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Cho and Pegg Board 'Star Trek' Feature

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John Cho

Korean-born actor John Cho of "Harold & Kumar" fame has been cast as Sulu in the new "Star Trek" feature, playing a role immortalized by Japanese-American actor George Takei. Additionally, Briton Simon Pegg, of "Shaun of the Dead" fame, has boarded the Paramount project as Scotty, the ship's Scottish chief engineer.

The 'Trek' casting deals appear to be closing at warp speed this week, with Eric Bana signing on to play the movie's villain, Nero. "Mission: Impossible 3's" J.J. Abrams is directing. The movie is expected to shoot from November to March.

Already on board are Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Anton Yelchin as a young Chekov, the Russian-born navigator, as well as Zachary Quinto as a young Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of Spock, is on board as well. Chris Pine is in talks to play the young Kirk.

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Simon Pegg

Plot details are begin kept under wraps, but it is understood that the movie chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew. The lead roles remaining to be cast are Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Enterprise, and Kirk's parents.

Lt. Hikaru Sulu, known for his love of fencing, always was seen on deck piloting the ship next to Chekov. Takei played the character in the 1960s TV series and the 1980s movies. Cho starred as Harold in the cult hit, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." He is reprising the role for the sequel.

Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott was the ship's third-in-command and was known for his problem-solving abilities in plot-critical situations. The role was originated by James Doohan, who died in 2005.

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Casting Complete For 'Star Trek' Feature

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Chris Pine

As previewed last week, Chris Pine of "Just My Luck" and "Smokin' Aces" fame, has signed on to play James Tiberius Kirk in J.J. Abrams' increasingly anticipated "Star Trek" feature film. The future Enterprise crew is now complete, with the further addition of "The Lord of the Rings" Actor Karl Urban as Leonard 'Bones/I'm a Doctor, Not a Bricklayer' McCoy.

With shooting to begin next month, now they just need a script that sings and uniforms that aren't, like, absolutely goofy.

Cast

(in alphabetical order)

Eric Bana . . . Nero

John Cho . . . Sulu

Leonard Nimoy . . . Mr. Spock

Simon Pegg . . . Scotty

Chris Pine . . . Kirk

Zachary Quinto . . . Younger Spock

Zoe Saldana . . . Nyota Uhura

Karl Urban . . . Leonard 'Bones' McCoy

Mike Vogel . . . (rumored)

Anton Yelchin . . . Pavel Chekov

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Shatner's Kirk Not Aboard for New 'Trek'

by David Germain

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William Shatner

LOS ANGELES, California -- The original Capt. Kirk is disheartened he won't get to boldly go anywhere with his old pal Spock in the new "Star Trek" movie. While Leonard Nimoy is reprising his role as the pointy-eared Vulcan in next year's science-fiction flick, William Shatner is not on board as Kirk.

"I couldn't believe it. I'm not in the movie at all. Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me," Shatner, 76, said. "I thought, what a decision to make, since it obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box office. It didn't seem to be a wise business decision."

Director J.J. Abrams announced last summer that Nimoy would reprise the role he originated opposite Shatner in the 1960s television show and played again in six big-screen adventures. Abrams said Shatner probably would have a part in the film, which is due in theaters in December 2008. But while Shatner said he had a couple of meetings with Abrams, nothing came of it.

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William Shatner as Kirk in 'Star Trek'

Abrams' 'Trek' film, whose plot is being kept under wraps by distributor Paramount, recounts an early adventure for the crew of the starship Enterprise, with Chris Pines as the young Kirk and Zachary Quinto as the young Spock.

The cast includes Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Simon Pegg as engineer Scott, John Cho as helmsman Sulu, Zoe Saldana as communications officer Uhura and Anton Yelchin as navigator Chekov, roles respectively originated by DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig.

Past 'Trek' films presented an obstacle to the revival of Shatner's Kirk, who died at the end of 1994's "Star Trek: Generations." But in science fiction, you can never truly say die.

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William Shatner as Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in

the early Sci-Fi television series, 'Star Trek'

Spock was killed off in 1982's "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" and then resurrected in 1984's "Star Trek: The Search for Spock." Nimoy's Vulcan lived on to co-star in three more films, two episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and now Abrams' new movie.

"I've got a lot to do," said Shatner, whose current work includes the TV show, "Boston Legal," narration for the Christmas spoof, "Stalking Santa," due on DVD on November 6 and the prequel, "Star Trek: Academy

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Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, TODAYS NEWS: OUR TAKE

Ghuy'Cha'! J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Bumped to 2009!

Variety reports that Paramount is pushing back the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek from Dec. 25 of this year to May 8, 2009. We guess the studio wants to capitalize off the huge buzz that their casting news and trailers have received by letting fans stew in their geek juices a bit longer. Oh, we're stewing.

Officially, the switcheroo was attributed to the studio's release calendar, and now Star Trek has no competition in its new slot

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The new trailer is out...and it's awesome! Can't wait!

Here's a link (it's trailer #2 and it may take a while to load so be patient-it's worth it):

New Star Wars Trailer

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