Star Trek XI Finds Its Scotty, Sulu

Plus: Kirk offered to Chris Pine.

J.J. Abrams' Starfleet roster is quickly filling up.

Hot on the heels of this week's news that Eric Bana has signed on to play the heavy in Star Trek XI, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety bring word of two more additions to the cast.

First, Variety reports that Abrams has found his chief engineer -- the role of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott has been filled by none other than Simon Pegg, the British actor best known for his work in comedies such as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The article goes on to say that the role of James Kirk has been offered to Chris Pine (The Princess Diaries 2, Just My Luck) -- an assertion backed up by The Hollywood Reporter. The Reporter also breaks the news that John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) has been cast as future Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu, a deal that leaves most of the film's main roles filled. From the article:

Plot details are begin kept under wraps, but it is understood that the movie chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew. The lead roles remaining to be cast are Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Enterprise, and Kirk's parents.

Star Trek XI is scheduled to start filming next month, so we should be able to expect the last pieces of its casting puzzle to fall into place relatively quickly.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Source: Variety

Comments

puablo

Josh Jones

As messed up as all this sounds, now I really want to see this.

Oct 12 - 07:31 AM

Xhrix

David Smith

Lets hope the casting stays great, and we don't get stuck with Ashton Kutcher as Kirk

Oct 12 - 07:51 AM

witherwings

Jamie Lynn

We do have Ashton Kutcher as Kirk, essentially.

Oct 12 - 07:57 AM

Shatter24

Jeremiah Rancourt

I am excited, they are going younger and casting interesting character actors in the roles.

Oct 12 - 08:08 AM

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bob jones

although they didnt get the big name actors they wanted (matt damon, gary sinise, adrian brody, etc) im pretty much ok with this cast.....except for the people playing KIRK AND SPOCK. who are, as ron burgandy would say, a big deal. people know them. chris pine? come on. wtf.

Oct 12 - 08:46 AM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

Chris Pine? I think they are ****ing with us.

Oct 12 - 08:57 AM

planetawesome

Seth Green

I too really really reeeeally hope they find someone better than Chris "Princess Diaries 2" Pine to play Kirk. This is the freakin' captain we're talking about, people! Other than a super unimpressive resume, he looks way too girly to be Kirk. That said, I like John Cho and I bow down to Simon Pegg. No to Chris Pine!

Oct 12 - 09:28 AM

arendr

Arend Anton

Simon Pegg as Scotty? This just sounds like a joke.

Oct 12 - 09:43 AM

peggsgrl724

Laurie K

no joke...simon as scotty...you really think he can't pull it off then you are sorely mistaken...he's gonna be great...juries still out on the rest of the cast though personally Ashton Kutcher as Kirk...he's plenty hammy enough he might be great in the role....not!

Oct 12 - 10:05 AM

DaHypr1

Jim Huete

i saw simon pegg and laughed. but for soe reason i want to see this even more just to see how much it will be ****ed up

Oct 12 - 09:52 AM

Schnozberry

Jared Muskovitz

Pegg and Cho are great additions... I'm actually looking forward to seeing this movie.
What's with the Zach Quinto hatred? He's great om Heroes, and if Nimoy endorsed him (like he did), I'll trust the casting. He'll be good.

But yeah, back to the matters at hand... Chris Pine? ......DERRRRRR. Wow.

That said, Simon Pegg is one of my favorite actors. I'll run to see anything with him in it.

WAIT FOR A NICK FROST CAMEO. That'd be hilarious.

F*** it, just cast Frost as Capt. Kirk. Then, we're set.

Oct 12 - 09:55 AM

Alterran

Anon Y. Mouse

This just sounds dumb. Paul McGillion I could have seen as Scotty, but Simon Pegg?!? And Chis Pine as Kirk? No. Just. . .no.

Oct 12 - 09:57 AM

peggsgrl724

Laurie K

no joke...simon as scotty...you really think he can't pull it off then you are sorely mistaken...he's gonna be great...juries still out on the rest of the cast though personally Ashton Kutcher as Kirk...he's plenty hammy enough he might be great in the role....not!

Oct 12 - 10:05 AM

hunch51984

Jason Reneau

I really cant wait to see this now, Simon Pegg is awesome

Oct 12 - 10:17 AM

lpbreeze

First Last

this movie could be really funny...which might not be a good thing but i like when the Trek movies have laughs- San Fran Earth one with the whales. With all the news on the cast lets hope they actually can put together a good movie because we all know no matter how good the cast is it's the story that matters.

Oct 12 - 10:32 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

[b]SCOTTY:[/b] (pointing to a security guard's shirt) You've got red on ya.

[b]SULU:[/b] Captain, should we head back to Rigel for your Romulan ale?
[b]KIRK:[/b] ..................... nah, we've gone too far now.

Oct 12 - 11:28 AM

mycinelli

Craig Bryant

What I'm wondering is how revisionist Abrams is going to be given Kirk was supposed to be an uber-geek at the Starfleet Academy. It might be cool if the movie focused the transition from the "Walking Stack of Books" Kirk to the "Save the Universe and Have Sex with the Green Woman" Kirk as described by Eddie Murphy

Oct 12 - 12:06 PM

hewpot

Ballsack Enormous

this is gonna be the same ****ed up cast as southland tales, but southland tales pulls it off so maybe abrams can too

Oct 12 - 04:41 PM

seanmprd78

Sean Guyon

Let's not forget that the past couple of installments were terrible. I just wonder if this is coming too fast. They really have run the series into the ground with "Deep Space 9", "Voyager", and "Enterprise". Die hard fans still supported this crap so the company kept churning them out. The franchise has not been known for quality as of late, and I think they should have waited a while longer for the bad taste to wash out of the moviegoer's mouths.

Oct 12 - 05:29 PM

Exode

? ?

This film isn't meant to remind anyone of the more recent blandness of the last few Star Trek films and series. Fans are meant to see the first trailer and have the reaction envoked, "God, I can't believe they actually pulled a Star Trek film like this off." while a non-fan to begin with is supposed to witness the trailer and express, "That was Star Trek?!" Your not thinking in terms of a proper reinvention. Simon Pegg's casting as Scotty is a small glimpse as to the differences in the series overall feel. For all you know this could end up being a kind of Hunt For Red October in space.

Also, prior films had the restrictions of the television series, in some cases providing a rich background for the films and in others holding the films back from their full potential. This is a Star Trek tailored to be a hit film series from the ground up and as a result has a greater chance of becoming a well-known film series to fans and non-fans alike.

Oct 12 - 06:13 PM

peggsgrl724

Laurie K

I completely agree with you exode...a star trek without the constraints of the television show could be awesome I mean the possibilities in which they can take there are absolutely endless...

Oct 12 - 10:50 PM

MMacKK

Alex Mackenzie

Simon Pegg?

Ok, now someone's finally made me interested to see anything related to 'Star Trek'.

Oct 12 - 05:59 PM

Exode

? ?

This film isn't meant to remind anyone of the more recent blandness of the last few Star Trek films and series. Fans are meant to see the first trailer and have the reaction envoked, "God, I can't believe they actually pulled a Star Trek film like this off." while a non-fan to begin with is supposed to witness the trailer and express, "That was Star Trek?!" Your not thinking in terms of a proper reinvention. Simon Pegg's casting as Scotty is a small glimpse as to the differences in the series overall feel. For all you know this could end up being a kind of Hunt For Red October in space.

Also, prior films had the restrictions of the television series, in some cases providing a rich background for the films and in others holding the films back from their full potential. This is a Star Trek tailored to be a hit film series from the ground up and as a result has a greater chance of becoming a well-known film series to fans and non-fans alike.

Oct 12 - 06:13 PM

peggsgrl724

Laurie K

I completely agree with you exode...a star trek without the constraints of the television show could be awesome I mean the possibilities in which they can take there are absolutely endless...

Oct 12 - 10:50 PM

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