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Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg Joins ‘Star Trek’ Film

Simon PeggJust last week we announced intriguing casting news for the upcoming film:  Eric Bana as the film’s villian, Nero.  (I wonder if this was the part Russell Crowe was rumored for.)  Now we have more news to whet your appetites.  Actor (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) is signed on to play Scotty; (Harold and Kumar) will take over the role of Sulu.  With the exception of James T. Kirk (an actor is supposedly being finalized), most of the characters have now been filled.  As a refresher:

  • John Cho: Sulu
  • Simon Pegg: Scotty
  • Eric Bana: Nero
  • Zoe Saldana (Haven): Uhura
  • Anton Yelchin (Alpha Dog): Chekov
  • Zachary Quinto (): young Spock
  • Leonard Nimoy: Spock

Not much is known about the script, though it is believed the movie will depict the Enterprise’s early days.  Shooting for the film will begin in November.


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Will Russell Crowe Join ‘Star Trek’ Film?

Russell CroweAccording to the New York Post, may be dismounting his horse and going sci-fi for his next venture.

If the reports are true, we could see the 3:10 to Yuma star boldly heading where no man has gone before in the latest movie.  The details of his role are vague, but he’s being courted to play the villain in the series’ 11th installment.

The film, currently starring Zachary Quinto () as Spock and Anton Yelchin (Huff) as Chekov, is being directed by ().

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The Mysterious Trailer Preceding ‘Transformers’

J.J. AbramsFor the millions of you who stepped out to see Transformers this past week—you probably walked away with one plaguing question:  What was the name of the movie for that trailer I saw?

Despite having seen the production logos, for a moment I wasn’t entirely sure I was watching a film teaser.  It almost seemed like a cheap commercial.  There were shots from a hand-held camera at some type of going-away party….flashes of lights in the sky….then building pieces (including the Statue of Liberty’s head) hurtling around.  Then nothing.  About the only thing indicating that it was a movie was a mention of the release date.  Then when I saw J.J. Abrams’ name—it all seemed quite fitting.

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Star Trek Prequel Set for 2008

Star Trek XI Logo
Trekkies nationwide rejoiced Tuesday when Paramount Pictures revealed its planned release date for the 11th Star Trek film.  Set to premiere on Christmas Day 2008, the film, at present being called simply Star Trek XI, will follow young Kirk and Spock through their years in Starfleet Academy and into their first official mission.  Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with director J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III), will again team up for the project, with shooting set to begin in the fall.

While all major details about plot and casting remain unknown, this upcoming entry sounds promising and may give the series a much needed


phaser in the pants.  Check back for more details as they unfold, right here on FilmCrunch.

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