Let’s beam down to the planet of Irresponsible Speculation for a short spell, shall we? IGN.com claims to know who’s on Paramount’s shortlist to play the leads in the forthcoming Star Trek XI, a prequel set during the young Kirk and Spock’s days at Starfleet Academy. According to IGN, Matt Damon (as long rumored) is the top choice to step into William Shatner’s boots to play Kirk, while the producers would like to see Adrien Brody in Leonard Nimoy’s role as the young Spock, and Gary Sinise (pictured, left) as Dr. McCoy, originally played by DeForest Kelley (at right). Also, IGN says, the filmmakers want Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim to play Sulu and James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland) to play Scotty.
Just so you know, EW reporters say Paramount is denying these casting rumors. Still, now that the studio has finally made an official announcement that Lost guru J.J. Abrams will be directing the film as well as writing and producing it, why not weigh in on casting? My two cents: Damon is too old to play a cadet Kirk (in fact, he’s older than Shatner was when he started playing the already-seasoned captain in the 1960s TV series). And McAvoy seems too young to play Scotty; if Paramount must have a Scottish actor, why not Ewan McGregor? (Remember, Scotty and McCoy clearly had a few years on Kirk.) I think the rest of the rumored choices, however, are great. How ‘bout y’all? Who would you cast in Star Trek: Muppet Babies?