Friday, October 12, 2007

Casting break-down for Star Trek reboot.

The internets have been bursting with casting info from JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot all week. Guess that makes sense - if they're seriously planning on filming next month, that is.

First, let's recap the casting choices that were made prior to this week:



Zoe Saldana (Drumline, The Terminal) as Nyota Uhura
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-Is it me, or was Nichelle Nichols way more attractive?

Zachary Quinto (Heroes) as Spock
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-Good enough, though part of me wishes they had cast Billy Zane. Could Zane have priced himself out?

Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek as Spock (?)
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-Not too sure how this is going to work out, considering the decision made above, but okay....

And now for the casting announcements made this week:

Chris Pine (Smokin' Aces) as James Kirk
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-The psychobilly assassin he played in Smokin' Aces migh have been little more that a character sketch, but Pine imbued the thankless role with a lot of charisma and likability. I can't wait to see what he'll do as the beloved Captain. He even looks like a rugged version of the young Bill Shatner, too.

John Cho (Harold and Kumar, Better Luck Tomorrow) as Lt. Hikaru Sulu

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-This one felt a little iffy, until I remembered how great Cho was in Better Luck Tomorrow.

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) as Capt. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott
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-Of all the casting decisions announced, this one was the one that made me smile the most. It almost seems too obvious, since Pegg and Abrams worked together on M:I3. Don't know why I didn't consider it a possibility sooner....

BTW, due to work obligations, the podcast will be out tomorrow.

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