George Takei: No More Cameos From the Original Star Trek In the New Movies
The Final Frontier
Besides the fact alone that it was a great movie with a great cast and a great story, one of the things that gave J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek that extra dose of credibility was the appearance of the original Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, reprising his role from the original series. Now that Abrams is working on its sequel, fans have been wondering if a similar storyline will be involved and we’ll see another cameo from another cast member from the original series. But the original Sulu, George Takei, doesn’t seem to think this is the case, saying that there has been a “policy decision” not to do that anymore.
But what about from the another Star Trek series?
Geek Wire, reporting from Emerald City Comicon, caught up with Takei, who had just pulled his own April Fool’s fast one on everyone by announcing he was starring in a new Trek movie called Excelsior. But the truth is that Takei was told that there isn’t really a place for him in the new Abrams franchise:
Leonard (Nimoy) made a cameo in the first one, and I thought they would include the still-living one of us in the subsequent ones, but I think they made a policy decision they’re going to try to get away from that confusion, and the story track of bringing an old ancient Spock back.
So they don’t have any cameos for any of us in the next one, and from what I understand, should there be another J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie (beyond the one currently being filmed), it will be without any of us.
Takei also said that he couldn’t imagine William Shatner running through the Enterprise corridors. To which I submit Mr. Shatner’s action-packed Priceline commercials. Your move, Takei!
But the interesting point brought up by Blastr is the subject of other Star Trek characters possibly making an appearance — for example, there is a direct reference made in the 2009 movie to Scott Bakula‘s Admiral Archer from Enterprise. Another possible contender for a cameo: Brent Spiner as Arik Soong, the “forefather” of Data.
However, it looks like this is the last we’ll see of any original cast members — at least playing versions of their Star Trek characters …