Wednesday, October 17, 2007

As the cast of J.J Abrams' 2008 Star Trek Relaunch comes together I thought I list the newcomers and their original counterparts to see how they compare to each other.

Spock: The first parts cast, yes I said parts: plural, as both Zachary Quinto the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy will be playing the pointy-eared one.

Uhura: Center Stage's Zoe Saldana takes over the role originated by Nichelle Nichols, who can currently be seen on Heroes.

Chekov: The hugely talented, yet relatively unknown, Anton Yelchin will be channeling Walter Koenig.

Scotty: One of my favorite British Actors, Simon Pegg, (star of the hilarious films Hot Fuzz & Shaun of the Dead) is taking over the beloved part of Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, originally played by the late James Doohan, who was actually Canadian!

Sulu: The Korean born John Cho will be taking over the role from California Native (Who knew?) George Takei, who can also currently be seen on Heroes, although from this point it will have to be in flashbacks.

McCoy: It's just been announced that Karl Urban of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Bourne Supremacy has been cast in the late DeForest Kelley's old role. It's kind of a strange way to go as so far he's been in mostly action movies, so we'll see how he does playing the laid back doctor. (I'll add a picture of Urban in a bit since blogger is currently not letting me.)

UPDATED: Captain James T. Kirk: Chris Pine signed on for the coveted role that William Shatner brought to life. Also of note, apparently the Kirk role is a small one, and Pine dropped out of a major role in another movie, probably for the hopes that a small role in this movie will turn into a big role down the line.

What do you think about their casting choices? Are you excited for the movie or do you wish Trek would just all go away?


jana said...

I think Star Trek and all of its franchises are the best things on TV and the movies. There are no better commentary on the human condition.

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