public Enemies"
Buton talked to Newsarama about the role and about his feeling on comic books in general, when asked about what makes comic books great literature, Burton looked back to Trek:
I’m one of those people that believes that there was some kid back in the 1960s watching Star Trek, and he kept seeing Captain Kirk pull out this communicator and flip it open – and that kid grew up and became an engineer, a designer of products, and we now have a device that is more common than the toaster. How many flip phones do you see on a daily basis? That which we imagine is what we tend to manifest in third dimension – that’s what human beings do, we are manifesting machines. The metaphor of a man who has an external electronic device, something man-made that serves him and somehow serves humanity, and that he becomes so aligned with that device, with the power of that device, that at one point he can discard it – I think that’s a real metaphor for the human journey. One day we won’t need a transporter device to get from one place to another. And it begins with the wheel and then migrates through airplanes to some future technology that we can’t produce yet but we
can imagine. Imagination is really the key part of the human journey, it’s the key to the process of manifesting what our heart’s desire is.
When I was a kid, it was comic books that pointed me in that direction and from comic books I went to science fiction literature, which is still one of my most favorite genres of literature to read. Don’t underestimate the power of comics and what they represent for us and how they inform us on the journey of being human – because it’s powerful. It’s very powerful. They give us permission to contemplate what’s possible. And in this world, in this universe, there’s nothing that is not possible. If you can dream it, you can do it.
Here is a ‘First Look’ at the film, including some behind the scenes interviews. LeVar can be seen at the 6:00 mark.
"Superman/Batman Public Enemies" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 29th and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Burton also has a new interview at Moviehole, where he talks about Next Generation, the state of Sci-Fi today and more.
One final bit of Burton news, here is some video from the Downtown Film Festival where Burton showed off his film Reach for Me. The vid has Burton speaking about the film he directed, and you can also spot Marina Sirits and Michael Dorn who showed up for the event.
Yelchin’s third movie for 2009
20 year old Anton Yelchin is having a hell of a year, with two big movies under his belt so far, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. In a new interview with the UAE’s The National the actor talked about his year and playing in both tentpoles:
In the best sort of spectacle action movies, character comes first and that’s why you buy the action. I got lucky with these two because there was a lot of character work to be done. Terminator was challenging and interesting and definitely there was a lot of work to do, which is great because we don’t often expect to go into these movies and have challenging work to do. But I was lucky with Star Trek as well because it was the same thing. There was this whole other character to work with – different… totally different, different physicality, more joyous and light, but the same idea. They were both challenging.
Currently the actor is preparing to star in William H. Macy’s directorial debut Keep Coming Back, telling the national that he is looking forward to going "back to smaller films" Speaking of which, the new Chekov will next be seen in the anthology film, "New York, I Love You". He appears in the part directed by Brett Ratner and can be seen briefly a couple times in the trailer below.
Nimoy happy to see new fans
We have, this year, a big shift in the nature of the fans. Two things: larger numbers of people are attending (conventions), and second, there are a lot of people attending who have never been involved in Star Trek – new fans.
here are some quick links for more Star Trek celebrity news.
- Perennial Star Trek guest star Jeffrey Combs is appearing in "Nevermore", a one-man show about Edgar Allan Poe at the Los Angeles Steve Allen Theater until September 26th. He is getting rave reviews. The LA Times has more.
- William Shatner (or his lawyers) got punked when they sent a cease and desist letter to a game developer based on joke article about a mod that would Shatnerize the game "Shatter". More at GameSetWatch.
- Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Beltran will be appearing in the play Solitude at the Los Angeles Theater Center in September. More at Theatermania.
- Zoe Saldana appeared in San Juan, Puerto Rico for Avatar Day last Friday. You can watch video clips of her appearance on Pausley74’s YouTube channel, here is the first part below.