Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Green-skinned to Green-blooded

The news on the latest big screen Star Trek production has slowed to a crawl since the announcement awhile ago that both Leonard Nimoy and Heroes' Zachary Quinto would be playing Spock. Yeah, there came word that that the roles of Chekov and Uhura had been filled, and that auditions are ongoing for the part of Scotty, but nothing big casting-wise has come out until yesterday's word that the villain has been cast, and they're this close to having the 2008 issue Captain Kirk signed and delivered.

Playing the villainous Nero is Aussie actor Eric Bana, late of Marvel's Hulk movie franchise and last seen in May's blink-and-it's-gone Lucky You. While we don't know a whole lot about the plot, indications are that Bana's character is a time traveling Romulan (the green-blooded, pointy-eared cousins of Mr. Spock's Vulcan race) out to do no good by mucking with the timeline of Trek standbys Kirk and Spock.

Next up is actor Chris Pine, whose dubious claim to fame up to this point is playing himbo to Lindsay Lohan in last year's floptastic Just My Luck (maybe these guys should just stay away from movies whose titles involve the word "luck"...). Pine is in negotiations to suit up as James Tiberius. Not having seen him in anything up to this point, I can't say anything about the guy's acting abilities, but if he has director JJ Abrams' confidence, that goes a long way with me.

More, of course, as it develops.

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