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The Politics of Star Trek

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“I think a movie that shows people of various races working together and surviving hundreds of years from now is not a bad message to put out right now,” were the words of J. J. Abrams, director/producer of the upcoming flick. “It was important to me that optimism be cool again,” he said in a recent interview.

This “We Are the Universe” sort of mentality might sound mushy, but let’s give the guy some slack. He does, after all, have a movie to promote. Everything’s gotta have an angle, and this one is a sight better than the that’s been filling the press.

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New Star Trek Posters

Star Trek Posters

Those lucky enough to have a ticket for this week’s Comic-Con gathering in San Diego will get their chance to own a new set of posters. Four different portraits - Eric Bana (Nero), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) - were compiled to create the above image.

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Star Trek Movie Delayed Until Next Year

Star Trek LogoWell, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer to beam anyone up.

Those who made it out to see Cloverfield in the past few weeks got a sneak peek at another J.J. Abrams production: .  (If you haven’t seen the clip yet, you can view it after the jump.)  Unfortunately, a major part of that trailer is now no longer true.

The highly-anticipated prequel/sequel was slated to be released ‘Christmas 2008’.  What it should have said was ‘December….Give Or Take a Few Months.’

According to Variety, the movie’s premiere will remain ‘under construction’ until May 8, 2009.

The film was simply part of a major reshuffling in ‘s calendar.  In most cases, a changed date usually signals bad news; that’s not the case with Trek.  In fact, the studio believes the movie will benefit from this shift.

Actors involved in the next installment include Tyler Perry, , Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, and Leonard Nimoy.

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Tyler Perry Joins ‘Star Trek’ Film

Put Description Here - the man behind and - will be assuming a much smaller role for his next project.

The writer/producer/actor will be taking someone else’s direction while starring in the upcoming film.  (I believe this may be the first time he’s ever participated in something that didn’t have his name in the title.)  Perry will join a continuously expanding cast that already includes Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, John Cho and Leonard Nimoy. 

If the movie adds one more star, I believe it will have officially reached proportions.

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Winona Ryder, ‘House’ Star Join ‘Star Trek’ Film

Winona RyderIn the past couple of days, we’ve learned of two more females added to the upcoming film.  (The Age of Innocence) and (House) will now be joining actress in the male-heavy cast.

Although director is being tight-lipped about Morrison’s role in the film, he has denied speculation that she will play secretary Yeoman Rand.  Meanwhile Ryder has been cast as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of young ().  Saldana, as previously announced, will be starring as Lt. Uhura.

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William Shatner Slighted By New ‘Star Trek’ Movie

William ShatnerIn what can only be described as a dismal shame, William Shatner is being left out of the loop on the upcoming motion picture. Shatner’s fellow cast mate, , was attached to the project early and is set to reprise his role as Mr. Spock. Shatner expressed surprise to the Associated Press last week that he’s not in the movie at all. For shame. You can’t have without Captain Kirk, people.

The new Trek harkens back to the well-loved original series and features as a young Kirk and as young Spock. Nevermind the fact that Kirk died in 1994’s Star Trek: Generations. Shatner is an icon of the genre – if nothing else, he could appear as a holographic image.

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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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