Now that the full crew of the Enterprise has been cast in JJ Abrams Star Trek prequel/reboot, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the talent involved. The photo above is obviously photo-shopped (poorly in fact) by myself to show you what JJ Abrams’ on deck line-up may look like. Click on the photo to enlarge. Let’s take a look at thee new crew of the Starship Enterprise.
Captain James T. Kirk had a distinguished career in Starfleet Academy, becoming the first person to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test that stymied cadets for many decades. Whereas any situation would be met by the simulator’s overriding dictate that the cadet lose, Kirk won by rewriting the program to allow him to rescue the Kobayashi Maru’s crew. For this, he received a commendation for original thinking. Kirk became the youngest captain in Starfleet to date at 34.
Original Actor: William Shatner
New Actor: Chris Pine
Filmography: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Just My Luck, Blind Dating. Smokin’ Aces
Spock is one of the few aliens in the permanent cast: half-Vulcan, half-Human, and serves as the science officer and first officer of the USS Enterprise, under Captain James T. Kirk. His personal struggle between the Vulcan logical self and his human emotional self is the centerpiece of the character and created some evocative drama.
Original Actor: Leonard Nimoy
New Actor: Zachary Quinto
Filmography: Heroes, So noTORIous, 24
Sulu (first name: Hikaru) served as helmsman of the USS Enterprise, during which he held the rank of lieutenant.
Original Actor: George Takei
New Actor: John Cho
Filmography: American Pie, Better Luck Tomorrow, American Pie 2, American Wedding, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, In Good Company, American Dreamz, Smiley Face, Kitchen Confidential
Montgomery Scott, better known as “Scotty“, is the chief engineer of the Enterpise. He retains a reputation as a “miracle worker”, and is renowned for his technical skill, knowledge, determination and resolve.
Original Actor: James Montgomery Doohan
New Actor: Simon Pegg
Filmography: Shaun of the Dead, Mission: Impossible III, The Good Night, Hot Fuzz, Run Fatboy Run, Spaced
Pavel Chekov is a young and naÃ¯ve ensign who first appeared on-screen in The Original Series’ second season as the Enterprise’s navigator. The Russian Starfleet officer also substitutes for Mr. Spock at the science officer station when necessary.
Original Actor: Walter Koenig
New Actor: Anton Yelchin
Filmography: Charlie Bartlett, Alpha Dog, Hearts in Atlantis, Along Came a Spider, House of D, Huff
Nyota Uhura is from the United States of Africa and speaks Swahili. She joined the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2266 as a lieutenant, serving as chief communications officer under Captain James T. Kirk.
She is significant as one of the first major black characters on an American television series.
Original Actress: Nichelle Nichols
New Actress: Zoe Saldana
Filmography: Guess Who, The Terminal, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Drumline, Crossroads, Get Over It, Center Stage
Leonard McCoy, better known as “Bones“, is a physician of considerable skill, capable of successfully treating creatures whose physiologies he is unfamiliar with. He is suspicious of advanced technology, especially the transporter, which he regards with distrust and outright dismay, and occasionally is bigoted with regard to Spock’s half-Vulcan ancestry.
Original Actor: DeForest Kelley
New Actor: Karl Urban
Filmography: Pathfinder, Doom, The Bourne Supremacy, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Lord of the Rings, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Leonard Nimoy (age: 76) will return to play an older Spock, in some capacity. William Shatner (age: 76) is also expected to return as an older Kirk, although the studio and Shatner are both denying these claims.
Eric Bana is signed on to play a new Romulan villain named Nero
Filmography: Black Hawk Down, Hulk, Troy, Munich, Lucky You