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Casting the next Star Trek movie - Part 1

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, May 10, 2009

You know that it's become a different Star Trek when the Beastie Boys play on the film's soundtrack. J.J. Abrams has unleashed his new Star Trek and blown away the dust that's built up on the franchise for 40 years. Trekkers/Trekkies have always known that their beloved sci-fi universe had a lot of good things going for it but having a fresh take can also make us take a new look at old characters and places. So with the new Star Trek a proven hit and a sequel inevitable it's time to take a look back at the first adventures of Kirk and Spock in the 1960s and see who could play some of the most memorable supporting characters from Star Trek. Warning: there be Klingons ahead.

Abrams and his creative partners went for youth with their 2009 film; the oldest principal cast member is Simon "Scotty" Pegg, practically a grandfatherly 39 years of age while the youngest is Anton "Chekov" Yelchin at a spry 20. Bearing this age range in mind I've decided to try and cast actors around the same age as their characters in the original TV series. Obviously there's a ton of pretty people that can play the part just because they look good and are in the right age bracket, but I'm also casting my candidates based on other elements. Have they shown something in their past roles which hints that they could play the Star Trek character? Do they bring something unique which could make their take on an iconic character stand out from the original actor's performance? Maybe they're just cool enough for me to want to see them find a home in this Trek universe. Was Karl Urban anyone's first pick to step into the shoes of Dr. McCoy? See, thinking outside the box can lead to an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

Alright, let's see what the future of Star Trek may hold for us:

Yeoman Janice Rand. Originally played by Grace Lee Whitney for just 8 episodes in the original series but she came back for 3 paychecks in the Star Trek films (1, 3 and 6), Rand was introduced as a romantic interest for Kirk but an untouchable one. Kirk may have been a ladies man but even he wasn't stupid enough to poop where you sleep and open himself up to a court marshal or future paternity lawsuit. For the new Trek Rand should be brought back in a similar capacity. To create some romantic tension but with a curve ball, why not make it that Rand was one of Kirk's conquests from the Academy so she knows what his tricks are and has been there, done that already? Kirk can feel a little uncomfortable that one of his one-nighters is working directly under him but what's he going to do, ask Starfleet to reassign her because she knows what his ass looks like? In the hands of a capable actress who can be a bit of a party girl but also project professionality the new Janice Rand could be the one thing that Kirk can't get a hold of. Of course, that may not put the brakes on Rand from setting her eyes on someone like Chekov and popping his virgin seal.

Of course it has to be Ms. Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell. Imagine this scene taking place during Rand's off-duty time in one of the Enterprise's cafeterias:

Nurse Christine Chapel. Nope, that wasn't your ears playing a trick on you when Karl Urban's Dr. McCoy asks for an off-camera Nurse Chapel's help during Kirk's trip to the Sickbay. Played by Majel Barrett before she was Mrs. Gene Roddenberry, Chapel was Mr. Spock's occasonal love interest. With Zoe Saldana already the apple of Zachary Quinto's Spock's eye, wouldn't it be cool if the new Chapel still pined for Spock but also had to deal with daggers tossed from the eye of Uhura? I'd spin it that Chapel was trained in Vulcan medicine so she had knowledge of the lost Vulcan culture, perhaps making her a more logical choice for Spock's romantic interest than Uhura's trained linguistic tongue.

This is a tougher call to make. On some level I like Anna Faris from the Scary Movie films because she can bring a nice mix of humor to the part and be a foible to Urban's more serious-natured Bones. I also like January Jones from Mad Men because she kind of more looks like Chapel to me. However, the choice that might bring a mixture of both Faris and Jones to the part is someone that J.J. Abrams likes to work with and that's Felicity's Keri Russell. To be sure I'd screen test all three with Quinto and Saldana and see which one is the best but if I was a betting man and if Abrams is back for movie #2 I'm guessing that he'd go with Russell. After all, he did think about putting her in a role in the reboot. Has he been thinking of her already as the new Nurse Chapel?

Check her out in this guest starring episode of Scrubs. Now imagine her passing you the hypospray. Now imagine her and Zoe Saldana doing a catfight version of "Amok Time" for who gets to go all Ponn Farr with Spock.

Commodore Matt Decker. Even if you're not up on all your episodes names as someone that goes to a Trek con you must still remember that old episode with the Doomsday Machine -- you know, that grey ice cream cone in space with a $20 dollar special effect going on down its throat? Kirk finds the blasted remains of the USS Constellation and only it's half-deranged captain, Commodore Matt Decker, remains from the ship's crew. The Doomsday Machine is an alien war machine that eats planets and if Kirk doesn't find a way to stop it, Earth's next on the menu. One of the best character actors from the 60-70s, William Windom, played Decker and did a better job of chewing up the scenes he was in than the Doomsday Machine, so when Decker is recast for new Trek we need someone who can hold up to the same standard.

My first choice was Gary Oldman who can probably do angry Federation starship captain better than anyone alive but he's too obvious and busy doing Batman movies. Ed Harris is another nice candidate since he always does a great job at yelling at people and things exploding but he may be too long in the tooth if we want to keep the friend connection between Kirk and Decker from the original episode. Michael Rooker is my from-out-of-left-field candidate and he's another talented character guy who can easily pull off a Captain Ahab kind of guy. However, I'm going to target Kiefer Sutherland as my first choice for Commodore Decker. Throughout seven years of playing Jack Bauer in 24 he's shown that he can deliver the intensity of a man pushed to the brink of emotional collapse but still has the energy to put his foot right up the ass of anyone or anything that stands in his way. That should include Kirk. I can easily see Sutherland starting off as an ally of Kirk, an older, more experienced starship captain who sees Kirk's calvary coming over the hill and gets his second wind, but once Kirk shows a more cautious side Sutherland's Decker will need to show this young punk who's boss out here in the middle of fucking nowhere. Yeah, Kiefer's my man to scream at Chris Pine, "It's a maw, Jim! A MAW!"

 

George Kirk. Older brother of James, we almost got the chance to see George in the new Star Trek since Abrams cast then 14-year-old Spencer Daniels to play him. That's Daniels walking down the dirt road when young Kirk drives by in his stepdad's stolen Corvette but now he's credited as just a kid named Johnny. In the original series George was a scientist killed by alien parasites on Denova in "Operation - Annihilate!" so we know next to nothing about Kirk's older brother. The reboot services as a great opportunity to show more of how Nero changed the timeline by killing George Kirk Senior onboard the USS Kelvin. If James Kirk grew up to become more of a rebel without a cause how did the death of their father affect George Junior? Did he still turned out to be a scientist? Is he working in Starfleet? Is he living on Denova? If there's a way to have an interesting storyline for the sequel showing us Captain Kirk's brother I'd say do it, bring him into the storyline. There could be some real meat there. What if George Kirk blames Starfleet for his dad's death? How's he feel now that his younger brother is a captain on a starship? Or what if George Kirk Senior decided to follow in his dad's footsteps and join Starfleet before James did?

Another Abrams protege would do admirably as George Kirk: Scott Speedman. He's five years older than Chris Pine and the two even look a bit alike. Hey J.J., call up your two Felicity pals and give them jobs in your next movie.

 

 

Lt. Gary Mitchell. In the second pilot for Star Trek there was the character of Gary Mitchell, the guy who was supposed to be the best friend of Kirk from Starfleet Academy. At a mission to probe the edge of the galaxy Mitchell was zapped by some crazy cosmic force, giving him godlike powers,  silvery eyes and an ego bigger than Kayne West. Kirk had to kill his best friend before Mitchell could kill him, bumming the captain out but also setting the stage for Spock to become Jim's new BFF.

Star Trek purists will argue that Gary Mitchell should have been included in the new Star Trek. Since I'm one of them but I also count myself as being a realist, who's to say that Kirk didn't know Gary Mitchell at the academy and wasn't his roommate? We saw maybe 10 minutes at the academy in total so why not assume that Kirk does know Mitchell. Now that he's captain on his own ship he can pull a few strings and request officers. Why not have Mitchell sign onboard and serve as Kirk's Number One over Spock? Let's see what would happen this time if Gary Mitchell got branded with the silvery eyes. How much harder would it be on Kirk and the crew if there was some kind of emotional investment in Mitchell? Hell, what if things were reversed in this timeline and Spock was the one that gets zapped and given godlike powers? What if Kirk had to make a decision that would damn his best friend but save Spock, so ultimately the timeline is restored to match the original series again but the events leading up to it played out differently? Now that we've seen Kirk act like a douchebag during the Kobayashi Maru test, which was programmed by Spock, it would make for a profound turnaround for the audience to see the first time Kirk has to choose who lives and who dies that he knows personally as a friend. It also might make for a good reason to have Leonard Nimoy return as Spock for a brief cameo, perhaps to give advice to Kirk between choosing between the life of his human best friend and that of the green-blooded bastard who tried to kick him off the ship in the last movie. We've seen Kirk get the ship, now let's see him come to realize the price it takes to be a captain.

We need someone who looks like he's the best friend of Chris Pine, a guy who probably does some of the same things Kirk did back at the academy: drink, party, bed green chicks and generally act like space is the old west, but at the same time we can see him take command of a situation in an instant and be all job. Battlestar Galactica's Sam Witwer? Wanted's James McAvoy? Maybe -- or maybe it's soldier boy Josh Hartnett from Black Hawk Down. I can see him going from a guy who's your best friend and would lay down his life for you to slowly transforming into something beyond human that wants to squash you like a bug.

Zepham Cochrane. The guy that invented warp drive. Seen in Star Trek: First Contact and played in his middle-age by James Cromwell. Cromwell's performance wasn't anything like the way Glenn Corbett played Cochrane in the original series episode "Metamorphosis". Hey, that's OK because I want to suggest a guy who could probably play it both ways.

I don't even think it's a good idea to remake "Metamorphosis" into a feature length story but if you had to bring Zepham Cochrane into the new Star Trek I'd want a guy who can project the innocence that Corbett had in the original episode as well as the cocky, devil-may-care spunk that Cromwell had in his version. Nathan Fillion, you're my man. Ever since he played Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly he's shown to be a well-rounded leading man. Plus, I think Fillion is the only actor in the right age that can pull off the absurdity of a guy that makes out with a female energy cloud. For example, here's him delivering five words in a way that no one else in Hollywood could:

Roberta Lincoln and Gary Seven. In the episode "Assignment: Earth" the Enterprise travels back in time to 1968 so NBC can save money on this week's episode. There Kirk and Spock met a human man who acted like an alien James Bond, working for a mysterious group of aliens that wanted to help Earth survive its Cold War. Robert Lansing played the secret space man agent Gary Seven while a really young Teri Garr was his bubble-headed secretary Roberta. The episode was made in the hopes that a spinoff series could be made showing the further adventures of Gary Seven and hippy-chick Roberta. While that never happened, what about dusting off the concept now?

I know, nobody wants to see another time travel episode so soon after this movie but a couple of sequels down the road or if the right kind of story comes around, why not? There's one guy that I think would play the perfect rebooted Gary Seven and that's Mad Men's Jon Hamm. He's got the look, the voice, the wardrobe. So who's his Roberta? Why not the daughter of a hippy-chick, Kate Hudson? Have them be the time travelling crusaders. Hell, here's an idea on how to make it work: have the aliens that employ Gary Seven send him to the 23rd century to see what happened to break the original timeline. What if Seven had to find a way to restore the timeline or else his future wouldn't happen? I've got it! Gary Seven could represent the fundamentalist Star Trek fans that despise what Abrams did to their franchise!

Hey Paramount, you can park the bank truck at my front step for a decent Star Trek spinoff movie.

Next time: Klingons, Carol Marcus, the Squire of Gothos, Mirror Universe hot chick, another crazy Starfleet captain and a few more surprises.

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Posted: 11 years 2 weeks ago

Scott Caan should play Khan.

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Posted: 11 years 2 weeks ago

There is no George Kirk in this new reboot by Abrams- if James Kirk had an older brother they would have shown a tot during the Kelvin sequence and the fact that Spencer Daniels character was renamed as Johnny means that Kirk is now an only child.

And I vote for Javier Bardem as Khan!