There is a lot of internet articles & rumours going around about the proposed new Star Trek movie, to be called Star Trek XI or simply Star Trek. Among the rumours circulating are who the cast will be and particularly who will play Captain James T Kirk! Many have already sealed the role to be done by Matt Damon. Others actors mentioned as being considered for Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are Matt Damon, Adrien Brody, and Gary Sinise, respectively.
I personally think that Gary Sinese would be too old to play Dr.McCoy as it is to be when the character was younger, just as Kirk & Spock are to be. Ben Affleck is also rumoured to be playing either Kirk or Spock and it is tempting to have the two close friends playing two close friends – Damon & Affleck as Kirk & Spock. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is also rumoured to play a doctor but not as Doctor McCoy. The choices mentioned has caused reactions among the fans – some of which are positive but mostly in the negative, as the characters are two old to play teenage or early twenties era Star Trek characters, as the per the story for the movie. Yet many feel that the star power could revitalize the franchise and boost it’s ratings & give it the needed push.
But who could seriously replace these icons of science fiction? Who could play Spock? And even more important, who can play Captain James T. Kirk, other than the original William Shattner? Why even try?