We have another update and some rumors to deal with for Free Enterprise 2, the sequel to the 1998 Star Trek-themed cult-comedy starring William Shatner. All indications are that this film is happening and now actress Alicia Witt has let it slip that she is in the film as well. There is also a rumor that the film will include cameos from Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and JJ Abrams. Robert Meyer Burnett responds to TrekMovie about that below.
Alicia Witt confirms Free Enterprise 2 role
In our last Free Enterprise 2 update, we reported that Old Spice commercial actor Isaiah Mustafa revealed he would start working on Free Enterprise 2 this week (making him the second actor to confirm a role following William Shatner who recently said he will be shooting for Free Enterprise 2 in July). Our last article also noted that Dollhouse actress Eliza Dushku "randomly" sent out a tweet about Free Enterprise last week. Shortly after that article went live, actress Alicia Witt, sent out a tweet stating "So has anyone seen the movie Free Enterprise? Just, y’know, totally random question." (which, tellingly , was soon re-tweeted by Dushku). Witt, who had her acting debut in 1984 at nine years old playing little Alia in David Lynch’s Dune , has most recently been seen in recurring roles for Friday Night Lights and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. And when you go to Alicia’s official site and check her acting resume it lists "Free Enterprise 2 – Dir. Robert Meyer Burnett" as her next project. So Witt joins Shatner and Mustafa as the third actor to confirm a role in the film, with Dushku a possible fourth.
Witt – latest to reveal part in "Free Enterprise 2"
Abrams, Nimoy and Stewart too? – Unlikely
After TrekMovie ran our last article, Slashfilm reported the same news about Shatner and Mustafa, but they also added this bit at the end.
I’ve also been told by an anonymous tipper that Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, and JJ Abrams have been written into the script. No word on if any of these actors/directors will be in the actual movie playing themselves.
The addition of such Star Trek heavyweights into the film would be huge news of course. Back in 2005, Free Enterprise director/co-writer Robert Meyer Burnett did say that that the original draft of the sequel had Nimoy in it, however Nimoy has since retired from acting. TrekMovie asked Free Enterprise director Robert Meyer Burnett for a reaction to the Slashfilm rumor and his reply via text was:
Slashfilm? I call them SlashFICTION from now on
Burnett will still not confirm or deny any of the other reports related to Free Enterprise 2, but TrekMovie will continue to keep an eye on the situation.
POLL: Did you like Free Enterprise?
As noted, the original 1998 film Free Enterprise was a ‘cult classic’ so did you ever get a chance to see it, and did you like it?
She’ll be a “hot, spice-eyed, Bene Gesserit number….”
I’m looking more forward to FE2 than most of the big-budget, by-the-numbers Hollywood schlockbusters that invade the multiplexes every summer (most of which, frankly, bore the crap out of me these days).
Cannot wait to see what Robert and Mark have cooked up this time. With a pan… and fire! ; )
Been waiting 12 years for this. Can hardly wait!!
Love both Alicia Witt & Eliza Dushku. Great actors, great looking & both deserving of a mainstream breakthrough role.
I wonder if this will get a theatrical release?
She has an EP out on iTunes. The video is better without sound. Oh I hate saying that because she might be reading this, but, I’m just not into the “angsty, irritated girlfriend” song meme. Maybe the rest of the EP is different. Loved her in Vanilla Sky.
I would really love to see Nimoy in the next movie. In addition by repeating an occasional request in hopes the “Supreme Court” reads this page, I would still really love to see Bill Murray in it, as well.
Don’t know who she is, but I like that she’s revealed a role in the next movie. And I like that revealing shot.
Whoever she is….since they’re redoing Spider-Man there’s your next Mary Jane.
Uhhhhhhh… normally I really really likes redheads… but not hers!… and I canna’ get excited aboot’ another Free Enterprize film… sorry… I be an olde’ barnacle…
Asides, didda’ this lass screw o’er Christopher Moltisanti in tha’ Sopranos? Her and Irony Man director? She just looks like some lass that’ll menacingly entice me wit’ porcelain thighs and pink bud-rises and then takes me wallet and me prized cucumber collection all tha’ whiles laughingly drivin’ oof’ in me Buick whilst textin’ her lassfriends that I gots me a milimeter peter… which I be workin’ on (that’s why I needed them cucumbers)…
Shatner’s “Julius Ceasar” wuz’ a good deal o’ fun in tha’ first film… And it wuz’ a bonny hoot ta’ see ONLY Shatner’s scenes… But dunna’ trust this lass! Oh, wait… Will from “Will & Grace” wuz’ in tha’ first film… maybe this moundsless lass will add some grace ta’ it…
Hey! She be diggin’ up me frontyard shrubbery! Stop! Oh! She hit me wit’ me own blowgun… call 991… 199… some numbers likes that… thar’ be a rusted-haired harpie luggin’ away me Ford Philco… happens all tha’ times…
Uhhhhhhh… I’m so sorry… I be sure she is a nice, sweet girl and I have nuthin’ ta’ fear but redheads themselves…
Oh, I kidz! Cuz’ I gots robbed by her…
Wasn’t Alicia Witt the creepy little girl in the original Dune movie? And then she was later on Twin Peaks with her Dune co-star Kyle MacLachlan.
And she still be creepy.
Some lasses just shiver me timbers. And other lasses timber me shivers.
Sorry. I’ll be goods now. Maybe if I asks her nicely, I cans get me pants back…
@ #6: She auditioned as MJ for Sam Raimi back in 2000-2001 for the first Spider-Man movie, actually. I think she was one of the finalists for the role.
With her mini-nun outfit in Dune you only catch a glimpse of red hair when the wind machine gets going. Wonder how many takes for a ten-year-old to say, “For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!”
What happened to that guy who said this movie was never going to happen?? Where IS that guy??
Baby, Zip it up!
Theres not much there
@13 There’s enough! Sweet!
I’d love to be able to find the original…
I realize Mr. Nimoy has retired from acting, but is it technically acting if he’s playing himself? As his alter ego says, “there are always possibilities”..Don’t jump my butt, I’m only being hopeful..lol
33% here haven’t even SEEN Free Enterprise??
Get thee to a Blockbuster!
“Get thee to a Blockbuster!” Better…. hurry. Too late Blockbuster’s dead Jim.
Well, whatever, watch the friggin’ movie! It’s good!
Must be cold in there, she looks a bit nippy :p
Witt – latest to reveal part in “Free Enterprise 2”
From that picture…I have to wonder WHICH part. If she leans any farther forward, the answer will be clear.
(Not that I’m complaining. Yowsa!)
She’s cute –I don’t know why they didn’t keep her on “Law and Oder: Criminal Intent”.
11 – I got the distinct impression that all of her lines were re-recorded in post (by her, I’m sure). They sounded too odd to have been the on-set delivery.
21 – I said much the same when she was on L&O:CI. She can definitely fill out a sweater. (*swoon*)
22 – I would’ve preferred her to having Julianne Nicholson come back. Her character just didn’t have as much personality as Witt’s Detective Falacci.
Blockbuster doesn’t carry Free Enterprise in store, sadly enough. However BB has it on there website so you should be able to get it through their direct access program if you aren’t an online member. Netflix has it as a DVD by mail only option right now. Amazon is currently listing it for sale at sub $10 new right now.
@21 an 23. . . You know those aren’t real, right?
Alicia Witt is a great addition–i remember reading bout her when dune came out-she was quite the prodigy child reading and musically talented at the age of 3 in fact her life almost sounded like the role she was playing in dune–and yes any trek scifi media fans who havent seen free enterprise–highly recommended–they got a lotta mail saying that their lives were just like the main characters—u need to know alot bout fantasy,scifi,trek,comics to get a lot of the references–make sure ya know yer logans run too haha–shat is great in it spoofing himself–this is a very original movie–its great a sequel is being made–
25: But are they canon?
As long as she gets her gear off, who cares
So….We got all these celebrities “confirmed” (sorta) for the sequel…but what about Eric McCormack and Rafer Weigel as Mark and Robert? Or Phil LaMarr? I can see the appeal of celebs to push a film into the limelight, but the original actors were the soul of the original. I sure hope their back.
I don’t know who she is, but…hominahominahomina
Free Enterprise is one of my favorite movies of all time.
FE….best fan film ever!
@31. What he said … :-)
Holy cow, folks! I can’t believe the ‘never saw it’ #s on that poll.
If you haven’t seen this movie, get out there and watch it! It’s as classic as classic Trek!
And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!
Yaaaayyy, brother! ; )
25 – Who cares? Hot is hot.
Lemme know if Alicia needs Audie’s green nightie back
That’s the little girl from Dune? That was 25 years ago. There must be a more recent version. Maybe it is her. Wow.
And yes….yay verily….everyone go see this who hasn’t. A classic. I reach it, I really do.
I could see Eric McCormack reprising his role, since he was willing to do the commentary on the DVD re-release of of the movie ( but remember, for him “…a little Shatner goes a long way…” ). Weigel, I’m not so sure about. Was surprised to hear his name and see him doing some sort of sports anchor gig on CNN a couple of Saturdays ago. don’t know if it’s a regular gig for him, as I don’t watch sports or sports news …
( Yes I know, I’m feeding into supposed stereotypical trekkie traits . On the list just under ‘lives in parent’s basement’ – which I do not, and ‘has never gotten laid ‘, which I have, )
She is a hottie – that much is certain.
Free Enterprise was a charming if somewhat awkward movie. I watched it again recently and was surprised how well it’s held up. But a sequel 11 years later? It seems pretty clear that the success of JJ’s Star Trek opened the door for this. Not sure it’s necessary, and if they don’t get Rafer and Eric back…yeesh.
41 “”has never gotten laid”, which I have”
Well, I feel reassured.
Yeah, I hope the original cast is back.