According to an article in the Daily Variety, the new film will be a prequel to the original Star Trek series, featuring younger versions of characters like James T. Kirk and Spock. The movie will chronicle events such as their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first mission into outer space.
Trekweb has a report that's being discussed several places, that Matt Damon is being looked at to play the young Captain Kirk. Personally I think he's a bit long in the tooth to play a school kid at the academy. Supposedly Damon even talked to William Shatner about the part and is excited, if reports can be believed. Trekweb reports:
Will MATT DAMON get beamed up? Could happen. I'm told J.J. ABRAMS is very interested in casting the Oscar-winning Damon as a young Captain Kirk in the upcoming 'Star Trek' movie that he's directing and producing. He's so interested that he's apparently already sought support from the original Kirk, WILLIAM SHATNER. "Shatner gave his blessing," my source says. "J.J. got his approval." Damon first popped up in Trekkie circles as soon as the Abrams-'Star Trek' deal was announced. Rumor had it that the new movie would center on Kirk and Spock's early days at a space academy. "J.J. wants Damon as Capt. Kirk," my source reports. "He really loves the idea."
Let me guess...Affleck as Spock....From the Trekweb blog, these comments:
can..not.. con...tain... joy. this is too good to be true so many loves combining into one.
to 100% completely nerd out, i also have to add that i think wesley crusher was the hottest thing since shatner, but matt damon will obviously blow him away.
Did you put this picture up just to show his teeth. Look at that toothy grin. Goober. They are nice and white, pretty uniform, but those front two have a bit of a wierd angle to them. However, I wouldn't kick those teeth out of bed.
Will MATT DAMON get beamed up? Could happen. I'm told J.J. ABRAMS is very interested in casting the Oscar-winning Damon as a young Captain Kirk in the upcoming 'Star Trek' movie that he's directing and producing. He's so interested that he's apparently already sought support from the original Kirk, WILLIAM SHATNER.Well, I can see a physical resemblence between the two actors (Matt Damon and William Shatner) and Damon is a much stronger choice (acting wise) than his evil twin, Ben (Just Call Me 'Todd') Affleck. Now, here's hoping they sign Michael Richards to play a young, socially awkward, Mr. Spock.
-by Von Bruno
Shater defines the Kirk role. Every Captain after him has been a very pale imitation. No one has really pulled off the role (although Sisko came close).
Vulnerability. Charm. Pigheadedness. Hamming it up. Defending his friends till the ends of the universe. Physically beating up every powerful bad guy ( no matter how strong they were). Outwitting computers. Loving women.
He's the only one who could do it all. Picard was far too serious. The only contemporary analogy we have for captains are sea faring captains ( and so much of the Star Trek model is based on the sea faring tradition , including Roddenberry's original vision of Hornblower analogies.). And anyone with even modest experience there can tell you the Captains resemble Kirk far more than they do Picard or the buttoned up personality-free, vanilla successors. Flaws, warts and all- no human is free of them (except for the hokey Captains written into subsequent series).
Anyway, you cant put another actor in for Kirk, no matter how talented. You are better off putting in a new Captain and make him the vanilla-Captain-of-the-week who has all the Starfleet regulations memorized and never does anything wrong (like screw a woman on his ship). That way atleast you wont hurt the franchise- even though you wont do anything to further it.
On the other hand, you could introduce a new Captain who is such a rogue that he makes Kirk look like a saint. I think that would infuse some new personality and energy into the franchise and dispense with the 'holier than thou' Federation gospel. It's hard to see how in a universe full of aliens willing to slaughter you on sight you would remain boy scouts.
I feel the same way about Matt Damon as Parker and Stone do. It will probably be the only Trek film I won't see as I would rather read a bad Trek paperback than try to suspend the amount of disbelief I would have while watching Damon try to be a young Kirk.
Oh dear, I guess this pretty much confirms the rumor that Trek XI will in fact be the Starfleet Academy concept Harve Bennett and Rick Berman were pushing. I was hoping Abrams' rather ambiguous comments on this opened the door for this to be something else.
I still say doing a prequel like this is gonna be a huge miscalculation....
Damon as Kirk? Meh. Then again, I'm of the opinion no one will satisfy the masses in the role. And if you think this is bad, wait till they start casting Spock ...
-by SB2004Where's the confirmation? Matt Damon is 36. He's far too old to be an academy cadet.
Oh dear, I guess this pretty much confirms the rumor that Trek XI will in fact be the Starfleet Academy concept Harve Bennett and Rick Berman were pushing.
I'm of the opinion no one will satisfy the masses in the role.How many people are in the 'masses'?
There were those who believed no one could replace Sean Connery as James Bond. And 40+ years later that franchise is alive and well.
People want to be entertained, no matter who occupies the roles of iconic characters. I am of the belief that people understand that this is just a movie and these are just actors and an actor will play a role once occupied by another actor. It's all about being entertained and willing to accept that when a theater swipes your credit card for admission.
-by Capricorn Two
This doesn't make sense. Captain Kirk was in his early thirties by the time he got command of the Enterprise. Matt Damon is already in his late thirties. How can he pass as a college aged cadet?
Also, if this is purported to be about Kirk and Spock during their academy years, that too, doesn't make sense. If you look at the time line, Spock is considerably older than Kirk. He was serving under Captain Pike around the time Kirk was academy age.
Just an observation.
-by Captain Chris
Well duh, what man wouldn't "love" the idea of Matt Damon playing a younger version of himself?
That's right up there with, "Oh, we're fresh out of five dollar bills. Guess I'll have to give you a twenties in change. Do you mind?"