Well, here they are. Left to right: Chekov, Kirk, Scotty, McCoy, Sulu, and Uhura. The photo was released with a number of other stills from JJ Abrams’ Star Trek prequel/reboot/whatever the heck it’s supposed to be.
I’ve talked about this before a few times and its run through a variety of rumours, including Matt Damon as Kirk and Gary Sinese as McCoy, but I think that was always just fan-casting.
This is what I think I know about the movie, so be mindful of spoilers herein: A bald, one-eared Romulan pirate named Nero wants to kill Captain Kirk through time travel but Spock hears about it so he goes back in time to help his younger self save his future friend and this brings us to the film’s setting: the original crew’s first adventure aboard the Enterprise. Wow, that actually sounds dumb now that I’ve typed it out.
Also, from what I gather, because of time travel affecting the course of history, the story in this new film will occur in a separate timeline so that the show’s original 40 year history is still intact. This, I think, will allow more films to be made that would normally contradict the show’s continuity, but would also ensure that “Spock’s Brain” never happened.
I still have reservations about the idea of recasting an entire cast for a franchise but it’s not without precedent – the Bond films have been doing it for decades. Still, my preference would have been something in a time period after the Picard years but who knows? Maybe if the movie is a hit, there could be a TV series.
The movie is to be released in May which will come at an interesting time for sci-fi. Battlestar Galactica will have just finished its series and, if the series thus far is anything to go by, it’ll be bleak. Watchmen, with its dark take on the superhero genre will have been released in March and at Christmas, the adaptation of the post-apocalyptic The Road will hit theatres. That’s a lot of downer material right there.
I wonder if a throwback to the optimistic age of sci-fi will be a hit. I hope so. I don’t think it’s necessarily naive to think, or at least hope, that the future will be better than our present.