Yes, that's right folks: Simon Pegg has been cast as Scotty in JJ Abrams' Star Trek movie! The cast for this film keeps getting better and better. In addition to the news about Pegg, John Cho (Harold, from Harold and Kumar) has landed the role of Sulu, the Enterprise's helmsman. And as we already learned, the super cute Zachary Quinto was given the role of Spock.
I'm not even much of a Star Trek fan but I'm very excited for this project, just based on the cast alone. When it comes to real Trekkies, it sounds like many of them are cautiously hopeful about the Abrams project, according to a recent LA Times article. The true-blue fans of the old TV series are understandably wary of someone trying to make a new Star Trek movie both respectful to the series' origins as well as appealing enough to non-Trekkies to be successful.
But Abrams is apparently invested in making the movie satisfying for die-hard fans and many Trekkies seem to be comforted by some of the project's details: "the movie will be about the earliest adventures of the original series characters; it's said to be 'Spock-centric'; at least one of the writers is a genuine Trek fan himself; Leonard Nimoy will be involved."
The time and care Abrams and Co. seem to be taking with this movie is reassuring. And besides, they still have until December 2008 to make this the perfect Star Trek film.