Star Trek XI Casting Updates: Yelchin is Chekov, Quinto is Spock
Announced a couple weeks back at the San Diego Comic-Con was the news that "Heroes" star Zach Quinto had been cast as Spock in the upcoming Star Trek XI. The film, to be directed by one of Hollywood's hottest at the moment - J.J. Abrams - is quickly building massive amounts of buzz far out from its December 2008 release. Today's announcement is another important casting one: 18 year old Anton Yelchin will play Russian crew member Pavel Chekov.
Although plot details are still being kept secret, Chekov is the Russian-born navigator of the USS Enterprise. Yelchin himself is Russian born as well, although his performances have always been very American. The story line of Star Trek XI chronicles the early years of the Enterprise crew during their time at Starfleet Academy, hence why the younger actors are being chosen for the roles.
Above are the roles cast so far in comparison to the original actors. From left to right: Zach Quinto / Spock, Anton Yelchin / Chekov, and Captain Kirk. Out of the three shown above, Captain James T. Kirk is the only one that still hasn't been cast yet. In the original series, Chekov was played by Walter Koenig and is a key member of the Enterprise crew.
Just like Zack Snyder with Watchmen, I think J.J. Abrams is the perfect choice for Star Trek XI and so far he's proven that by casting two roles correctly. I'm not a stickler for choosing the wrong actor, but I will say I'm quite impressed. Now he's just got a few very big ones left, including Kirk, that he needs to cast as well. Until then stay tuned for more Star Trek XI updates as they hit.
I'm skeptical. The idea of retro-Trek didn't appeal to me with Enterprise, but done right I guess it could be very good. The TNG episode 'Tapestry', with Picard exploring his Starfleet Academy days, showed how it could be interesting - don't worry, I'm not that much of a Trek-head :p Wonder who they'll find to fill Kirk's boots. Maybe the audition will be who does the best "Evil Kirk" 🙂
Mark on Aug 8, 2007
Oh...um checkov is russian and this kid just doesnt look the part to me. He better do the accent right.
Heckle on Aug 8, 2007
Ethan on Aug 8, 2007
I still say Nathan Fillion for Kirk, and not simply because I'm a geek that misses Firefly. He could pull off a younger Kirk and has the chops raise the movie to the next level.
andy on Aug 9, 2007
Nathan Fillion as Kirk! He is the only actor who feels right to me.. he is cocky, heroic and he's head honch with the ladies. I don't care if he's six years too old for the role... CAST HIM AS KIRK TODAY J.J.!!!!!!!!!! If you don't you are out of your vulcan mind!!!!!
Jzopo Pico on Aug 22, 2007
Nathan Fillion, without a doubt! He has the look, the chops, and chicks dig him! Yes, I mourn the early passing of the phenomenon that was Firefly, but if you can't immediately imagine him as a perfect fit for a younger Kirk, I suggest rewatching Firefly until inspiration strikes (and strike it will!). No brainer.
CiscoInstructor on Oct 8, 2007
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