Watch: Simon Pegg & Tom Hanks Do Star Trek Trivia + Hanks Wants Star Trek Sequel Role

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks joined Star Trek’s Simon Pegg on The Graham Norton Show last night where the pair nerded out on their shared love for Trek. Pegg ‘beamed’ Hanks up, Hanks expressed interest in appearing in the next Star Trek movie and he and Pegg even held a mini Star Trek trivia contest. Watch how it all worked out below.


Tom Hanks wants to be Romulan + Trek Trivia Contest With Simon Pegg

Tom Hanks says he wants to be a "peaceful Romulan" in the next Star Trek movie, and talks Star Trek trivia with Simon Pegg on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show.

POLL: Which Celeb Should Get Their Star Trek Sequel Role?

A number of celebrities have expressed interest in appearing in the next Star Trek movie. Which one would you most like to see? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments below.



Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Let hanks have a camo as an Allen!

That’s awesome! Tom would be great in Trek!

Tom Hanks as Commodore Matt Decker – that is all.

What a predicament. Would JJ overrule Bob and hire Hanks?

Could Bob patch up his differences with Tom over the Kennedy assassination? *goes to get popcorn and watch it play out*

4 why would JJ have to overrule boborci?

3 – Hanks as Decker = YES!

H Ford as Head of Starfleet too

the sequel could use some names to help sell it overseas so why not

OMG… it’s always awkward… for me at least… when it appears a hot girl and mentions the ears… of Spock, of course… always a joke, right? LOL

Tom Hanks was great!

:-) :-)

nice to see they went with the movie era (II-VI) transporter FX instead of TOS

The one good thing about having hanks would be that we coud debate the jfk assassination, and maybe i could talk some sense into him.


Mr. Bob Orci,please, Hanks in Star Trek sequel

Commodore Matt Decker in the sequel: Hell yes!
But played by Tom Hanks: No

You know, Bob…the Enterprise could go back in time to see what really happened with the JFK assassination in the alternate universe.

Wouldn’t that be an interesting premise for a movie — a politics/sci-fi/American history story with the Enterprise and her crew at its nexus.

And then you could talk some sense into everyone who sees your movie….

Rosario Dawson as a hot Vulcan vying for Spock’s…err…”input” to help repopulate the decimated Vulcan race. Hilarity ensues when Uhura finds out Spock did the “logical thing” by going all Pon Farr on Rosario’s character.

Or maybe Hanks could talk some sense into Orci…
Hey, every wall has to crumble eventually, no matter how thick.

I’d love to see Tom Hanks make a cameo on Star Trek (show or movie). Problem is, i’m not sure if it would be beneficial or not to the rest of the cast, seeing as he would likely “steal the show” by being a part of it.

An alternate-universe version of Commodore Decker would be fun to see in the sequel. Question is, would he outrank Admiral Pike? Don’t know if they specified his “Admiral” rank, if it was Rear Admiral / Vice Admiral or full Admiral.

I am in favor of a Hanks role, but I think he needs to break out of his apparently self-imposed box of playing nice guys. I think he would make an interesting villain playing against type, kind of like Tom Cruise in the 2004 Michael Mann movie “Collateral” Maybe not the main villain, but part of the bad guy side. A role like the Klingon judge in Star Trek VI.

Plus having Hanks in the film can only help in terms of foreign box office, which has always been a Star Trek weak point

Remember Pike saying to Kirk that The Starfleet needed more people like him – Decker could be the example of that, someone who is looked upon with awe by those new to the service (interesting side story could be he doesnt really get on with Pike and they are both trying to impress their views of what a command officer should be upon Kirk) , It’s not until the Doomsday Machine that he goes off the rails!!


What is your beef wi Hanks on the assassination?

My cousin Jimmy Di Eugenio wrote Destiny Betrayed. Amazing read. Personally I think he and Ollie Stone miss out a bit discounting Trafacante, Marcello and Momo who all had very good reasons and the power to assemble a crew of mechanics for the job.

The “ear guy”?

I think that Hanks would be a great addition to the cast- whether as a villain or some other character. I’d love to see him as one of Spock’s uncles on his mom’s side or something.

“But you have to try/do this! We’re related!”

Cameo my ass!! He needs a part that will help the foreign box office. So, no alien makup….maybe a bit ambigious if he’s a good guy or not.

Oh, he directs, too. Solves another problem for JJ….

#17 – Anthony Pascale …

YES!!!! …

:-) :-)

Harrison Ford as Admiral Robert April.


Tom Hanks as Spock’s distant uncle…

Paul Giammatti as evil Klingon.

And I would warn Mr. Hanks about the dangers of being a Romulan–Uhura/Zoe Saldana might come and kick his ass if he’s not careful. (she said so herself.)

And just to show the nerd I truly am: Kirk called Spock “an overgrown jackrabbit” and “an elf with a hyperactive thyroid”. THEN he tried to beat his captain to a pulp.

I actually told Mr. Frakes that Tom Hanks wanted a role in Trek, and they almost got him for Cochrane.

#9- boborci…

Mr. Bob Orci… is this the moment that can I beg for definitive news about the sequel? … PLEASE! … SOONER! ….LOL

Be nice to us, boborci … we need it!


Decker was about ten to fifteen years older than Kirk, so I’m thinking Brad Pitt maybe?

3. James! That’s BRILLIANT!

22. Okay, lose but no cigar. The script says the following:

KIRK: All right, you mutinous, disloyal, computerised, half-breed, we’ll see about you deserting my ship.
SPOCK: The term half-breed is somewhat applicable, but computerised is inaccurate. A machine can be computerized, not a man.
KIRK: What makes you think you’re a man? You’re an overgrown jackrabbit, an elf with a hyperactive thyroid.
SPOCK: Jim, I don’t understand.
KIRK: Of course you don’t understand. You don’t have the brains to understand. All you have is printed circuits.
SPOCK: Captain, if you’ll excuse me.
KIRK: What can you expect from a simpering, devil-eared freak whose father was a computer and his mother an encyclopedia?
SPOCK: My mother was a teacher. My father an ambassador.
KIRK: Your father was a computer, like his son. An ambassador from a planet of traitors. A Vulcan never lived who had an ounce of integrity.
SPOCK: Captain, please don’t
KIRK: You’re a traitor from a race of traitors. Disloyal to the core, rotten like the rest of your subhuman race, and you’ve got the gall to make love to that girl.
SPOCK: That’s enough.
KIRK: Does she know what she’s getting, Spock? A carcass full of memory banks who should be squatting in a mushroom, instead of passing himself off as a man? You belong in a circus, Spock, not a starship. Right next to the dog-faced boy.

(Thanks to )

I think Hanks should have a “not what he seems” role. A role that plays up his well known good guy persona, and then at the end he turns out to be a Klingon spy or something.

Paul Giamatti. Skull and Bones, true or false?

I still wish the scheuling would have worked out for him to play cochran on FC, even though Jamie Cromwell was great. It would have been awesome to have seen Tom Hanks in that part.

#9 Bob – can you enlighten The Great Unwashed (read: ME) on this Hanks/Orci/JFK tiff in 25 words or less? Danke schön.

“A number of celebrities have expressed interest….”

How about – give us back McCoy who actually matters, fix the issues with the last movie,
and only then worry about who else to throw in just because?

very nice. Now only if we can get Boborci to get a cameo in the film !

Bill Pullman!

@ #3 james: Brilliant! He must be in the movie now! I was thinking Hanks would make a funny Ferengi, but it doesn’t fit in the JJ TOS universe.

Tom Hanks rocks! Plus he wouldn’t overshadow the cast but still would help with the overseas marketing. Such a good actor. Probably a lot of fun to be with on set.

@17. Anthony Pascale – June 11, 2011

Absolutely NOT! I would make him Admiral of the Fleet. Nothing but the best for a true trek fan!

Hanks as Decker is brilliant!

Ive known Tom Hanks has been a Star Trek fan for ages, to see someone ‘like him’ in a Star Trek movie, would be a pleasant surprise!

Whoopi Goldberg did like fourty episodes of TNG, why can’t Tom Hanks be in the next movie?

Hell yeah, I’d love to see Hanks in the next Trek!!

Ok ok Bob, if not for the second then for the third film get some big name Star Trek fan in the movie. There is a vast list of famous stars who are Star Trek fans. Nimoy aside, Greenwood was the biggest name in the film and as much as I love him is still kinda B actor, not really on the A list like Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Daniel Craig, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams to name a few. The last big name in Star Trek was…James Cromwell, Christopher Plummer before that Ricardo Montalban, and as much as they have done they are still B list actors in the world of motion pictures.

Tom Hanks in the next movie would be great. I still want to see Bill Murray in the next movie. I’ve been posting that periodically throughout the past year, and I mean every word of it. Those who have seen all of his work know he is a wonderful actor and besides, he’ really clean up well in a Captian’s uniform ;o)

I could have played trivia with them and held my own.

32. Hanks, i have read, is producing Vincent Buglios’s horrible recent book as an HBO mini-series, which attempts to make the case that Oswald acted alone.

43: What about Malcolm McDowell? He was a big name by that time. I mean, come on! A Clockwork Orange?!

I vote that Tom Hanks plays Robert April.

Someone should pull a “Clockwork Orange” on Tom Hanks, tie him to a chair, pry his eyelids open and force him to read the book, JFK And the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass. This one book is staggering for it’s detailed research and evidence in proving a conspiracy in the JFK assassination.

Bob. I do agree with you on that. Not just trying to kiss up either. For what happned that day I just do not see one man pulling this off alone. But. IDIC. Get Hanks to play Commodore Decker.