Paramount has announced plans to move forward on a fourth Star Trek film set in the Kelvin Universe with producer J.J. Abrams. Now another member of the cast is weighing in with a potential wrinkle. Karl Urban’s performance as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the three Kelvin Universe Star Trek movies has been lauded by fans, and he is up for doing more, but he may have an issue with his schedule.
Karl ready for more Trek, if it can work with his schedule
Over the weekend, Karl Urban was at SXSW promoting the upcoming season of his Amazon Prime Video superhero series The Boys. During a cast chat with Variety, they talked to the actor about the upcoming Star Trek project and like Chris Pine, Urban said he had yet to see a script for the film. The latest reports on the film is that it’s to be directed by WandaVision‘s Matt Shakman, with the latest draft of the script being written by Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) and Cameron Squires (WandaVision), based on an earlier draft by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel).
Urban, who is a big Trek fan himself, echoed the recent sentiments expressed by co-stars Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana about looking forward to reuniting with the Trek cast, but when asked about his schedule, he told Variety he may be busy:
I’m shooting The Boys through the end of the year. So, I literally don’t know. I would love to work with those guys again. They are so much fun. The best hang. We’ll see.
Paramount has already set a release date of December 22, 2023, for the next Star Trek movie, with Abrams planning to start shooting this fall. Even if Urban is working on The Boys, it’s still possible for a Star Trek film to be produced simultaneously, accommodations for actors working on two projects are not uncommon—for example during the production of 2009’s Star Trek, Zoe Saladana was also working on Avatar. However, The Boys is filmed in Toronto, Canada, so if Chris Pine gets his wish and the next Star Trek is shot in Los Angeles, that would make it more difficult for Urban to do both. But Star Trek Beyond was shot in Canada, and Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds are also shot in Toronto.
There is also the practical matter that Urban’s The Boys character Billy Butcher has a beard, and trying to remove that digitally for Dr. McCoy in Star Trek wouldn’t be practical, and possibly creepy. However, there is precedent for McCoy to have a beard in a movie, as he was seen when he was “drafted” in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Giving Urban’s Bones a groovy medallion would also be a nice touch.
You can watch the Variety discussion with Urban below.
Urban in The Boys
Here is the new trailer released along with The Boys panel at SXSW featuring Karl Urban and Jack Quaid (Boimler on Star Trek: Lower Decks). Warning: for mature viewers.
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