Tyler Perry as a Starfleet Admiral was a surprise cameo in the 2009 Star Trek movie. It was his first time acting in a film he wasn’t directing. Now Perry seems appears to be expecting a phone call for JJ Abrams to return for the 2012 Star Trek sequel. Details below.
Perry waiting for JJ to call
Tyler Perry is out promoting his new film Madea’s Big Happy Family, his latest project as a writer, producer, director and star. JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie was Perry’s first time acting in someone else’s film. As a fan of his work, Abrams invited Perry to join Trek to play Admiral Richard Barnett. In a new interview Perry appears to expect a call for Abrams for the 2012 Star Trek sequel. Replying to a question on his return to Star Trek (from IAmRogue), Perry stated:
I don’t know. JJ Abrams has not called me yet. But I don’t think they have a script yet. They are probably trying to get it perfect before they call me.
Last we heard from Perry, he said he would return to Star Trek depending on the "the role is and what it means to the script."
Tyler Perry as Admiral Richard Barnett in "Star Trek"
Admiral Barnett vs Admiral Pike
It sounds like Perry expects to be asked to return to Star Trek, but also seems to have some demands of his his own. His role in Star Trek was as the head of Starfleet Academy, so it isn’t clear (now that the crew are all off on their mission) that there would be a reason to include Admiral Barnett in the film in a significant way. Many Star Trek films include roles for a Starfleet Admiral issuing orders and interacting with the crew, so he could be transitioned to handle that. However, Bruce Grenwood’s newly promoted Admiral Pike could also fulfill that role. So Perry may never get that phone JJ Abrams phone call.
Bruce Greenwood as Admiral Christopher Pike in "Star Trek"
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