Found these a few moments ago, and I just had to blog about it: photos from the new Star Trek movie!
If you don't already know it, the movie is a re-imagining of The Original Series, casting young actors in the roles of the original crew. And here are first views of the cast.
In my book, the hands-down winner for capturing the essence of the original actor is Karl Urban, essaying the role of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy. It's the hair, it's the lines on the face; Karl Urban does justice to DeForest Kelly, and how. It's hard to believe this is the same guy who played warrior roles in LOTR and Pathfinder!
I must say, Simon Pegg -- of "Shaun of the Dead" fame -- looks pretty good as Scotty; and does Zoe Saldana is pretty hot. John Cho looks adequate as Sulu, but I can't quite shake his "Harold" persona. The guy playing Chekhov? I'll withhold judgment until I hear him say "Keptin! Enemy wessel approaching!"
But Kirk! That's Chris Pine, the guy in the black shirt. I actually thought he was J.J. Abrams, the director. Not till I read the descriptions did I figure he was the guy playing Kirk. The black uniform threw me off. He doesn't quite have the cocky look that Shatner had. Where's the vaunted "Kirk Equator"?!
Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a Viking-Indian warrior! Hmmm...hold on...something's off here. Wait! I got it! In this photo it's more believable that Bones could actually whup Kirk's @$$.
I think you're special... That's Zachary Quinto, who plays Sylar in "Heroes", essaying the role of Mr. Spock. From this angle, though, he looks like he's still channeling Sylar.
Okay, much better. Maybe. Or not. Snigger.
Pictures lifted from here and here.