There is a rumor running the web that Russell Crowe will play a Klingon in the upcoming JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. Frankly I think this is far fetched but considering we also had rumors that Tom Cruise would play Kirk this one isnt near as far fetched as that. The rumor comes from IGN via FilmStalker
JJ Abrams told Star Trek Magazine that indeed, the upcoming Star Trek XI Movie will be about Captain Kirk. Will William Shatner play a role? Will be he the Kirk? Franky I think its unlikely. Hard to relaunch a series that way. Still no word on a plot at all at this point. "Star Trek,â€ one of the most popular and successful franchises in the history of movies and television, returns to the big screen under the creative vision of J.J. Abrams, the force behind "Lost,â€ "Aliasâ€ and "Mission Impossible IIIâ€ for Paramount Pictures.
The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (â€˜Mission Impossible IIIâ€) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. JJ Abrams and "Lostâ€ co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film will begin shooting this fall for a Christmas Day 2008 release.
One of the most popular film and television franchises of all time, "Star Trekâ€ has encompassed 726 total episodes for television in six different series, beginning with the original 1966-1969 series created by Gene Roddenberry. The 10 "Star Trekâ€ films have grossed in excess of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The original characters have been named among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time and the Enterprise has lent its name to two proposed spacecrafts.
"If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen,â€ said Abrams. "Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone -- life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."
Brad Grey, chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures, said, "We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the â€˜Star Trekâ€™ franchise is an important part of Paramountâ€™s turnaround.â€