Star Trek Readies to Leave Drydock
With its 41st anniversary just a week past, the saying “Star Trek Lives!” has never been more true. The franchise has spent the year retooling and gearing up for a major relaunch in late 2008.
The details, though, get murky as people mix rumor with fact. We here at ComicMix are happy to help divide wheat from chaff so we may all live long and prosper.
The eleventh feature film is entitled simply Star Trek and will be released on December 25, 2008. The story, early drafts of which have already leaked out, was written by the new hit team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Producing will be the Lost duo J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof with Abrams directing. Abrams’ frequent collaborator, Michael Giacchino, has already signed to write the score.
Now comes the tricky part – the casting.
As of today, only three parts are official: Spock to be played by the inimitable Leonard Nimoy and Heroes antagonist Zachary Quinto and Chekov, to be played by newcomer Anton Yelchin (pictured above).
Many actors have expressed an interest in a variety of roles. Such is Abrams’ relationship with his cast that many veterans have said they’d happily board the newly designed U.S.S. Enterprise if Abrams but asked. As a result, gossip mongers have already cast Tom Cruise as Captain Christopher Pike (James T. Kirk’s predecessor). Greg Grunberg, who has been in every Abrams production is expected to have a role, be it large or small, human or alien. Today’s media dump includes word that Jennifer Garner owes Abrams so much she would don Vulcan ears if he wanted.
Beyond that, for the last month, word has been circulating, reaching a deafening crescendo this week that Russell Crowe is Paramount Pictures’ choice for the bad guy (whoever or whatever that may be). Promoting 3:10 to
Beyond that, the roles of Kirk, Leonard McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu and Uhura remain uncast. Sure, William Shatner has been publicly campaigning to return from the dead but as of now, nothing formal has been announced.
Production begins in November and will include two weeks shooting in