Hollywood, CA - The new Star Trek Movie, is rolling into high gear, with a better-known cast of unknowns.
That's the word from LOST producer J.J. Abrahms, who also directs the new Star Trek movie. When asked why he would cast different unknown actors than the unknown actors who portray the same characters in the Star Trek fan-films, Abrahms dismissed the internet films by saying "Our unknown actors are better known. And they'll get paid for their work."
"That's not a fair comparison," says James Crawley, the executive producer, and star of "Star Trek: New Voyages." Crawley, who portrays Captain James T. Kirk in the internet-based fan-series. He says he's forbidden by Paramount from making a dime off the series.
"Star Trek: New Voyages" burst onto the internet a five years ago, offering new episodes of Captain Kirk and his crew written and directed in the style of the legendary Star Trek series. Since then, the fan community has embraced the series. Even veteran Trek actors George Takai and Walter Keonig have donated their time and acting talents to episodes of "New Voyages."
The new Star Trek movie, Star Trek XI, will chronicle the first missions of James T. Kirk and his Vulcan friend, Mr. Spock onboard the USS Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike. But this film, which is being produced by Paramount, will be allowed to make money.
"Besides," added Abrahms. "we'll have better known, unknown actors. Ever heard of Chris Pine? Of course, you... sort of know him. Well, he's going to be our "Kirk."
But. some in the fan community feel that James Crawley, who single-handedly resurrected the Star Trek franchise on the internet deserves a least a cameo role in the new film."I'd be happy just to mop their floor at night." said a dejected Crawley.
However, when we mentioned Crawley's name to Abrahms, he just smiled and said, "Who?"