I have not been this excited about a Star Trek movie since the First Contact movie back in 1996. I am a huge fan of The Next Generation because of Jean Luc Picard, my favorite captain. Before you start telling me how much better the other captains are and get all trekkie on me, let me just say that I got to watch TNG every week as it came out and not via re-runs. I did watch the original but I was more of a bystander while someone else in my house watched it. My favorite character was Spock because well, vulcans are cool galactic elfs. What makes the new movie more interesting is its cast, they are not main stream actors but I am sure you have seen them on other stuff. So lets take a look at who will be boarding the USS Enterprise.
Zachary Quinto comes to us fresh from the TV show Heroes to play the lovable Vulcan. You might have also seen him in the past in CSI, Charmed or 24. He is an excellent actor and will have no problem playing a Vulcan. His current character in Heroes has been very demanding and he has done it well. I look forward to him being the star of this movie.
Simon Pegg Will be responding to the “beam me up” phrase that we all know and love. If you have not seen Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead you need take a trip to the rental store or add it to your online rental queue right now. You might have also seen him on MI III or Dr Who. (If you don`t know what Dr Who is ask a guy named Big Orange Michael.)
Zoe Saldana is going to be playing Uhura. She was not one of my favorite characters on the original since I though she lacked depth and ass kicking, but Saldana is another great actor. I first noticed Saldana on one of my favorite movies, Center Stage. She has been in several movies and will do a great job on the movie.
Eric Bana who I frankly don’t think too much of, the only movie where I stomached him was Munich, is going to be the villain Nero in the movie.
Chris Pine is said to be the ripping his shirt captain that Shatner made famous.
John Cho from Harold and Kumar go to White Castle might be playing Sulu. Another connection with Heroes is that George Takei the original Sulu plays Kaito Nakamura.
Here is a picture of the original cast if you need a reminder of what they all looked like 🙂