Star Trek XI movie news roundup, 11/11/2007

Filming began November 7 on Star Trek, the eleventh movie in the series. Two important casting decisions also made Star Trek XI news last week.

Bruce Greenwood will appear as Christopher Pike, who commanded the Enterprise prior to Kirk. Greenwood’s previous films include I, Robot and Thirteen Days.

Jeffrey Hunter first played Pike in “The Cage,” Star Trek‘s original pilot. Sean Kenney played a crippled Pike in “The Menagerie,” which also incorporated Hunter’s footage. Star Trek: The Menagerie, the remastered version of the two-part episode, hits theaters this week for a limited engagement.

Compared to Hunter, I am not sure Greenwood has the right fire in his eyes to play Pike. Every time I watch 1994’s Clear & Present Danger, I always think Henry Czerny would make a great Pike.

Playing Spock’s human mother, Amanda, is Winona Ryder. Ryder’s many films include Mr. Deeds, Alien Resurrection, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, and Beetle Juice.

Jane Wyatt originated the role of Amanda in the 1967 episode “Journey to Babel.” She reprised the part nearly twenty years later in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Title (Tentative)
Star Trek

Cast
Kirk: Chris Pine
McCoy: Karl Urban
Scott: Simon Pegg
Uhura: Zoë Saldana
Chekov: Anton Yelchin
Sulu: John Cho
Nero: Eric Bana
Pike: Bruce Greenwood
Amanda: Winona Ryder

And as Spock
Leonard Nimoy
Zachary Quinto

Visual effects by
Industrial Light & Magic

Producers
JJ Abrams
Damon Lindelof

Executive Producers
Bryan Burk
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci

Written by
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci

Based on “Star Trek,” created by
Gene Roddenberry

Director
JJ Abrams

Posters
Teaser Poster #1 (StarTrek.com)
Teaser Poster #2 (StarTrek.com)

Scheduled release date (US)
December 25, 2008