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Leonard Nimoy in STAR TREK XI

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     July 10, 2007
Source: ShatnerVision


Leonard Nimoy and constant co-star William Shatner remember the good ol' STAR TREK days in the documentary MIND MELD
© Paramount Pictures

William Shatner appeared on Live Video to talk STAR TREK XI which is being directed by JJ Abrams. He revealed a conversation he had with an inside source for the project stating that Leonard Nimoy (Spock) will indeed be appearing in the next installment of the STAR TREK franchise. The strangest part of this casting revelation is...William Shatner is "not" going to be in it.

To watch Shatner talk about it, click here.

The next installment for Paramount hits theaters on December 28, 2008.

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scoxocs 7/10/2007 5:05:27 AM
We shall see. I wonder if Nimoy will be playing Spock. Perhaps he's got a stunt cameo in another role. But I say to JJ, if Shatner wants in what would be the harm of giving him a cameo as well. It would be a great nod to the fans, and let them know that this is a real Star Trek film and not a new continuity.
Flat 7/10/2007 5:36:51 AM
This Star Trek XI "news" changes every day with no regard for what was reported as "news" before it. I thought it was already confirmed Shatner and Nimoy would both be in it...? Anyway, if they want my $8 all they have to give me is those two guys. They can be in their Star Fleet uniforms acting out a script in Shatner's living room with '60s-style special effects for all I care. Those two guys (and the late DeForest Kelley) are and have always been the important element.
Flat 7/10/2007 5:38:56 AM
This Star Trek XI "news" changes every day with no regard for what was reported as "news" before it. I thought it was already confirmed Shatner and Nimoy would both be in it...? Anyway, if they want my $8 all they have to give me is those two guys. They can be in their Star Fleet uniforms acting out a script in Shatner's living room with '60s-style special effects for all I care. Those two guys (and the late DeForest Kelley) are and have always been the important element.
PopeyesBitch 7/10/2007 6:06:51 AM
Wow! First, the STAR TREK movie franchise was supposed to be a "transition" from ST: Next Generation to ST: Deep Space Nine...Dropped. Then, supposedly...The next Star Trek movie was to be something of "resurrecting James T. Kirk" (a la Star Trek 3: Search For Spock-style), including BOTH cast of the old ST series and the TNG series...That too, dropped. Third, the ST movie was supposed to be based on the origins of Starfleet Academy with a whole new crew and spaceship...That too, met its demise. Now, supposedly, this ST movie takes place in the early days of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the crew members...And, Matt Damon might have played the young (middle-age, really) James T. Kirk....What's going on, now? I guess J.J. Abrams and Paramount knows what they're doing, besides, it be nice to have a Star Trek movie out for the holidays...If the movie ever gets made.
Whiskeymovie 7/10/2007 6:32:32 AM
I have faith in JJ Abhrams, but I still think they should have got Joss Whedon todo this. After Serenity, he seems to have a huge grasp on how to make good sci-fi. I really don't care if Shatner or Nimoy make a cameo. It would be cool, but has no bearing on rebooting a franchise. That would be like Michael Keaton having a cameo in Batman Begins.
wessmith1966 7/10/2007 7:19:19 AM
I'm a Star Trek fan, and I've made my feelings well known on this site about my ideas for a new Trek film. I thought about this recently when some friends were talking about Pixar's movies... I think the problem with Star Trek is that everyone wants to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy. The Undiscovered Country, the last movie for the "big three" made $175 million worldwide 16 years ago. Inflate those numbers to today's ticket prices and you've got a huge hit on your hands. The Next Generation movies went downhill quickly, because although they were Star Trek movies with a cast we all came to accept, they didn't have Kirk, Spock and McCoy together. DeForest Kelley is no longer with us, and William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are just too old to play the roles anymore and make them believable for more than just cameos, but their voices are just fine. Kelley's voice could be sampled or digitized and recreated. So, get Diane Duane (my favorite Trek novelist) to write a great Star Trek adventure and have it scripted into a movie for Pixar. Pixar could recreate the Star Trek universe in an animated format. Just imagine what they could do! Star Trek fans, Pixar Fans and movie fans in general would just flock to the theaters to see a Pixar Star Trek film. Digitize, sample, or get good voice actors for the characters no longer with us and have the entire original cast involved. It would be an all CG movie, so there could be amazing planets, out of this world (no pun intended) aliens and fantastic space battles. And, you can't tell me that Pixar's animation gurus wouldn't love to get their hands on a project like this! I think you'd be guaranteed Pixar's biggest hit yet!
nax37 7/10/2007 7:32:17 AM
The Undiscovered Country made $96,888,996 worldwide (http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=startrek6.htm) I don't really think Kirk and Spock are needed for a successful Star Trek movie. Animated probably wouldn't work unless they made it more kid friendly, but then it'd be a crappy kid's Star Trek movie. Can you think of a very successful animated movie that wasn't geared towards kids? I think the whole Star Trek concept lends itself to TV better than movies. Create a new ship with a cast of new and old characters set after Nemesis.
bluetiger 7/10/2007 8:28:12 AM
I dont think the the TNG movies fialed becuase people didint care about the cast or the lack of Kirk, Spock, & Mccoy. I think those movies went downhill because the plots for them were so uninspired and insipid. Trek movies are supposed to be epic in scale but the TNG movies (with the exception of First Contact) were almost like very long tv episodes. Insurrection in particular was paced very slowly and turned many people off, and i think was a big reason why many people didnt bother to go out and see Nemesis. Anyway getting back on track, Rather than a star trek movie i think they should have concentrated on doing a DS9 tv miniseries to celebrate Star Trek's Anniversary but what's done is done. If the new movie by JJ Abrams is going to be a young Kirk and Spock movie then it doesnt make sense to have Nimoy guest appear but not have Shatner--pay him what he wants (i bet you it's a money dispute) and let's get this darn movie made already!!
nax37 7/10/2007 8:38:08 AM
I hate the idea of a Kirk and Spock prequel. Whatever the threat... it'll just feel like it doesn't matter. There's no danger to the characters, obviously they can't even pretend to kill them off in a prequel. The whole thing just seems like a waste to me.
monkeyfoot 7/10/2007 9:19:08 AM
I'm thinking that Nimoy's part in the new film might be as Sarek, father to the new Spock. From all the items I've read the new Star Trek by Abrams is a re-boot or re-imagining or whatever the new term is for starting something over. He intends to re-do the original series from the ground up which would mean they wouldn't neccessarily have to follow continuity strictly if it interferes with a good story. Having Nimoy play Spock's father would probably be a nice homage to the original then they would move on from there. I read how one of the writers said they've even had discussions on simple things like the communicator. Should they change it or not? Back in the '60s a little pocket sized device that you could talk with people from thousands of miles away was incredible. But now I can safely say most of us have a similar piece of tech strapped to our side now. Whatever they do let's hope they do it well.
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