Star Trek XI — more casting rumours


Twelve days ago, it was announced that 30-year-old Zachary Quinto will play Spock in the new Star Trek movie. The role was created, of course, by Leonard Nimoy, who was 35 when the series began in 1966 — though he had played the role a couple years earlier, too, in the long-shelved first pilot ‘The Cage‘.

Now, Ain’t It Cool News claims to have the casting breakdowns for some of the movie’s other characters — including their ages:

  1. James Kirk — looking for an actor aged 23 to 29 — William Shatner was 35 when the series began

  2. Leonard (Bones) McCoy — looking for an actor aged 28 to 32 — DeForest Kelley was 46 when the series began
  3. Uhura — looking for an actress aged 25ish — Nichelle Nichols was 33 when the series began
  4. Sulu — looking for an actor aged 25 to 32 — George Takei was 29 when the series began
  5. Montgomery (Scotty) Scott — looking for an actor aged 28 to 32 — James Doohan was 46 when the series began

Assuming this information is correct, it would seem to kill those old rumours about 52-year-old Gary Sinise and 39-year-old Daniel Dae Kim being considered for McCoy and Sulu, respectively.

Meanwhile, IGN.com passes on the rumour that Tom Cruise — who has always seemed kind of Vulcan, to me — is being approached for a cameo as Christopher Pike, who was Captain of the Enterprise before Kirk. The role was originally played by Jeffrey Hunter, who may be best known for co-starring with John Wayne in The Searchers (1956) and playing an armpit-hair-free Jesus in King of Kings (1961). Hunter was 38 when he played Pike in ‘The Cage’, and according to the official chronology, that story took place 11 years before Kirk assumed command of the Enterprise; Cruise is 45.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.expanded-universe.com Joseph

    I can see Cruise in the role as Pike. And I’m still holding out for Daniel Dae Kim. Like Cruise, he’s worked with Abrams before (on LOST) and is a great match.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00483534642884838124 Edward

    According to Trekmovie.com, Cruise’s publicist has denied the Pike rumor.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06403255764384760662 Betty

    Oh, god, Tom Cruise? *whimpers* I am so afraid of this movie. It’s going to be Voyager all over again for me, isn’t it?

    And I adore Daniel Dae Kim, but I can’t for the life of me see him as Sulu. Of course, that could very well be because I can’t see anyone but George Takei as Sulu. Or, for that matter, anybody but DeForrest Kelley as Dr. McCoy, anybody but Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, etc., etc., etc. So possibly this is just my own issues talking.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04465717054328033709 Friar

    Cruise has the advantage of already spending a great deal of time on some world other than this one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    the argument over who plays Lt. Uhura is solely divided over two figures:
    Beyonce or Rihanna.

    Sinise would have been great to play McCoy. He’s been digitally doctored (no pun intended. well… maybe) before, so why not now?


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