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Yes, But Can He Scream?? Russian Born Actor To Be JJ's New Chekov!!

Published at: Aug. 8, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
JJ Abrams has found his Pavel Chekov. It's Russian-born Anton Yelchin, pictured here:
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. Yelchin's presence as Chekov effectively confounds recent speculation that the new movie will be set during the earliest leg of the Enterprise's 5 year mission. Chekov was not referenced in recently revealed casting sides & the navigator was not part of The Original Series' early run...at least in the original time line. A JJ alterverse may now allow for such anomalies. Or, perhaps the film is set deeper into the series than we first thought? Or maybe we'll see young Chekov at the Academy? Or...Or... (Merrick's head explodes) More as more becomes known.
I wonder who they'll get to play Sulu?


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  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Just clicking along

    by Aloy

    Will it be up to old standard?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Nyet!

    by c4andmore

    never heard of this guy

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Starfleet: 90210

    by My Ass Smells

    I hating this new gay college kids cast. Do we really need a backstory to the classic Kirk days? NO! Give us something new for chrissake.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Enterprise's earliest missions?

    by My Ass Smells

    Wasn't the Enterprise mission only for 5 years????

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Enterprise's earliest missions?

    by My Ass Smells

    Wasn't the Enterprise mission only for 5 years????

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    So Checkov was 8 when he first joined the Enterprise?

    by jimmy_009

    Jeez that guy looks young.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    OH MY GOD

    by GregoryHarbin

    I've loved this kid since I met him in 'Huff.' I can't wait for 'Charlie Bartlett.' And now he's in STAR TREK. Sooooo happy right now.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST

    YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY SURWENDER YOUR WESSEL

    by BringingSexyBack

    or vee vill destroy you.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I hope Sulu isn't played by Masi from Heroes...

    by eggbeater

    That would just be too corny.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Maybe he's this series' Wesley Crusher...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Either that, or Mr. Sulu's personal cabin boy.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    You know...

    by jsm1978

    I was excited about this whole thing when I first heard about it. I'm a fan, practically indoctrinated into it by my dad, but the more I think about it, the less I enjoy the entire concept. Sure more Kirk, Spock, and the rest SOUNDS great, but seeing someone else in the roles, even if they're great... it can't possibly match the experience. Even if they seem to do better than the originals, they're still just copies. Rodenberry wanted Trek to be about going forward... so let's go forward. Forget backtracking, forget looking at the early years, give us a new ship, a new crew, and new adventures. Besides, it's not like there can be any real sense of awe or danger. We've all been here before, and we KNOW that everyone comes out of it okay, since we have already seen their further adventures. Move on.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:37 a.m. CST

    He ain't no Shia but he'll have to do

    by BringingSexyBack

    Shia still gets a cut of his income. Shia owns Hollywood.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST

    It's CHEKOV. There ain't no "c" in there.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Jeesh.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST

    I see the Hollywood Reporter got it wrong, too.

    by Bronx Cheer

    With something this incredibly important, you would think people would check their facts.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST

    eggbeater

    by jsm1978

    Corny yes, but I was watching G4 and they were at comic con and talking to him, and he does a great impression of our boy George.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I was hoping that with this new reboot...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    They were effectively RESTARTING the franchise. Just like the Batman films have no relation to the Tim Burton or later 90s films, and have no limitations on what they can or can't do bacause of what may have occurred in them.<p>That way, Chekov or Uhuru (or anyone else) MIGHT be killed or married off, and wouldn't have to follow any sort of pre-planned "timeline" laid down by any of the earlier Trek shows or films.<p>THAT would be cool, as opposed to simply trying to shoehorn in this new films to fit pre-established Trek lore.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST

    And, yes, I'm kidding.

    by Bronx Cheer

    But for the real Star Trek loons, misspelling a character's name is grounds for a slap fight. Hell, it's like saying that Mos Eisley is on Alderan or something. Hey, how the heck do you spell "Alderan?"

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Ghost

    by jsm1978

    That could be a way of doing it, but what would the point be? If you just jump a few years past TNG/DS9/Voyager, you can have the Star Trek universe and do whatever you want in it without worrying about uspetting 40 years of fanbase with a "reimagining".

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST

    2 A's in Alderaan

    by BringingSexyBack

    Wassup Bronx

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST

    'And The Children Shall Lead'

    by skydog

    He could be in the remake of that episode. He's creepy enough.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST

    He'll be wearing a mop for hair!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Just like Walter Koenig did in his early episodes.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST

    The point, to my mind...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    would be the same as the updating in Batman Begins or the new Battlestar Galactica: To take 40-year-old characters and put a 21st century spin on them. Better writing, better acting, cleverer concepts on what the future in space might hold. Keep the basics, but change many of the details.<p>THAT would be a more interesting and exciting spin on the films than already knowing ahead of time how everything ends up.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:52 a.m. CST

    who cares about star trek

    by maluquiro

    seriously.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I VANT TO LICK YOUR WAGINA

    by BringingSexyBack

    and enter your wessel.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Ghost

    by jsm1978

    I suppose... although that just opens the door to rebooting the entire thing every so often when reality doesn't match our predicted timeline of things. Which could be a good thing, I guess, so we don't hear about things like the Eugenics wars in the late 90's...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Checkov? It's pronounced "Cheekooff"

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Anybody know what episode that pronunciation came from? Say it a few times...:)

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST

    BSB, "wagina" is the new "like whoosh."

    by Bronx Cheer

    Thanks for the laugh. And the spelling correction. I knew I had it wrong.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Wasn't the excuse he was in the bathroom?

    by aboriginal

    I always like the reasons the regulars didn't appear in the show sometimes. Maybe this'll jump around a bit and he's just five mintues of filler in the pic that has some dramatic effect on how they all come together. What wil the costumes look like? I'm thinking alterverse here and JJ setting up for a Star Trek New Old Series.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    Do Yourselves A Favor...Get The 1st Season Of Huff

    by Darth Fabulous

    This kid is an amazing actor...to hold your own (and sometimes outshine) against Hank Azaria, Blythe Danner and Oliver Platt is pretty damn great.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    How could they cast a Russian?!?

    by Bronx Cheer

    What's next? They hire a Scotsman to play Scotty? God damn I hope they don't screw that up. Hire Canadian!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I'll accept him if he's ina

    by Omar B

    I'll accept him if he's ina red shirt and gets beamed down first. But seriously, it's too late to bitch and moan about it but Trek's about moving forward not going back. I don't think the franchise needs any sort of restart, just get a good creative team and stop decorating the federation ships like the Holiday Inn (Enterprise D carpeting anyone?).

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Kid was great in...

    by Lenny Nero

    Huff, a guest spot on Criminal Minds and the star of Duchovny's directorial debut "House of D." One of the best of his age group.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Let's celebrate this news with some Romulan Ale

    by BringingSexyBack

    Bronx is buying. Thanks Bronx!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:07 a.m. CST

    TheGhostWhoLurks

    by mr. brownstone

    In a way I couldn't agree more. Trek has been around for so long and in so many forms sticking strictly to "cannon" would be extremely constrictive. Although I would be cool with untold Enterprise adventures that take place between the episodes of TOS.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST

    You repaid his hospitality by stealing his sheep

    by BringingSexyBack

    Chekov is the man. Wessel!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Colby

    by jsm1978

    Yeah, I read that, and that they also had some other star cameos that they hadn't named... didn't much care for that idea either.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker as Christopher Pike

    by BringingSexyBack

    Let him prove his acting chops.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    What would be really weird

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    is if Christian Slater showed up as that same comm officer... Leaning in a dark captain's quarters doorway... Creepy....

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I think the best Sulu would be....

    by eggbeater

    Anthony Wong. He played Ghost in the Matrix movies so he's already played someone's right-hand-man on a ship. BOOYAH

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    SULU

    by Treknut55

    Word is that John Wynn is in consideration - John Wynn is the star of CDUSA - great actor - just shot a lead role in the feature TUNNEL RATS / also Guest-Star on CSI, etc... He is the perfect SULU! Check him out on MySpace - whattya think?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Lucy Liu as Sulu

    by BringingSexyBack

    and preferably in that shirtless fencing scene. Wessel!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    This Japanese dude is PERFECT for Sulu

    by BringingSexyBack

    http://tinyurl.com/34yzdv

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    SULU

    by Treknut55

    http://tinyurl.com/34yzdv - TOO FUNNY!! -- But I think they may want someone who speaks english (just a guess).

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Kirk

    by Treknut55

    Kirk needs to be and full of himself and campy!! -- Nathan Fillion??

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    treknut

    by jsm1978

    Fillion could pull it off, no doubt, but looks a little older than the age range they're going for, I think.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Merrick you are AICN's Micah Robinson. Why?

    by LordEnigma

    BECAUSE YOU ARE TALKING OUT OF YOUR ASS! Obviously this casting does not contradict Star Trek lore. If you read the last ST talkback with the SIDES. You would have read the Chekov bio someone pasted, and how it explains why someone as young as this kid (17!) would be cast to play Chekov. Seriously dude; you are like an unaccredited freakin source. Get your head out of your ass before you go getting all FANBRATISH on this side. Aside from you; CHEKOV IS IN THIS FUCKING MOVIE! BOOYAH!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Fillion

    by Treknut55

    Yeah - maybe, but it may be good to have some age with all these youngsters - it is beginning to look like a Harry Potter Star Trek!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Here it is

    by Treknut55

    http://imdb.com/name/nm1792493/

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Next thing you know

    by jsm1978

    They'll be retconning Welshie in as the original ships engineer or something...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Treknut55

    by Trader Groucho 2

    You, sir or madam, should be a casting director. <p> I can hear Kirk saying, "I am to misbehave."

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Go GhostWhoLurks!

    by OtisSpofford

    What people seem to be missing is that TOS had great character and relationships - to tell the exploits of Kirk and company with updated effects and better story-telling is no different than making a new Bond, a new Batman or a new Tarzan or Hercules... These characters have become modern myths... And to say only Shatner can play Kirk? I agree Shatner defined Kirk - so find an actor who will not do a parody, but give us the essence of the iconic Kirk... It's like saying you can't do a movie about Truman Capote because he won't be playing the role... It's called acting. Imagine if 007 had stopped with Connery - I loved his 007, but some post-Connery Bond (especially Casino Royale) kicked ass. Open note to J.J. Abrams - have Nimoy's Spock explain that this is an alternate timeline - then the hardcore Trekkies won't be on your ass and you'll be free to tell the best stories, unfettered by 40+ years of cobbled-together continuity.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Trader Groucho 2

    by Treknut55

    I know! - I moovin' to Hollyweird!! -

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST

    AH! It's the guy from Alpha Dog!

    by Grando

    Nice work, I had to search myself to figure out who this guy is. Why wouldn't you run down his recent work so we get a feel for how he might fit the role? /endsarcasm.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Go Ghost

    by Treknut55

    That is the best comment! -- I am so sick of re-makes that are just new actors saying old lines like the old actors - and off the subject or on: what is with all these remakes? Now they are re-making "Foot-Loose" - like we needed a second one - Is Kevin Bacon playin' the preacher? -- OK - back to Trek!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Ghost

    by Anton_Sirius

    The difference between a Batman "restart" and one for Star Trek is that Batman is more of an archetype than a three-dimensional character. You can Elseworlds/re-imagine Batman out the wazoo and still retain the essential core of the character. Trek ain't like that. A re-imagined Kirk, Spock etc. are *no longer* Kirk, Spock, etc., they are some other characters entirely. Every Trek TV project since DS9 has been an abject failure because those who had creative control kept looking back instead of forward. You want a good new Trek series? Crib from Roddenberry the way DS9 cribbed from JMS, and rip off the basic plotline of Andromeda. Jump ahead a century or two, have the Federation destroyed, and base the series around a lone ship keeping hope and the Federation's ideals alive in a galaxy full of anarchy. Basically the series Voyager could have been if they'd had any balls. Trek 90210 is gonna suck, just like Generations and First Contact and Nemesis and all the rest of the recent movies sucked, until they get someone in charge willing to expand the Trek universe rather than contracting it.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Xiphos... GET OFF OF ME MAN! I'M COOL!

    by LordEnigma

    I'm cool. This Chekov debate gets heated man. IT GETS HEATED, but I am cool. Yeah. Cool.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    it's Bird!

    by Deadwood Dan

    I second the opinion that y'all should see the first season of Huff. This kid is gold.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Sulu should be...

    by dagonet

    This kid right here. Looks like something funny. Even quirky like the original guy. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1655038/

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Chud Cunts

    by messi

    Fuck those cunts. Jeremy the most cos he is a dumb shit.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    JENSEN FUCKING ACKLES AS JAMES T. KIRK!!!

    by Shermdawg

    ERIC BRADY FTW!!!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise Casting

    by RokurGepta

    J.J. Abrams is currently wooing Tom Cruise for the Christopher Pike role. <br> This article from ign. <p> http://movies.ign.com/articles/810/810794p1.html

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 3:51 a.m. CST

    He was damn good in ALPHA DOG...

    by godoffireinhell

    ...which I finished watching about half an hour ago. That's really all I got to say. I've no interest in this TREK shit.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Must be able to do a flawless russian accent!

    by SpencerTrilby

    ...and FUN!!! <p> Say hello to my shit list, STINO!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:59 a.m. CST

    William Shatner...

    by Bono Luthor

    would be perfect casting to play an older James T Kirk. DO IT JJ!! DO IT!!! GET HIM IN THIS MOVIE!!!! I was talking to Mrs Luthor last night about the possibility that we might see Mulder, Scully, Indy and the original Kirk and Spock all up on the big screen again next year. That's some geekgasm right there. I also agree Nathan Fillywazzizname from Firefly would be a great choice for young Kirk.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Please Lord Jesus

    by Dokkalvar

    Make this project fall into development hell... somehow. Some things just shouldn't see the light of day.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Anton_Sirius

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Saying Batman is merely an archetype while Kirk, Spock, McCoy and crew are somehow more 3-dimensional is kind of silly. Star Trak's Big 3 are the quintessential archetypes: Kirk, the randy stud leader; Spock, the logical and rational counter to Kirk; and McCoy, the crusty crew member who spars with Spock over passion vs. logic.<p>Whether or not Batman, Star Trek, Bond or any of these characters get fleshed out beyond those skeleton personalities depends entirely on who's writing them.<p>And I certainly think that there's VAST potential for telling great stories involving those characters that don't require following previous Trek history, while maintaining the characters' basic personalities.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:11 a.m. CST

    People agreeing with my casting choices??

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    I said in the last TB that Captain Mal (Nathan Fillion) should play Capt. Kirk, and Daniel Dae Kim should get Sulu. I am a fanboy trailblazer!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST

    HERE'S WHY THIS DOESN'T MATTER...

    by cornponious

    It's ok that they have Chekov this early because if you recall, Khan recognizes Chekov, stating he "never forgets a face" when he sees Chekov on Seti Alpha 5, even though Chekov was NOT in the Space Seed episode. SO THERE! <p> KKKKHHHHHHAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    And another thing JJ...

    by Bono Luthor

    SHATNER AS KIRK! SHATNER AS KIRK! SHATNER AS KIRK!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Everybody, Romulan Ale on me!

    by Bronx Cheer

    Hey, BSB, that's the blue stuff, right? We are gonna party like it's 2247!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Say Wessell!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    No!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Jensen Ackles

    by Harold The Great

    As Kirk. I love Nathan Fillon, but he's too old for a 20 something Kirk.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    "I don't think these kids can steer..."

    by Bono Luthor

    Or, if you prefer, "I don't like to loose". I actually used that last one in an appraisal with an old boss once, (she was a corporate clone without one ounce of geek in her who wouldn't know Wrath Of Kahn from Grapes Of Wrath) and she actually fell for it. I was promoted as a result. Bless you Jim Kirk.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Jensen Ackles as Kirk

    by Yeti

    His looks match the charecters ego.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Cast a girl as Chekov, and get the hot Russian blonde

    by CreasyBear

    from the very end of Bourne Supremacy. This would fix everything!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    screech?

    by palewook

    JJ's checkov looks sorta like that guy from saved by the bell

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Davy Jones for Chekov

    by Kentucky Colonel

    He's got the hair, he's got the chops, he's got the time, and he's got the pipes. Call me a "Daydream Beliewer". Now, if he could only play an insturment...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Mako for Sulu

    by Kentucky Colonel

    If only he wasn't dead. He was great in M*A*S*H.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Sebastian Bach for Pike

    by Kentucky Colonel

    He did "Jesus Christ Superstar" in a (bad) touring production. It's not quite "The King of Kings"...but close!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Chekov says "Nu-cle-ar", Bush says "Nu-cu-lar"

    by BringingSexyBack

    Chekov is smarter than the President of the United States. Wessel?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Tyra for Uhura

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Just so someone could "airlock" the bitch. A more self-loathing black woman I've never seen. Bad idea. Uhura is the shit. Maybe get the mom from "Good Times" (Estelle Whatshername) to be Uhura, and SHE AIRLOCKS TYRA! JJ HEAR MY PLEAS!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Romulan Ale

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I bought some of that at the Vegas Hilton. Tastes like watered down Heineken. And yes, it's blue. Where's the Aldeberan Whiskey??

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Dougray Scott as Scotty

    by BringingSexyBack

    She's coming apart Captain!<p>Good, keep spreading those legs Scotty!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    UHURA GANG-BANG ON THE BRIDGE!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Full impulse power baby ...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 7 a.m. CST

    Some of you aren't very well...

    by Bono Luthor

    are you?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Jonathan Ke Quan for Sulu?

    by Bob Muttonchops

    Hey Captain Kirk no time for love!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    That guy looks about 7 years old

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and if they wanted to find someone who looks as unlike the old Chekov as possible, they succeeded. Will the entire cast be children?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    He looks like...

    by Kid Z

    ... that creepy-ass kid with the pet aquatic whatsis from Surface. Or that creepy-ass grocery store clerk with the no-way-in-real-life-even-if-there-really-was-a-nuclear-war hot popular chick girlfriend from Jericho. A lot of young actors look like that lately for some reason. If Shia had a Jewfro, he'd look just like 'em, too.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Anton_Sirius

    by optimus122

    First contact was a great Star Trek movie , STFU..Also this kid will be great as Chekov..this movie is going to be damn good. This franchise needs someone like JJ running the show.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    Leonardo Nam for Sulu

    by DEX

    The guy's nutty (The Perfect Score) but it's hard to think of a young Asian guy with more charisma.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    Just so his pronunciation is OK ...

    by Boris Baddenov

    Let's all pronounce in a heavy Russian accent: "VAHL-TER KAY-NIKH". Then relax, and repeat.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    "Keptin, I hope he will welp our vessel."

    by Darkman

    "Wessel!" <br><br> Seriously, good for him. He was great in ALPHA DOG.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    JJ

    by Cobbio

    I'm basically a fan of JJ Abrams for "Lost" and the first two seasons of "Alias," so I'm taking a wait-and-see attitude with this new Trek. Hopefully they'll give these characters a dramatic, action-packed arc and bring something new to the table.<p> The thing I'm still skeptical about, however, is the time setting. Why did they have to set it in the past? Unless Abrams directs a stunning masterpiece of science fiction, this film will always be relegated to woulda-coulda-shoulda. I've always wanted Trek to move forward into the unknown future. But Brannon-Braga et al decided to give us prequel series and parallel series, not one of which pushed viewers into the future. Move it the fuck along already! Most of the technology in the original Trek has already been invented, and we've already advanced farther than Trek ever thought we'd go. So I'm sick of homages, prequels, origin stories, shit that looks backwards. I want NEW stuff, NEW characters, NEW ships, NEW weapons, NEW conflicts, not the same old same old, which Abrams's Trek seems to be swimming with.<p> Now that my rant is over, I hope JJ busts out a fresh can of whoopass and creates a masterpiece.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    STAR TREK: THE SAVED BY THE BELL YEARS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Dustin Diamond as a red shirt.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Fresh out of the Academy, have his balls even dropped?!

    by KillaKane

    That's not the Chekov I was hoping for, he needs a brilliantine rug and an extra 5 years worth of testosterone...meh! ;-)

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Chekov on enterprise's first mission = teh suck

    by Automation Overlord

    he wasn't on the show until the second season, and i know everyone laughed off that fact in WOK with the botany bay discovery, but if chekov is in this movie and some how saves the day by yelling zippie, i'm gonna be super pissed. Have him appear as a cameo at star fleet or maybe some small part on the ship, but for the love of god if this is a prequel then he rightfully should not be on the bridge, unless this takes place after season 2, which would just be ghey

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Unless Yelchin is "Freshman Cadet Chekov," this sucks

    by SpyGuy

    I mean, my 8-year-old cousin looks older than this kid. I'm smelling a BSG-style continuity reboot...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Soowender da Wesel

    by theheavy

    Soowender da Wesel,.... that line has to be in any Trek movie if Chekov is in it...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Sulu = Masi Oka

    by DarthBakpao

    or perhaps Stephen Chow, whatever...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    What's with the kid?

    by Jakes Nel

    Something tells me Damon is gonna be replaced with Shia...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Paul McGillion as SCOTTY!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    NUFF SAID.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Jet Li for Zulu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by PwnedByStallone

    Ahem.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    That kids not a magician

    by RockLobster800

    "yes I am" "I want you to show me how you did that card trick!!" "cant do it-your not a magician"

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Most of the tech of original Trek already invented?

    by Jared

    Yeah Cobbio, just this morning I beamed over to 7-11 for a coffee and donut. The store got held up while I was there but luckily I had my phaser and was able to stun the robber. After work today the wife and I are going to hop in our ship and travel Warp 3 to that nice little French restaurant orbiting Jupiter.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Shia = Kirk

    by BringingSexyBack

    Jewfro? Check.<p>Cheesy over-acting? Check.<p>Future hawking Priceline? Check.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Where are the Noo-Qu-lar Wessles?

    by PwnedByStallone

    Star Trek IV rules!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I hope Tom Cruise is cast in......

    by Draculasaurus

    nothing ever again.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Chekov sang like a canary over a bug in the ear

    by BringingSexyBack

    Starfleet should have taught him to chomp on the cyanide before Khan could get to him.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Nicholas Meyer was the only great Star Trek director

    by BringingSexyBack

    He created the feel we have all come to know and love. RIP Nicholas Meyer.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    At least Paul Winfield had the balls to off himself

    by BringingSexyBack

    although if it was me, I woulda shot Kirk with no hesitation.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    This kid looks like To Catch A Predator bait

    by BringingSexyBack

    I hope the Space Whale makes an appearance.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    can life be breathed into this dull franchise?

    by pipergates

    though the concepts are cool man this thing has been as dull as the dullest south american soap-opera...that fans let alone rabid fans of this can exist, is one of the biggest proofs that the future of mankind has little hope.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Brent Spiner destroyed Star Trek

    by BringingSexyBack

    He and Rick Berman pushed Jonathan Frakes aside to make himself a lead. That's what killed TNG. Fucking asshole.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    They could have used Genesis on Praxis

    by BringingSexyBack

    God as imprisoned alien = Flames on Optimus.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Keep Tom Cruise the Fuck Away from Star Trek!!!

    by hatespeech

    fucking space alien freak.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as Xenu entering the Neutral Zone

    by BringingSexyBack

    Xenu's arrival forces the Federation, Klingons, Romulans and Borg to join forces. <p>Holy shit that sounds pretty good dontcha think?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Kirk didn't even grieve one minute over Paul Winfield's

    by BringingSexyBack

    sacrifice, now that I think about it, that's fucked up. Kirk = Ego-centric space prick.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    zzzzztar trekzzzzzzzzz....snorefest

    by pipergates

    z z z z z z z z z z z

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Janice Rand Gang-Bang on Deck 8

    by BringingSexyBack

    The needs of the many are about to be fulfilled.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    John Travolta as the gay alien only Sulu can defeat

    by BringingSexyBack

    All Hail Xenu

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack: Kirk had no respect for Winfield...

    by SpyGuy

    ...because Kirk would have found another way to survive the Ceti eels instead of simply offing yourself like a punk-ass bitch. And then Kirk would have found the nearest green chick and banged the green makeup right off of her. That's why Kirk's The Man and always will be.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    SpyGuy - That makes sense

    by BringingSexyBack

    Kirk has always cheated death, never faced death. Paul Winfield is a bitch, agreed.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    not sure about this one....

    by red_five

    I mean, I believe Abrams' has the creative vision, but this whole movie is starting to feel really off. I think the idea of a young TOS cast, but it's hard to see new faces replacing Shatner, Nimoy, and Company. But to me, it's all about the story. IMO, many of the Star Trek movies are really lacking in storyline/plot. If this one can nail a good story, that is a major plus.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    TOO YOUNG!

    by polyh3dron

    How young is this guy, like 16? Wasn't Chekov a lot older looking that this kid?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Hey, at least

    by red_five

    Data isn't in this one!! He was a great character but man talk about monopolizing the franchise...Berman totally overused him and it sucked the life outta TNG.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    jackie chan as sulu...

    by Automation Overlord

    janet jackson as uruhra, owen wilson as bones and vinnie jones as scottie also i really hope jj gives the movie a rock soundtrack featuring sum 41 and greenday, oh and have the enterprise sport a sony logo...this film is gonna be wicked phat!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Core Fundamental Values

    by DocMHumphrey

    What we really need are the basics of the original Trek. The Final Frontier, to explorer new worlds, etc...and at the same time analyze the human condition. Too many of the superfans are attached to their beloved history of mis-matched continuity. Throw all of that out the window and forget it happenned. So much of it doesn't add up.<br><br> Star Trek fanboys except some of the worst story cross-overs and writing errors this side of Vader building 3P0. They treat it more like a L. Ron Hubbard science FICTION novel written on sheets of stainless steel stored in underground vaults in New Mexico.<br><br>Star Trek needs to be reborn. It needs to have it's basic premise rebooted, have the original character archetypes that we learned to love. Hell, half the reason I love the original Star Trek is because of the cheese. Shatner monologues, bad sets, bad costumes, matte paintings, Kirk banging everything. Those things alone brought charm to a show that had serious issues at a time when sci-fi was a cliche in television alone.<br><br>Bringing back Trek, making it modern, real, and exciting. That's what I'm waiting for. Phasers that are lethal and not just an effect. Science and its drawbacks. One scene alone from the Motion Picture said enough for the flaws in the human condition and that science/technology is not perfect: The failed transporter scene. It pushed Bones as a character as well as the laws of life and the universe.<br><br>Klingons need to be feared as a warrior race. Not reject bikers mixed with samurai ethics who love Shakespeare?<br><br>As for actors being too young? I guess you have been paying attention to the world around you lately for about the last couple thousand years. Military, as well as commercial vessels, have had even small children on ships since the beginning of time. Even in today's American military you can be 18 years old and be on a ship serving. Not an uncommon sight to see, maybe washing a deck or running papers, but still don't comment on something unless you've thought about it. Star Trek originally was a military style show. I hope to see more of that included and it's one of the reasons that Battlestar Galactica is successful. It brings a connection of realism to the show, as well as a rule set to follow.<br><br>I'm excited to see what they bring to the table. Hell, I even thought the idea of Damon being Kirk was ok. Nathan Fillion will only be one Capt. in my mind and I would much rather see that ship and crew coming back than him being re-assigned to the Enterprise.<br><br>My biggest concern...you can change the uniforms...you can change the cast...don't change the ship.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I want to believe in this reboot

    by krushjudgement

    Come on guys it's too early to say it's going to suck. 90210? last time I checked, young unknown actors were good for a movie.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Hollywood is going all Shia, all the time

    by GrantChastain

    Don't get me wrong -- Shia is a capable actor, but do we really need to get more people that look just like him?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    this kid was pretty good in Taken

    by Automation Overlord

    along with dakota fanning he was really good in that mini series, he was also on an excellent episode of without a trace and his appearence on curb your enthusiasm was hillarious...he's a decent actor, not sure if he should be chekov only for the reason that chekov should not even be in this movie to begin with

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    SULU

    by Treknut55

    Masi Okkkha is a terrible choice! - and he is an arrogant #%@&*! / Kirk can be 30 or over -- look at Tom Welling as a 30 year old Superman!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    chekov a crewman

    by bigbill

    Skipped a bunch of the TB, so if I'm repeating excuse me. Just cuz we didn't see Chekov on the bridge or in the "Space Seed' doesn't mean he wasn't there. Graveyard shift man! Also I believe he was reading "Orion girl's quarterly" in the only Enterprise bathroom while Khan was doing the full bladder hop outside. As Chekov came... out of the bathroom, Khan looked at him and told him that he was on Khan's sh!t list...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Jason Biggs: Made to play Spock

    by TheBloop

    and the dead, souless Josh Harnett as GEN X slacker Kirk. Wow, now that would be a hit.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Stop worrying about when he shows up in the original!

    by krushjudgement

    This is the re-boot. They can rearrange shit. Look at Superman, specifics change but the mythology remains intact.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Here's an idea...

    by jae683

    Why don't all you "I want a reboot" now generation punks come up with something original instead of milking off other's work in the past. Seriously, why bother with the Enterprise and trying to "re-imagine" characters that belonged to a different generation anyways. There were other ships in the fleet. Follow one of them during the time of the original Star Trek.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    How about lonelysulu15 for Sulu?

    by earnhardt2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ5LBD43T7I Pretty funny, no?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Hope this works.

    by brokentusk

    I don't know about this, he was good in ALPHA DOG, but he annoys me generally. CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS, HUFF... annoying. Also, Merrick, dude, your articles are just excuses for you to paste YouTube clips. Please stop.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Sank you! Hair pie? Sank you!

    by crieff405

    Nuclear Wessels.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    agreed jae683

    by Automation Overlord

    i've always thought they should have done a series set in the time of kirk or even picard, but on another ship, even with todays technology you could have an ep where a new crew could enteract with the crew we already new on the enterprise (trials and tiblleations). i however still say the best movie idea would have been a trilogy detailing the earth/romulan wars, even if it didn't involve archer and the enterprise crew, it could just involve another ship and crew. bottom line is that handing this franchise over to jj was a bad idea, he's too much of a showy director and too big of a name, paramount would have been best to air one more season of enterprise, give us a real TNG finale movie, then waited a few years (2009 or 10) and started a new series set in a time years after the tng/voyager/Ds9 timeframe, but of course that makes sense and paramount is notorious for not having any, they would rather have jj make a dawson's creek startrek movie that fucks with continuity and pisses of fans

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Have they cast Uhura yet?

    by mbeemer

    1) She must be a hardbody.<p><p> 2) She must wear a tight-fitting uniform (preferably the one from the mirror universe).<p><p> (Yes, Uhura was very important to me as a young man. Why do you ask?)

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    contracts

    by Simpsonian

    whomever they sign, they need to have them sign multi-picture contracts to keep it going...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna wager a little guess...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    Part of me thinks that due to Chekov's age, he's going to be Abram's entry character in the story; ie, the wet behind the ears ensign on his maiden voyage. Kirk and Spock will still be our leads but a young Chekov serving as our viewpoint and lead in to the story(such as Myers in Hellboy). I could be wrong. I probably am wrong.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I don't care that Sulu's supposed to be japanese

    by offput

    DDK Should play him! He's on Lost => He's already known and respected by JJ Abrams. It's a lock.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Fuck To Catch a Predator...

    by PwnedByStallone

    and FUCK Perverted Justice up their stupid asses. Sick assholes.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Tickle my taint and plug my wessel

    by BringingSexyBack

    This kid's too young to be Chekov.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    they should have an old t'pol appear

    by Automation Overlord

    and have her appear topless at the beggining of the movie, that be pretty hot

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    PwnedByStallone

    by BringingSexyBack

    You wouldn't happen to be a previous guest on that show, would you?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Yo BSB

    by Yack Backer

    What's with the pedophile? I know it's a Star Trek TB, but Pwned is pushing the envelope!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I don't know, Yack but his disdain for TCAP

    by BringingSexyBack

    speaks volumes! <p>And how are you doing these days? I dreamt of young Chekov last night hence the multiple posts this morning.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Hypocrites!

    by DocMHumphrey

    Wow, I cannot believe they would outlaw pedophilia!?! Man, I guess these people that try and catch pedophiles never read or saw 'Miniority Report'. 'I was just here to talk to her/him.', then why do you have jimmies and this donkey with you?<br><br> I guess PwnedbyStallone likes the choice of young Ensign Chekov....

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Yack, have you seen Ninja Warrior?

    by BringingSexyBack

    I may be late to the NW party but damn that show is fun to watch. Those are some crazy courses.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    DocM

    by BringingSexyBack

    That "I was just here to talk to her/him" defense don't cut it for that one Indian guy who took off all his clothes and walked around the living room nekkid. HAHA

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    NAOMIE HARRIS FOR UHURA

    by reflecto

    Come on people.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    chekov was mid 20's in TOS

    by Automation Overlord

    so why did they hire a 13 year old to play him in this, the movie cannot possibly be set that many years before the show, cuase if it was it would conflict with christopher pike being in comand of the enterprise... unless this kid is olde then he looks, anyone know how to find out what his age is, i've looked everywhere and exhuasted all sources trying to find his age and have come up with nothing

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    DEANNA TROI GANG-BANG ON THE HOLODECK

    by BringingSexyBack

    I call the tit-fuck position. Looking forward to some Betazoid breast banging.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    CHEKOV BEGINS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Episode One: Pavel embarks on his first wessel.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    maybe he's playing chekov's older brother...

    by Automation Overlord

    chekon

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    We are looking for a Nuclear WESSEL...

    by Somerichs

    Kirk out...

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    thank howard stern for the sulu dance

    by canvasseamonkey

    i love that song

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    BEVERLY CRUSHER GANGBANG ON THE MED-DECK

    by BringingSexyBack

    Sweet MILF!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The villains could be...

    by Kid Z

    ... Tom Cruise as Xenu and Jon Heder as Jehovah (the one from the planet Kolob). Offend two wackjob cults in one shot! Beautiful!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    "There is an old Vulcan proverb:

    by sonnyhooper

    ...only Nixon could go to China."

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    so does this mean prequel Chekov built Data?

    by Automation Overlord

    that would be cool! yippeee!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Such...curly...hair!

    by DiernaSoul

    Ok...The kid is 18 but looks MUCH younger...plus he's actually Russian so I guess it could work. But his hair is just...too danged curly for Chekov...and the wrong colour. But still.. WTF is Abrams thinking having Chekov in this movie??? He wasn't even part of the crew (altho Khan remembered him) till the 2nd season! :/

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Girl from Bourne Supremacy

    by And Nicolas Cage as Fu Manchu

    I agree, the Russian girl from Bourne Supremacy would be great. They really need to change things up, otherwise everyone is just going to bitch that it isn't Shatner, Nimoy, etc (me included). I really don't see how hard it is to make up a new character set. There are plenty of other ships in the Federation, why not follow one of them? I guess they think they need established characters to bring in an audience, but really the name itself should be sufficient. Sure the power of the name Star Trek has been diluted by the past 10+ years of lame movies and series, but if the movie is good then the previews should bring in an audience. I know it is too late to bring such things up and it is going forward anyway, but whatever, I can still voice my complaints. ^^;

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    do a reboot/sequel in the lines of diary of the dead

    by Automation Overlord

    its in a way a prequel as it goes back to the era of the first one, but its also a reboot in that it follows a different group of characters then we saw in the first movie. JJ should have done that given us a TOS era star trek but with different characters, hell i doubt any one would even mind a cameo by spock or kirk as long as the main characters and ship were new

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Ackles for Kirk...

    by pd18

    I like it. Take a look at this photoshop image I just put together. He definitely has Kirks' swagger and dashing swashbuckliness. http://img260.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ackelskirkbl0.jpg

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    You want camp for Kirk?

    by DarthFloyd

    Bruce Campbell as Kirk (revisiting his Ash persona)! Admiral, with all due respect, you are in charge of two things: Jack and $#!+, and Jack warped out.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Chekov Redux

    by Karuma

    Chekov was added as an attempt to show the absurdity of the politics of the time. Those of us old enough to remember know that fear of nuclear annihilation from the USSR was rampant in the mid sixties. Adding a Russian crew member was Roddenberry's attempt to show that this too shall pass. And it did, as will the current fear of terrorist attacks. If this show was in production today, no doubt they would have one or more Muslim crew members.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Actors

    by bruno

    You have to love the fact that Abrams is hiring actors. If the actors are good and the script is good, you can take this movie to the bank. I have been a Trek fan since I was 10 in 1967 and I can't wait for a reboot done right.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    7 year old Chekov, eh?

    by Darth_Gonz

    Will he be handling any nuclear wessels during the movie?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Bring Back Yeoman Colt

    by darthliquidator

    J.J.should track down the wonderful Laurel Goodwin, whose only claims to fame were Yeoman Colt in the pilot and Elvis's main girlfriend in "Girls, Girls, Girls". Had a huge crush on her, then she drops out of sight after the "Star Trek" pilot.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Chekov: "Oww my face!"

    by nemesisdarkside

    Sulu: "My face too"

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE HELL ARE PEOPLE GOING ON ABOUT

    by ObiWanCon

    How is the cast a teenage cast there's only been two actors cast they are Leonard Nimoy 77 years old and Zachary Quinto 30 years old now how the hell is 30 teenage. Nimoy was 34/35 in the first season of Star Trek so everyone just shut the FUCK UP.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    "Nick Meyers was the only good Trek director"

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Yeah...those Nimoy films really sucked ass, didn't they. Freak!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    If J.J. fucking abrams casts tom cruise

    by RokurGepta

    than I will fucking boycot that shit

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    It's Star Trek Babies!

    by TheNorthlander

    Kind of like Muppet Babies, but with more kirk.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Mr. Memory....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I hope you know...I was making the same point, only without droping the Wise-bomb.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The Motion Picture

    by RokurGepta

    was a GOOD Movie....sorta

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    My guess is that he'll be a periphery character...

    by rbatty024

    kind of like Boba Fett in the prequels. I am worried that they'll have every character from the original series in some form. It just seems a little too coincidental that the same characters show up twenty years earlier for an adventure that takes place before they're assigned to the enterprise.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Who needs this when we have "Trek" enhanced?

    by careyleefisher

    This project sounds like a total disaster. Most fans will never accept anyone in these roles other than the original actors. It's just not going to happen. Shatner IS Kirk, Nimoy IS Spock and etc. I will stick with "Trek" enhanced thank you. The most exciting thing to happen to "Star Trek" in a long, long time.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I think the best would have been Damon/Affleck.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Think about it long and hard, and know that their real-life friendship would have informed the Kirk/Spock relationship and made for very special cinema.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    stop pretending it's anything other than TEEN TREK

    by kabong

    stop pretending it's going to be faithful to concept, earlier series, characters <p> it's going to be stupidass crap <p> but all the fag producers in sick-freak Hollyweird are excited about the tender tush twink cast as Chekhov

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Buffie "The Body" Carruth for Uhurah

    by Phategod2

    If you dont know who she is Do a Google Image search and your life will never be the same.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    so is this a episode where they are

    by Phategod2

    turned into pubescent teens? and you thought Kirk was Horny in his 30's!

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Short Round/Data is the only Asian Actor out there

    by jimbojones123

    Right? He has to be Sulu.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST

    who I would cast for the rest

    by Cobb05

    First off I never thought that Anton Yelchin was that great of an actor. Him and Cameron Bright seem very robotic too me. This is who I would cast for the rest of the crew: Kirk - James Franco Bones - Clillian Murphy Sulu - Roger Fan Ohora - Gabriel Union Scotty - James McAvoy

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Funny, but wouldn't happen.

    by DocMHumphrey

    Ewan McGregor as Scotty? We know he wouldn't do it...but it would work. He could be a bit cheeky.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    This casting Curb's My Enthusiasm

    by Kaiser Soze

    At least Zachary Quinto LOOKS like a young Leonard Nimoy. Yelchin looks nothing like Walter Koenig. I will give him he was great in one of my favorite episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I don't see him as Chekov. Then again, with the man behind Lost at the helm, I still hold out hope for another Batman Begins, rather than a Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Laurel Goodwin

    by m2298

    continued to act until the end of the 60s http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0329507/ FILFAX magazine had an interview with her a few years ago and she attended a Trek conention in August 2005.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Will they just announce KIRK already!

    by zooch

    Who cares if this child is playing Chekov?

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Agreed DevilCat, continuity is not a deal breaker...

    by rbatty024

    for this film. In fact, I think Trek needs some new radical ideas to keep it alive. If the franchise is going to survive it's going to have to be updated while still adhering to it's roots. I think Abrams can pull this off, and if not I think Trek is dead. Perhaps they should have just let it die after DS9, but if you're going for gold you can't let something like continuity stand in the way, especially since there are a million continuity errors in past shows and films.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Lee Adama for Kirk

    by zooch

    I always thought Jamie Bamber, "Apollo" from Battlestar Galactica would make a good young Kirk.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    JOHN WYNN as SULU!

    by Treknut55

    Just saw his Sci-Fi film - OK - This is it!

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    JOHN WYNN as SULU!

    by Treknut55

    Just saw his Sci-Fi film - OK - This is it!

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    DAKOTA FANNING as Yeoman Rand

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Talk about hiring young for Star Trek XI...:O

  • Aug. 11, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Roger Fan or Sung Kang

    by dagonet

    Would be good as Sulu What about this guy? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1655038/