Star Trek XI — casting round-up

Now that all the actors are in place for the main characters in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek movie, here is a list of the characters, the actors who created them in 1966 (although Spock was first played by Leonard Nimoy in the unaired 1964 pilot episode, and Chekov was added to the show in 1967), the actors who will play them in the new movie, and the age gaps between them:

  1. James T. Kirk — William Shatner, 35 — Chris Pine, 27 — 8 years

  2. Spock — Leonard Nimoy, 33/35 — Zachary Quinto, 30 — 3/5 years
  3. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy — DeForest Kelley, 46 — Karl Urban, 35 — 11 years
  4. Montgomery “Scotty” Scott — James Doohan, 46 — Simon Pegg, 38 — 8 years
  5. Uhura — Nichelle Nichols, 33 — Zoe Saldana, 29 — 4 years
  6. Hikaru Sulu — George Takei, 29 — John Cho, 35 — -6 years
  7. Pavel A. Chekov — Walter Koenig, 31 — Anton Yelchin, 18 — 13 years

If any other original-series characters are added to the cast, such as Janice Rand or Christine Chapel, I will add them here.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).


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