Friday, September 14, 2007

Zachary Quinto is to Spock as ??? is to Kirk

Of course Zachary Quinto playing the role of Spock isn't news to any of us sci-fi geeks but I have to ask THE question. Can Zachary Quinto help make Star Trek cool again? I think so... I hope so.

He's been making his interest in this project known. He's even been hanging out with Leonard Nimoy. I wish all actors were this dedicated. Let's face it, any actor who touches Star Trek is immortalized in the eyes of the fans forever. He'll be in the official encyclopedia, have posters out the wazoo, trading cards, action figures... hell, even a plushie toy. It also takes him from TV to film which always a good step for an actor.

Quinto as Spock mean this next Star Trek film is going in the right direction. If we can get James Kyson Lee as Sulu, Sanaa Lathan as Uhura, Paul McGillion as Scotty and ... hmmmm.... who would play Chekov? Most importantly, who will play Kirk? I'm not opposed to Matt Damon. I was against the idea at first but his performance in The Departed convinced me that he would be able to handle the role.

I'm starting to warm up to this next Star Trek film.


bettyscg said...

Since the cold war has been over for awhile, a young and sexy Naveen Andrews type would be kinda cool.

scifirantergirl said...

Naveen Andrews as Kirk? I don't see it.
You're gonna have to sell me on that.

bettyscg said...

Oh No! I agree. lol
I meant a Middle Eastern type person in Chekov’s role as navigator. He was perfect during the Cold War but I think Roddenberry wanted to unite people in conflict.

umberhaven said...

I think the role of Chekov has already been cast, and i think it's someone who is at least part Russian.

From the rumors I've read on the internet, the Star Trek movie is less of a re-boot than originally thought. It's going to involve time travel in some way, so the racial/ethnic origins of the characters will have to remain intact (entact, sp?).

It would also be fair, however, if a Latino/Hispanic had a part too, maybe a supporting role of an ensign or admiral. The main cast will already have a Scot, a Russian, a Japanese guy, an African woman (I think Uhura's history says she's from Africa, not from the Americas), and an alien. So, I think throwing in an Hispanic and/or Middle Easterner might make the movie look like the United Nations. On the other hand, that's part of the point of Star Trek, so there's nothing wrong with that.

Let's hope that time travel rumor is false. If they're going to do this, I'd rather them go full-fledged re-boot, ala Battlestar Galactica or Marvel's Ultimate comics line, than go the alternate timeline route. In fact, I'd like a re-booted Star Trek to be conservative with the time travel, as Babylon 5 was (only doing it once, spread over three episodes).

scifirantergirl said...

There's so much stuff floating around there that we can't listen to any of it. I'm just going to hope for the best on it.