It looks as if the last two pieces that make-up the J. J. Abrams Star Trek revamp cast puzzle have been revealed – Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Karl Urban as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy.
Pine had recently been rumored as a top contender for the role, even though he had already been offered a role in director Joe Carnahan’s White Jazz, an adaptation of the James Elroy novel. Even though there hasn’t been an official announcement from Trek studio Paramount, Carnahan has stated in his blog that Pines had passed on White Jazz for the role of a certain legendary starship captain-
The young man playing Junior Stemmons has opted to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’ and thus, had to bow out of White Jazz. I’ve been talking to him this past week and knew how tough the decision had to be for him. I don’t envy ever being in that spot but I gave him my full support, even if it meant he didn’t do Jazz. I get it. You don’t get opportunities like that often and I told him as long as he could control as much of that process as possible and not get sucked into doing lesser sequels as a result of taking this gig, then good luck and God bless.
Also awaiting an official announcement is that Karl Urban will taking the role of “Bones” McCoy. TrekMovieReport reported last week that an unnamed source had confirmed that the New Zealand-born Urban was in talks for the role of McCoy. And now earlier this evening, AintItCool is reporting that their own source has confirmed that Urban as Bones is “pretty much a done deal.”
With his cast apparently in place, Abrams is set to start filming next month for the film’s release next Christmas.
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