Star Trek Casting: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Eric Bana as the Villain

October 10, 2007
Source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter

Star Trek

Finally some major updates in regards to the casting on J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek XI. Eric Bana as the movie's villain named Nero has been confirmed, but the casting on Captain Kirk has not. Reports state that Chris Pine (Just My Luck, Smokin' Aces) is "in talks" to star as Captain Kirk, but scheduling conflicts mean he's not confirmed. Paramount and Abrams are set on Pine, but he's got to choose between Star Trek or White Jazz. What does the line-up on the bridge of the USS Enterprise look like now?

Out of the primary cast aboard the Enterprise, we're still missing Bones, Scotty, and Sulu. It's starting to come together and damn is it starting to look good. Early on Matt Damon was rumored to be cast as Kirk, but obviously that was just a big rumor. Although Abrams had for a long time expressed interest in casting a major star in the role, it looks like Chris Pine is who he ended up with.

Star Trek XI Casting

As for details on Eric Bana and his role as Nero, nothing has been stated. Not even a character description has been provided and all that's known is his name. The film is aiming to start production in November and go through March. If Chris Pine decides to take the other offer, Paramount will be ready, as they're already working on backup actors to fill his role.

How do you think this Star Trek coming along? I can tell you one thing for sure, they're trying to make this epic as hell. No Nemesis, this is all about a new cast, a new story, and getting every last person off their asses and in theaters to see in when it hits next December 25th, 2008. It's going to be epic and I know J.J. Abrams is going to deliver.

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