On Friday Deadline reported a new Star Trek 3 casting announcement: the addition of actress Sofia Boutella, fresh off a performance in the surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service.
(A Memory Alpha article on Boutella went up almost immediately if anyone would like to flesh it out!)
Ever since the news broke that Simon Pegg would be assuming creative direction of the film to make it “more like Guardians of the Galaxy” (whatever that means), details have been finally trickling out, including that it may also co-star Idris Elba.
While Boutella could be playing an entirely new character, now is the time for wild speculation:
- Yeoman Rand
- The witch from Catspaw
- Spock’s ex-girlfriend from “This Side of Paradise”
- Spock’s ex-fiancee from “Amok Time”
- That woman who steals “Spock’s Brain” (man, that guy could not catch a break)
- Emony Dax (who we know had an affair with Bones in the Prime Universe)
- Elaan of Troyius
- Blind TOS Doctor Pulaski
- Sexy TOS Doctor Pulaski
- That green-haired woman Kirk punches in “Gamesters of Triskelion”:
•That pregnant lady Bones slaps (who I think was also Catwoman):
- Another Orion female, like the one from Whom Gods Destroy, which would be great if they then made Elba Garth of Izar (which is who they should have made Benedict Cumberbatch)
- Rule 63 Trelane
- Rule 63 Kodos
- Rule 63 Abraham Lincoln
- A sexy motion capture Horta
She probably won’t be a Klingon, since Pegg says they won’t be in the movie. Oh wait – then the bad guys will probably be Romulans again. Maybe she’ll be the Romulan Commander from “The Enterprise Incident” (which is fine by me because it’s my favorite TOS episode). Hopefully someone will finally retcon her a name. That actually makes more sense than anything else I said before (except for sexy mo-cap Horta).
The projected release date for the film is July 8, 2016, just a few months before the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
In other vaguely Trek news
Also on Friday, Netflix dropped Daredevil, the first of its original series based on Marvel Comics properties. The series co-stars Bob Gunton, who Trek fans will recognize as Chief O’Brien’s former captain, Benjamin Maxwell. Given how prolific Marvel Studios is these days, we’ll probably eventually do a story about all the connections there, like we did for Seinfeld a few months back – so consider this your teaser!