JJ Abrams' Star Trek sequel update
Two pieces of casting news for the upcoming Star Trek sequel, with one actor in, one actor out...
A couple of new stories to do with JJ Abrams' sequel to his Star Trek reboot have broken over the weekend, courtesy of the fine folks over at TrekMovie.
The first has come courtesy of a chat with Michael Dorn at the recent Phoenix Comic-Con. In it, Dorn confirmed that he had received a call from the casting team on the new film about a part in the new movie. "I don’t know what the role was", he said. "They called in November or December of last year and said 'hey, we would like to know if Michael is interested in playing a part of an officer – a soldier.' And we said 'yes'. Then time went by and we finally talked to them at maybe the end of January or February and they said they had changed their mind and that’s as far as it went".
Conceding that it was probably to do with them ultimately not wanting to mix the old cast with the new, Dorn does add that "it is nothing nefarious. Nothing mean. They changed their mind, so I don't worry about it". He did suggest that "it could have been the casting people going 'hey, this would be a good idea, and they shot it up the road to JJ and he said 'no'", but that's speculation on his part.
Either way, Michael Dorn's not appearing in the new film.
But someone who is? That'd be Jason Matthew Smith, who is reprising the role of Cupcake in the new movie. Cupcake is the character who ended up fighting Kirk in the bar early in the 2009 movie, and is a security office on board the Enterprise. It's unclear whether the role will be much bigger in the new movie, but we do know that Cupcake will still be on security detail.
More on the new Star Trek film as we get it.
Follow our Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here. And be our Facebook chum here.