New Star Trek Film In Development Names Kirk Actor

chris pine

Little-known actor Chris Pine has been chosen to play the young Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movie. Pine’s most familiar role opposite Lindsay Lohan (NSFW pic) in “Just My Luck” in 2006. The balance of the announced cast is looking pretty strong.

Here is what the teaser movie poster looks like:

star trek 11 poster

The film, which chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew, will be released in the US on 25 December 2008. I can’t think of too many better Christmas gifts…well, I can but with JJ Abrams at the helm of Star Trek XI, the odds are quite good that the film will be boffo. There is that nagging Star Trek Movie Curse to avoid however so here’s hoping they dodge that sword of damacles. Now if we can just get Abrams to get Lost episodes out more quickly!

The movie will show the crew meeting at the Starfleet Academy and embarking on their first mission. It is rather hard to think that every buddy you would make at the academy would all show up for one of the most coveted jobs in the Starfleet (aka on the [Enterprise) is a bit of a stretch, but suspension of disbelief is my movie mantra. Besides, reworking the legacy of well know film properties has worked for James Bond and for Batman so this strategy should prove to work well for Star Trek.

Paramount Pictures is behind the film so you can expect the proper investments will be made. Shooting is expected to begin in November 2007.

The most recent Trek film, Star Trek: Nemesis, was released in 2003 so there has been plenty of time for that film to have faded from the old memory banks and allow a new team to take our imaginations where ‘no man has gone before’.

Here is what we know so far about the cast:

Captain KirkChris Pine

Kirk’s DadChris Hemsworth is coming out of nowhere to play George Kirk (James T’s dad) according to Variety.

Older Mr Spock Leonard Nimoy (what other actor had it so good? Long live Spock! He finally gets to play a Sarek role)

Young Mr SpockZachary Quinto (you hate him on Heroes as the arch nemesis Sylar) UPDATE: Follow this link for first look pics from the set including this shot of young Mr. Spock aka Quinto (courtesy of JFXonline – their watermark):

young spock

Scotty Simon Pegg (a nice choice! Remember Diary of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Grindhouse?)

Nero Eric Bana (I’m not a huge fan of Bana and I thank the movie gods that he was bumped from playing Wolverine in X-Men for Hugh Jackman who I thought did a bang-up job. Since no one knows what role “Nero” is set to play bank on the character name making him a chief rival to the ‘young’ Kirk) Update: Rumor has it that the Nero character will be Romulan.

Ayel Clifton Collins Jr. An actor that is on the rise will play a General and cohort sucking up to Nero played by Bana.

Uhura Zoe Saldana (Smokin’ hot is all I have to say..remember the hot pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl?)

Chekov Anton Yelchin (An actor born in the USSR should bring authenticity to this role even though he’s a bit unknown)

Sulu John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle actor…not exactly a recommendation but we have hopes).

Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoyKarl Urban You may recall Karl as Eomer in Lord of the Rings and the main nemesis in the Bourne Supremacy.

Amanda Grayson aka Spock’s Mom Winona Ryder was recently announced as taking on this role which was played by Jane Wyatt on the original series. Which begs the question of who will play the younger Sarek? It would be odd to see Winona play opposite Winona as young Spock’s mom and dad. Since she is only six years older than Quinto as young Spock, there is either heavy makeup to be seen (we hope not) or flashbacks in store (again, not preferable but who knows…)

Christopher PikeBruce Greenwood will play the role which was to be the original captain of the Enterprise. In the pilot Pike was played by Jeffrey Hunter who later bailed out after the pilot was rejected thus making room for Kirk. Hs role as the first captain of the Enterprise was written back in with The Menagerie episode, one of the original series best imo.

It seems like if you worked with Abrams on Alias you have a shoo-in to be in this film (check out the IMDB.com on the actor profiles and you’ll see what I mean). That being said there are three additional actors announced for the film but not tied to specific roles yet which are: Rachel Nichols, Jennifer Morrison, and Greg Grunberg of Heroes.
Roberto Orci is the co-screenwriter who worked with Abrams on the tv show Alias. Let’s hope he has some chops for the big screen. His upcoming Amazon sounds intriguing especially if the rumored actress is cast. He has another big film with mega budget but hit and miss director Michael Bay at the helm called 2012: The War For Souls. He is rumored to be a big fan so that offers significant hope. The other co-screenwriter is Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman is best know for his work on Transformers and MI:III. Check out a very good and lengthy interview with Orci about the new film here.

The Reykavik-based newspaper DV confirmed that representatives of Paramount are actively working with the local Icelandic film company Sagafilm in order to find suitable filming locations for the 11th movie outing of the franchise. Iceland, in addition to having undisturbed robust vistas, allows film production companies to reclaim up to 14% of their production costs. Not bad for film work, eh?

The long time production designer is being passed over for new blood as well so don’t be surprised if you see some things very different about this new (old aka prequel) Star Trek.

Abrams and Paramount are pretty smart about how to set the marketing in motion as well. There is a planned Star Trek: The Tour launching in January 2008 which will preface the film nicely I would think. Sign up for news on that here.

The cool blog trekmovie.com even created their own trailer. Check it out:

Updated:   Check out the new (old) Enterprise!

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6 responses to “New Star Trek Film In Development Names Kirk Actor

  1. Er…I remain unconvinced that Abrams is the savior so many Trek fans think he is. Have you seen “Mission Impossible III”, his first cinematic effort? Overlong, bloated, superficial. The man who best understood the mythic dimensions of Trek and who is a genuinely gifted writer and director is Nicholas Meyer. Any Trek project he was affiliated with was a distinct improvement over the rest. Abrams belongs to the generation of directors more hung up on video game action and CGI than in-depth story and characterization (the strong suit of the best of Trek). The new films aren’t for the “old guard” fans, they will be going after the 14-18 year old crowd, the ones who love comic book adaptations where you leave your brains at the door…God preserve us from such idjits…
    TIZMANIAN: I hear you, Cliff. I have chosen to ignore MI:3 due to Tom Cruise’s involvement thereto and the idea that there was only so much he could do with him involved. I do choose to concentrate on what he has done with the tv series “Lost” with his co-producer Lindelof who is also involved in the new Star Trek effort. Plus, Abrams still secret film project, commonly referred to as “1-18-08”, at least shows some promise. True, it will be too late to save Trek if the upcoming film projects of his bite the big one but as I say, I have hopes.

  2. thegtapatriot

    I really hope Star Trek does well, however I am also not sure about Abrams? I am one of those “old guard” fans and I prefer to have a good story line. However, I will give them the benefit of the doubt, for now. Also, I am curious about the selection of Chris Pine. Never heard of this actor before, so it should be interesting to see what actually happens. Unfortunately, I really worry about the Trek franchise, if this film does really poorly. I wish they would have opted to clean up or finish stories line Deep Space Nine, or even do something else. Heck, if you were going to try something new what about a Klingon Epic saga (LOTR, Star Wars, style…)? I am probably just dreaming! Would have been nice to see “Ridley Scott” or some other director work on this film, and possibly add a new spin or create a “classic”, better than “the Wrath of Khan”. I’m still hoping for the best with Trek!

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  4. It is kinda sad seeing Old Kirk not get the role. Not even a Cameo?
    It may be like Shatner having to finally deal with the reality of his mortality.

    Kirk dealing with the concept of death and the Kobayashi Maru.

    Read my blog about Star Trek and listen to an audio podcast analyzing the original episode Specter of the Gun

    http://www.hotconflict.com/blog/2007/10/j-j-abrams-pick.html

  5. CHRIS PINE IS THE SEXIEST MAN ON EARTH !
    his eyes are to die for <3333
    (:

  6. Chris

    I am so excited about the new star trek film cant wait till its out at the cinema although im not sure this chris pine was the right person for kirk and not happy william shatner isn’t in it.

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