Ron Perlman (Alien: Resurrection, television’s Beauty and the Beast) will appear in the role of “Viceroy” in Star Trek Nemesis, the fourth film to feature the Next Generation cast, Paramount Pictures announced last week. Tom Hardy (Black Hawk Down, television’s Band of Brothers) will play “Shinzon,” Paramount also reported.
Filming began in November 2001 on the tenth Trek film, which was written by John Logan (Gladiator). Stuart Baird (Executive Decision, US Marshals) is directing the movie. Nemesis is the first Trek movie for both Logan and Baird.
In yet another new entry into the Trek world, Digital Domain (Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) will produce the film’s special effects.
Despite the apparent shakeup in production crew, the film is still being produced by Rick Berman—who has been strongly accused by some fans over the years of mishandling the Trek franchise.
The entire main cast of the Next Generation has also signed on for Nemesis. Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me) will even reprise his role of Wesley Crusher for a brief appearance, his first in the film series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, other guest stars may include Kate Mulgrew, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Culp and Dina Meyer.
Expected to be released at the end of this year, Nemesis will end the longest interval between Trek movies since the film series began in 1979. The most recent installment, Star Trek: Insurrection, was released in 1998 to lackluster reviews and mediocre box office returns. Insurrection was written by Trek veterans Michael Piller and Rick Berman. It was directed by Jonathan Frakes, who portrays Commander William Riker and also helmed Star Trek: First Contact in 1996.
For Nemesis, thefilmfrontier.com will continue its policy of not releasing plot spoilers in advance of the US release of the film.