JJ Abrams to Direct Star Trek: Excelsior Starring George Takei as Capt. Sulu + Cameron Mackintosh Announces Star Trek: The Musical [April Fools]]

It is a big news day today for Star Trek with two major production announcements. First, it was announced this morning that George Takei will star as Captain Sulu in the next Abrams-directed Star Trek film, Star Trek: Excelsior, with Roberto Orci penning the screenplay. Not too long after that news broke, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, noted theatre producer, announced that he would be adapting Trek for the stage in his production of Star Trek: The Musical.

April Fool’s!
Yep, it’s April 1st and that means that Trek-related pranks are bouncing around the internet. We’ll keep this post updated throughout the day, so email tips [at] trekmovie [dot] com if you see a prank that we haven’t listed!

Abrams’ Star Trek: Excelsior to Star George Takei, Gilbert Gottfried, and Lisa Lampanelli
George Takei “announced” today on his Facebook page that he was excited about the new project. Here’s Takei’s “press release” below:

Friends, I’m thrilled to share this news with you today. As announced at Emerald City Comicon, where I’m appearing this weekend, Paramount Pictures has green-lit a new Star Trek Movie entitled “Excelsior” in which I will play the captain. This announcement is part of Paramount Studio’s 100th-year anniversary campaign. The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in “The Undiscovered Country.” J.J. Abrams will direct, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.

My co-star in Allegiance, Paulo Montalban, has been cast opposite me to play the mercurial “Agha,” the grandson of Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban in the Second Star Trek Movie). Also featured are Gilbert Gottfried (playing a wily Ferengi First Officer) and Lisa Lampanelli (as a Bajoran security officer).

More to come on this breaking story soon. Thanks again for the years of support, and I’ll see you on the Bridge of “Excelsior.”

Simon Pegg Announces Star Trek: The Musical on Twitter
Simon Pegg played a very obvious April Fool’s joke on his Twitter feed today, when he said that Cameron Mackintosh had announced the production of Star Trek: The Musical.

Simon Pegg tweets about new Star Trek stage musical

Not a Joke: Think Geek Offers New Trek Toys, For Real!
ThinkGeek.com, a web store that carries a lot of Trek merchandise, is known for their April Fool’s pranks. Some of their more famous pranks in past years include Canned Unicorn Meat and the Pet Petter (a machine that pets your pets for you). This year was no exception, but the website also released two Star Trek items today that are 100% real: The Star Trek Inflatable Captain’s Chair for kids and a contest to win an authentic Tricorder and $1000 ThinkGeek shopping spree. Both of these items are very real, and their authenticity has been confirmed by reps over at ThinkGeek HQ:

Yep [the Star Trek items are] 100% legit. And, we’re not trying to hide it so feel free to make it clear that they’re for real. The rest, not so much

Don’t believe us? Go and add the Captain’s Chair to your shopping cart at ThinkGeek.com, and you’ll be greeted with a message that says “We’re not foolin. This one is real!”

REAL new Trek product at Think Geek (not a prank!)

Also, enter to win a Tricorder and $1000 shopping spree at ThinkGeek.com

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