There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:
The leading actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.
There were the weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars. These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.
But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast. Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do. But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.
Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:
While we certainly don’t want to alarm any fans, we do want to let them know that Nichelle Nichols, who famously played Lt. Uhura in Star TrekThe Original Series on television and in the movies, has suffered a mild stroke and is currently undergoing testing to determine the severity of the attack. Here’s what we know so far. (more…)
Does it feel as if there’s been an explosion of Star Trek Into Darkness promotional material? It was quiet for so long with only a teaser or maybe an international trailer, and now, BOOM! There’s clips, viral videos, featurettes; you name it there’s one promoting Into Darkness. Today’s latest is another of the “Disruption” viral videos from John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) in where he examines communications officer, Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana). And more importantly, the video provides our very first look at the new design of the Klingons,
Did you catch it? If not, hit the jump for a screencap providing a better, clearer look at the unmasked Klingon,
A lot of the pre-release hate about Star Trek Into Darkness has been directed at the film’s ominous title. How can the film maintain Gene Roddenberry‘s vision of a hopeful, peaceful future when the second film in the rebooted franchise is going to take us “into darkness?”
Well co-screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman took a minute to respond to that very question in a new interview with Star Trek Magazine (which comes to us via Blastr). Apparently, the duo took their inspiration from the film’s villain, John Harrison played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
“He understands Starfleet because he was enlisted in a similar way,” says Orci. “Some might see part of the title coming from the fact that he’s kind of a dark shadow of members of our crew. He too has gone through the process… that some of our crew have gone though, and clearly for some reason it’s failed to bring him over, so I think he represents that part of our heroes.”
As for how Roddenberry, “The Great Bird of the Galaxy,” would feel about these latest developments, Kurtzman says that they had him in mind as he, Orci and Damon Lindelof tapped out the script. “Despite the fact that we are literally going into darkness, I think we all worked very hard to make sure the theme of hope, what hope costs, and what it’s really about, was always alive in how we were designing our story,” he said. “So we’re pretty consistent with the last movie in terms of dark things happening. But holding on to the light that Roddenberry set up as a basic tenet of the ‘Star Trek’ universe.”
In other news, we have a release date for the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack, the film’s score by regular J.J. Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino. According to distributor Varese Sarabande (and out friends at Comic Book Movie), the Into Darkness disc will be released three days before the movie on May 14. No track listing or music samples have been released yet, but I have to admit I’m looking forward to it, the music, to me, was one of the best parts of Abrams’ first Trek.
And speaking of previews, TrekWeb has a couple of new images from the film, one of Spock and Uhura looking at – something- above and one of Peter Weller, in the reported role of Admiral Marcus, below. Anyone else getting a Star Trek: The Motion Picture vibe from those new uniforms?
Finally, the extended preview of Into Darkness that aired during The Walking Dead finale on Sunday has appeared online. If you missed it, or if you want to see it again, it’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Trek Movie has some new set photos from Star Trek 2 and while they’re not as thrilling as when we saw Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch fighting, they do offer some interesting insight. From what we can see here of John Cho and Zoe Saldana under their mandatory-to-be-worn-at-all-times Bad Robot parkas are grey suits with black boots, not the bright colors and short hemlines we’ve come to expect.
Last week it would have been pretty hard to search any of your usual movie or nerd culture blogs and not catch a peek at leaked set photos from Star Trek 2. Seriously, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s twisted, screaming face was all over the net. Which really isn’t all that unusual, except these photos might have spoiled a rather climatic moment from J.J. Abram‘s Star Trek sequel and to put it nicely, he’s pissed.
The photos in question feature Zachary Quinto as Spock pulling the ‘ole Vulcan nerve pinch on Cumberbatch, who has long be rumored as the movie’s villain and these photos, well, they don’t do much to disprove the rumor. Also seen is Zoe Saldana (Uhura) holding Cumberbatch at gun, sorry, phaser point. Obviously, he’s done something to get on their bad side. Other than that there’s a lot of green screen and generic, futuristic set pieces. So, have you really been spoiled?
Maybe, but no more so than any other fan who’s constantly checking up on rumors and set reports, and I’m guessing those are majority of people who saw the photos. But, I’m also going to guess that doesn’t matter to J.J. Saldana spoke to MTV about the leak,
J.J. was very upset. I have to say that. It’s not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it’s such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise.
Personally, I don’t feel too much surprise has been stolen. If anything these photos only make me more excited for the picture’s final release. You can’t judge a finished film by a few leaked photos. But maybe that’s just me. Quinto in a separate interview said,
The cameras weren’t even rolling, so … imagine what it’ll look like when we’re actually doing it. That happens, I guess. We’re on incredibly big set pieces in the middle of somewhere and people sort of got wind of it.
See! Now they’re obligated to make their finished product even more spectacular! Which, I didn’t really have any fear they weren’t going to do anyway.
So don’t get mad, J.J. I know this might seem to you, a set back, but I think it’s a marvelous opportunity to keep hitting us with misdirecting rumors. For instance, Quinto and Cumberbatch aren’t fighting, it’s a neck massage. And of course Uhura’s pissed, she’s yelling at Cumberbatch to, “Get away from my man!” as she points that phaser at him. Sadly, what she doesn’t know is Spock and Cumbervillain have fallen in love.
Okay, that frighteningly started to sway towards terrible fanfiction writing. I’m sorry.
Anyway, what do you think about leaked photos and video from sets? Do they spoil the movie for you or do they play an important role in the hype-building machine for a flick?
While doing press for her recent flick, The Words, Zoe Saldana answered questions about a far more important project she has coming up, Star Trek 2. She chatted with Vulture about a bunch of things including the Spock/Uhura relationship and how excited she is to work with J.J. Abrams again. Saldana is really pumped to return as Uhura,
The film came out in 2009, we shot it in ‘07, and now it’s 2012. So yeah, around last year, I was like, ‘Come on, come on already,’ because I had such a wonderful time working with J.J. and the cast and doing science fiction, which is my biggest passion and my preference as an audience and as a reader, too. But when you’re around J.J. and you’re around [Avatar director] Jim Cameron, you sense that there’s this absolute consciousness that if they don’t focus on the quality of what they do, then their formula’s not going to work. That’s the one thing they have in common; they’re amazing storytellers, so J.J. probably would have fought for the time that he needed for the sequel.
What of the burgeoning relationship with Mr. Spock?
All I’m going to say is, if you put all the time and energy and wit into setting these two characters together in the first movie and didn’t follow through, it would be a shame.
The real shame is the lack of details, Zoe.
During the press junket she also talked with IndieWire. They just skipped the bullshit asking, “What lies can you tell me about the Star Trek sequel?”
It’s going to be boring. There’s no conflict between Kirk and Spock, they agree on everything! They’re beer buddies. And there are no bad guys. We’re just cruising in space.
While she is cagey with the details as least we know she’s excited to start again,
It’s wonderful because I’ve been dying to work with the cast again, to work with JJ. I love him so much. He’s such an amazing human being and such an amazing storyteller and a great director, so what more can I ask for? I start the year and I’m literally going back to a very familiar environment and being a part of a great story.
Production’s been happening for a few weeks now so hopefully soon we’ll be able to share some leaked set photos or a report, or anything, really. I’m dying for any news of Star Trek 2, what about you?