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Matt Damon as Kirk in Star Trek XI?

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the jennifer-garner-as-nurse-chapel-please dept.

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GiggidyGiggidy writes "Our friends at IMDB.com are reporting that Matt Damon has been cast to play a young James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek Movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Is this the end of the Star Trek series we fans know and love, or the beginning of something bigger and better for the series?"

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594 comments

Oh, Yes! (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841198)

Other casting???

  • Ben Affleck - Bones McCoy
  • Chris Rock - Computer Voice
  • Jason Mewes - Mr. Spock
  • Kevin Smith - Montgomery Scott

honestly, isn't it time for a real good laugh [stonetrek.com] at this tired old series?

Re:Oh, Yes! (1)

Nos. (179609) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841216)

don't even joke about that!

Re:Oh, Yes! (1, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841313)

don't even joke about that!

Prithee, why, squire?

You do know that we've now had, continuously, more Star Trek then the gulf of time between the TOS and revival with movies and TNG, right? Give it some rest. Explore new horizons, frontiers, etc, with diffent casts, different races, different stories, having nothing to do with ST.

I for one loved The Original Series. I cringed at TNG, and after that (aside from 7 of 9) it's been a bad dream even a rarebit fiend wouldn't approach.

Re:Oh, Yes! (5, Insightful)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841390)

If you were your age now, and introduced to the original series as an adult with no prior Star Trekkiness, you, like me, would be under the impression that it sucked bad.

Lousy acting, lame plots, almost no finish. Sorry, but it simply doesn't live up to today's standards.

I thought DS9 was the gem in the group, but almost no one agrees there; oddly, some geeks just can't handle a coherent plot.

Re:Oh, Yes! (2, Funny)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841443)

"If you were your age now"

He is his age now.

Re:Oh, Yes! (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841505)

DS9 IS the gem. With the focus on character development, a larger cast, almost as many explosions and interesting stories. They focused more on the actual conficts and problems that "real" people have, making it more relevant.

SciFi isn't all sharks with lasers attached to their heads. How we deal with each other as groups and individuals is just as important as the technology in good SciFi. Otherwise, you might as well just read a catalog of weapons from the 2400AD Sears catalog.

That aside, when I think of Matt Damon, all I can think of is his "role" in Team America: World Police. Not sure if that is exactly Kirk...maybe...

Re:Oh, Yes! (1)

Dekethedog (859730) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841226)

Yes... but will the Computer run Linux?

Re:Oh, Yes! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841231)

Kirk: "Computer, analyze this sample."

Chris Rock - Computer Voice: "Why don't you get off of your white cracker ass and analyze yourself it yo'self! Always putt'n the burden on the black computers!"

Re:Oh, Yes! (1)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841309)

Damon is ok with me.

Affleck, though...

I can't stand that smug sack of shit! How about him playing "Ensign Ricky"?

Re:Oh, Yes! (3, Funny)

ac3boy (638979) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841448)

I would say Affleck should be crewman #5. That wull take care of him real quick.

Re:Oh, Yes! (2, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841333)

You forgot:

Khan Noonien Singh -- Mel Gibson

Re:Oh, Yes! (1)

krakelohm (830589) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841430)

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannn! (stupid filter... its just not the same if its not in CAPS)

Re:Oh, Yes! (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841474)

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannn! (stupid filter... its just not the same if its not in CAPS)

Don't you mean this [khaaan.com] ?

78th (or so) post (0, Offtopic)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841436)

Mr. Spock loves the cock.

The rest of the Cast (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841199)

Kevin Smith as Spock
Jason Mewes as Scotty
Ben Affleck as Bones
Ophrah Winfree as Uhura
John Cho is Sulu
Yakov Smirnoff as Chekov

Imagine the dialoge.

Re:The rest of the Cast (5, Funny)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841220)

Yakov Smirnoff as Chekov

In Soviet Star Trek, Enterprise drives you!

Re:The rest of the Cast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841324)

Ophrah Winfree as Uhura

Is this the Bollywood counterpart to Oprah Winfrey?

Re:The rest of the Cast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841501)


Kevin Smith as Spoke
Kevin Smith as Scotty
Kevin Smith as Uhura
Kevin Smith as Sulu
Kevin Smith as Chekov
Kevin Smith as Bones
/fixed //Silent Bob > *

Re:The rest of the Cast (1)

casualsax3 (875131) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841509)

Here is my dream team: Kirk: Daniel Craig Dr. McCoy: Gary Sinise Uhura: Halle Berry Mr. Spock : Walken Sulu: Jet Li Chekov: Peter Stormare Scotty: Ewan McGregor

Oprah Winfrey??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841517)

Dude, Uhura was a BABE! Winfrey is as butt-ugly as she was before she lost 400 pounds and she's STILL fat and ugly!

Time for you to see your eye doctor. Or your shrink.

Meanwhile, aboard the Millenium Falcon... (5, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841204)

Obi-Wan Kenobi looks pained.

Luke: What's wrong?

Obi-Wan: I felt a great disturbance in The Force, as if millions of voices cried out in terror. I fear something terrible has happened.

Oh My (1)

mr_stinky_britches (926212) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841206)

What on eart are they thinking?

I know... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841315)

I mean could Matt Damon possibly live up to William Shatner's dominant acting talent?

Almost there! (5, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841210)

Getting closer to Star Trek XII: So Very Tired!

The ship is....draftyandcold. I complain...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841359)

noonelistens.

Sulu: Sir, I'm detecting a klingon vessel.

Kirk: Again with the Klingons!

Re:Almost there! (4, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841446)

Getting closer to Star Trek XII: So Very Tired!

I think Rick Berman's motto should be: "Never Give Up! Never Surrender!" [imdb.com]

Durka-Durka-Stan (5, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841211)

Matt Damon.

Re:Durka-Durka-Stan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841267)

Haha, wish I had some mod points :)

Re:Durka-Durka-Stan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841369)

Matt Damon.

Or from his audition for Kirk: Matt... Damon.

Now, get Sinise. (4, Interesting)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841215)

I just read a few weeks ago about Damon being discussed as Kirk for JMS's now-gone Star Trek project. I thought it sounded like a good idea, and (for better or worse) the Shat himself approved of the choice.

Now they need to sign Gary Sinise as McCoy. Hopefully, they can keep Affleck out. He has the superficial look and the emotionless demeanor necessary for Spock, but brings nothing else.

Re:Now, get Sinise. (1)

hkgroove (791170) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841258)

Affleck could play Scotty and put in Rosario Dawson as Uhura.

Have an uncomfortable scene in which Scotty spills his unrequited love of Uhura on the bridge which is interrupted by a Klingon attack.

Re:Now, get Sinise. (2, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841306)

Hopefully, they can keep Affleck out. He has the superficial look and the emotionless demeanor necessary for Spock, but brings nothing else.

But that's exactly why he'd be the right choice. I mean, come on, like Bill Shatner brought such depth and character to the role... The shallowness is part of the "camp", and Affleck will be able to do that with perfection.

Re:Now, get Sinise. (2, Insightful)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841326)

Now they need to sign Gary Sinise as McCoy.

Depends how they're going to position it. Sinise is fifteen years older than Damon, so it's a bit of a stretch to suggest they'd be classmates at Starfleet Academy together (which seems to be the rumoured premise.) However, Kelly was eleven years older than Shatner, so the timelines bascially line up if it's a post-Academy thing, or is Bones isn't actually a classmate of Kirk's.

Re:Now, get Sinise. (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841381)

"Sinise is fifteen years older than Damon, so it's a bit of a stretch to suggest they'd be classmates at Starfleet Academy together"

It easily worked out if McCoy is relatively-new instructor at the Academy, always grumbling about having to teach Xenobiology 101 or something like that. Spock and Kirk, needless to say, have to take this class.

Re:Now, get Sinise. (2, Funny)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841492)

"It easily worked out if McCoy is relatively-new instructor at the Academy,... Spock and Kirk, needless to say, have to take this class."

If that's the storyline, then it's too bad Sean Penn is too old to play young Kirk and Ray Walston is too dead to play young McCoy. Then all you'd need is a few Pat Benatar lookalikes and a naked Pheobe Cates to have a very watchable movie.

Re:Now, get Sinise. (1)

sawduster (681258) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841391)

No kidding, I Shat myself when I read this.

At first. (2, Insightful)

Data Link Layer (743774) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841223)

I thought what a terrible idea, but he has acted well in both action movies (bourne idenity) and drama movies (the talented mr. Ripley). As young Kirk I think he would do really well.

Re:At first. (2, Funny)

thewiz (24994) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841262)

But...you don't...understand. Matt..Damon..can't pull off...the hammy...overacting of...William Shatner.

Re:At first. (1)

achacha (139424) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841328)

You just did that pretty well, I think Matt Daemon can also do it... Kirk is like the easiest person in star trek to emulate.

Re:At first. (3, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841373)

I agree. Ben Affleck is the only reason for negativity of Matt Damon. Matt, by himself, is a good actor.

Re:At first. (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841452)

"Matt, by himself, is a good actor."

No, Matt by himself plays one good role and he plays it in every frickin movie he's ever been in. He's like John Wayne or Kevin Costner (sans Bull Durham). You model your screenplay around Damon, not the other way around. And knowing the Damon part, I have my doubts as to how good a Capt Kirk he can be.

Affleck on the other hand is a bordeline decent actor and can play different roles to some degree but like Chevy Chase, he doesn't seem to know how to turn down a part.

Auditions went fast (4, Funny)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841233)

All they had him say was "My crew, my ship." and he got the part.

No (1)

z0I!) (914679) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841234)

The end already happened when star trek enterprise [imdb.com] was released.

I thought this was just a rumour a few months ago (4, Insightful)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841239)

I really don't care that it was Matt Damon. He's proven that he can at least do some acting but here's the thing. Enterprise failed because it was too Hollywood. Was it season 3 when they were in the void? What a horrible season because you could tell marketing had a big checklist for all the various "demographics" it was meant to appeal to. The last season finally figure out that a good storyline and real character development is what drives a show. They had already been canceled though and didn't even know it. What a tease! Back to the main point... if matt damon was chosen because he's a famous celebrity this movie is already doomed.

"Enterprise" going for demographics (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841264)

" What a horrible season because you could tell marketing had a big checklist for all the various "demographics" it was meant to appeal to"

As a member of the group of Americans descended from buzzy-voiced giant bugs, I'm really glad that "Enterprise" gave proper attention to diversity and made sure to include my people among the Xindi species. My cousin who is married to someone descended from sloths agrees.

Re:I thought this was just a rumour a few months a (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841288)

He's proven that he can at least do some acting...


Maybe he won't be such a good choice after all if they are looking for an actor more like Shatner?

Too Old!!! (5, Insightful)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841241)

Matt Damon can look young, yes, but he's 35 -- as old as Shatner was when he started playing Kirk originally! If Damon is supposed to be younger Kirk in his Academy days... I dunno, it just doesn't work for me.

Re:Too Old!!! (1)

Eugenia Loli (250395) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841355)

I agree. Damon is too old to play a 20-year old guy. Other than that, I have no problem whatsoever for Damon to play Kirk.

Obligatory Quote from Team America (2, Funny)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841247)

Matt Damon: Matt Damon, Matt Damon

To boldly blow like no man has blown before (4, Funny)

ExE122 (954104) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841253)

So I've got mixed feelings:

Beam me down:

IMHO, Matt Damon has become so typecast that he plays the same character in every movie. I don't think he's changed his style in any role from Mr. Ripley, Mr. Bourne, Mr. Loki, Mr. Hunting, and Private Ryan. Matt Damon fans can argue till they're blue in the face, but I just cannot see him joining the ranks of George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, and Patrick Stewart. What next, playing the role of Lance Armstrong?

::sigh::

Beam me up:

So Matt Damon will always be Matt Damon. So what? William Shatner will always be William Shatner and its worked for him! Now the question remains: will Matt Damon be able to follow the framework of Mr. Shatner's drawn-out, studdering, overacting character? Lets go to the footage!

William Shatner [Star Trek]: You.... killed my... son... you... Klingon... bastard
Matt Damon [Team America]: Maaaaatt Daaaamon

Maybe Damon will make an excellent Kirk. Besides, this being an odd-numbered Star Trek movie, it has every right to be a steaming heap of Ferengi dung and still keep the movies going strong. So maybe I should just watch the previews, eat my popcorn, take a nap, and wait for the sequel.

--
"A man is asked if he is wise or not. He replies that he is otherwise" ~Mao Zedong

Re:To boldly blow like no man has blown before (1)

TheRequiem13 (978749) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841290)

What next, playing the role of Lance Armstrong?
We can only hope that they give him the cancer(s) as well.

Re:To boldly blow like no man has blown before (1)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841353)

Besides, this being an odd-numbered Star Trek movie, it has every right to be a steaming heap of Ferengi dung and still keep the movies going strong

Sadly, the last movie (Nemesis) proved that 'rule' to be merely coincidence for 2, 4 and 6. (I don't count 8, beciuase, for my money, it sucked too)

Re:To boldly blow like no man has blown before (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841399)

I thought number 7 was the best out of the Next Gen series.

Re:To boldly blow like no man has blown before (1)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841462)

I do not share your opinion. That film featured Whoopi Goldberg and as such, was rendered unacceptable in every way.

Re:To boldly blow like no man has blown before (1)

fullphaser (939696) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841514)

I personally think that Star Trek First Contact was the only movie in the next gen series that deserves any respect, 7 blew up the enteprise D with a bop? yeah real understandable there...

Re:To boldly blow like no man has blown before (1)

14CharUsername (972311) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841516)

You're either on crack or you miscounted and don't realise that Star Trek 7 == Generations.

loki != jason bourne (1)

lucerin (952392) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841490)

how do you get that the performance of a cartoon watching, homicidal angel is the same as an amnesiac cia operative?

im just a wee bit confused here

Oh hell more prequel crap. (0, Offtopic)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841259)

Paramount can kiss my ass.

Star Bleccch (1)

geekmansworld (950281) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841265)

Bigger? Better? That's a joke, right?

Ever since the middle of Voyager, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have been trying to "Fix" Star Trek. Make it hipper and more appealing to other audiences. Apparently they'd never heard of the phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Enterprise singlehandedly ruined one of the biggest Sci-Fi franchises in history. I think most fans would agree that Trek needs some serious time to lie fallow and grow new grassroots fandom.

Instead, someone has chosen to haul the still fresh corpse out of the closet, slap a thin veneer of shiny new paint on it and try to whore it to audiences who just finished vomiting up their disgust for Enterprise. Continually, I can't fathom why the people in control of Star Trek can't understand what they're doing wrong. Just let it lie for a bit... PLEASE.

P.S. - "MAAAAT DAAAAAIMON!"

Re:Star Bleccch (1)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841409)

Ever since the middle of Voyager, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have been trying to "Fix" Star Trek.

Next you'll be claiming that they added "Two of Thirty Eight" to the cast of ST:V just to appeal to teenage boys.

Re:Star Bleccch (1)

fullphaser (939696) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841460)

or possibly that they used the borg over and over again to try and lure in action fans?

It started to suck in STNG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841484)

Ever since the middle of Voyager,

You've got to be kidding me. The Star Trek franchise start to suck towards the end of STNG. It's when they started focusing episodes on characters and relationships instead of plots and action. They had some pretty fucking cool episodes in that series, but then they started polluting it with shit like Counselor Boobies getting hot with Cmdr Riker, and Dr. Fucking Crusher consoling her whiney little bitch son (hi CleverNickName! ;).

DS9 was a total daytime soap snoozefest. I mean look at the premise -- they were on a space station that didn't even move, so they couldn't go anywhere cool! Very little action, all relationship crap. If I wanted that, I'd watch damn Days Of Our Lives. At least people get shot on that show once in awhile.

I gave up on DS9 after the first few episodes and never looked back. Didn't watch more than a few minutes of Voyager. Not worth wasting my life on!

Enterprise sounded intriguing, but they compromised the whole integrity of the thing by making it look much more modern than TOS. WTF? They should have gone back to the cardboard box sets with the huge blinkenlights to make it look even shittier than TOS, because you know, it was earlier and stuff. Continuity, shmontinuity I guess. So I said fuck that shit, too.

Hey, if Matt Damon can breathe some life back into this franchise, then that's cool with me. From what I've read, those "in the know" agree that Matt's smart and can act, it's his butt-buddy Bennifleck that's a total no-talent loser moron. Not that TOS cast were any good at acting, but it had a sort of integrity to it -- knowing that it was campy without going over the top or trying to be too serious either -- that Assfleck would surely fuck up.

This is wrong on so many levels (1)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841274)

How dare someone defile Shatner's amazing theatrical work with the sad case that is Matt Damon?

What's next, Steve Buschemi as McCoy?

Re:This is wrong on so many levels (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841407)

Hey! I like Steve Buschemi.

I vote for Beyoncé Knowles as Uhura.

As said in Team America... (0, Redundant)

jbarr (2233) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841277)

"Maatt Daaammonn"!

Re:As said in Team America... (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841380)

"Maatt Daaammonn"!

KHAAAAAAAN! errr...

spock is the hard role (2, Insightful)

mrpeebles (853978) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841282)

Damon would seem to me to be fine as Kirk. But casting Spock is the hard part. Not many people have been able to play Vulcans that aren't boring as hell.

Good Will Shatner (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841283)

How about.... them.... apples?

How about Shatner as Damon? (5, Funny)

ToxikFetus (925966) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841293)

Can we get Shatner to revisit all of Matt Damon's rolls?


Will: Do you LIKE... apples?
Clark: Yeah.
Will: Well, I GOT... her number how... DO you like... THEM... apples?

Can We fire Rick Berman? (4, Insightful)

fullphaser (939696) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841299)

I mean seriosly, this was not the direction that the next movie even needed to go, what part of abysmall failure did they not pick up from the enterprise series, unlike star wars, Star Trek doesn't make money when going backwardcs, what ever happened to the idea of oh I don't know a ship that not only made sence, but something with emotion, how about a story about an akira class starship with an unkown crew in the dominon war? how about a series about the aftermath of the enterprise/romulan encoutner, something to shed some light on the worst cliff hanger ever, something to pick up what has so clearly been left off. Star trek doesn't need to go backwards, they need to do what they have always been good at, movies for action, and series for science and ethics they keep to that motto and they will get somewhere, they also need to stop playing with the timeline that is established as cannon, and just add on to it rather than confuse it

just my thoughts ;)

We've seen the future of Star Trek (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841357)

The future leading edge of "Star Trek" looked terrible, as shown in Voyager and elsewhere. Spaceships that look like women's shower razors, bald little doctors holo'ing themselves all over the place, that damn Barclay they can't seem to get rid of, and Time Trek crews that have nothing to do other than curse about Kirk.... They wrecked the future, so they figured it was time to wreck the past and give us "Enterprise".

"they also need to stop playing with the timeline that is established as cannon"

Are you referring to a weapon that fires chroniton particles through the timeline?

Re:We've seen the future of Star Trek (1)

fullphaser (939696) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841392)

heh sorry about that last line, I can't spell today :P

but no I agree they have royally well messed up, but there are things that aren't explored atleast in somewhat recent time. somewhere between the middle of the dominion war and after the death of the scimitar there has got to be room for a few more stories, all I know is that unless Berman and Bragga stop what they are doing now they will drive this last effort right into the ground, and I don't know about you but there is nothing worse than millions of upset star trek fans

Don't trust IMDB (5, Insightful)

BenClueless (973871) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841300)

IMDB is rarely ever accurate until after a movie is released. They'll put anything up! Some Spider-Man 3 fan even submitted his own synopsis and had it posted to prove this. Aunt May was listed as Carnage for a while too..

Reusing the characters was mentioned on Slashdot . (1)

zymano (581466) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841302)

The idea was born here. I mentioned reusing Kirk and Spock.

It would be nice if the producer would acknowledge it.

Go ahead and slam me.

Shark Bait (1)

nm0n (720057) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841304)

Star Trek has jumped the shark so many times that it's pocked with teeth marks. So...at this point, with the dismal failure of the "Enterprise" TV series, pretty much anything is worth a shot. Even Matt Damon can't make it any worse than it already has been.

Now, if they also bring in Ben Affleck, we know the series is forever ruined. Please, please, please...no BenFleck!

Ben Affleck as Spock? (1)

woodsrunner (746751) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841370)

Affleck would make a great Spock... I just want to see Ewen Bremmner (Spud from Trainspotting) as Scotty... that would be cool.

Vin Diesel? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841314)

Dammit, i was so hoping for Vin Diesel for that role :(

jj abrams (1)

Shirlockc (916165) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841322)

Matt, Ben, . I'm hoping that Abrams can give us the story. I've liked his TV so here's hoping.

Re:jj abrams (1)

UnclePow2223 (869564) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841475)

He's certainly had incredible success with LOST. But I hope LOST doesn't suffer at the expense of creating what could turn out to be a flop of a new Star Trek. I'm a huge LOST fan, and could (no offense) care less about star trek, but I still respect it for what it is to so many people. So anyway, here's hoping to continued success on both fronts. "MAAAAAAAAAAT DAAAAMOOOOOOOON!"

Why not? (1, Flamebait)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841329)

To me, Star Trek is a joke. Something I remember from my childhood. Camp clothing, poor acting (especially Shatner), predictable plots. I liked it - but for probably all the wrong reasons!

It doesn't have to be this way. I also loved the cheesy 60s Batman film with the rubber shark and everything, and it took Batman Begins to take the Batman character seriously. If this Star Trek film is done properly, with proper actors instead of all those old people, and with a modern sensibility, it could be a pretty good trilogy...uh, I mean film.

Taking all bets... (0, Flamebait)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841362)

Taking all bets on how long it will be until Abram's mutilated corpse turns up.

Wait, did you hear that? (1)

unihoops (909452) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841521)

Gene Roddenberry just rolled over in the grave.......AGAIN!!!!!!

Team America Performance ... (1)

Syncerus (213609) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841375)

After watching Matt Damon's performance in "Team America: World Police", I don't think that he's up to the task. He just has to project himself more effectively on screen.

Syncerus

Re:Team America Performance ... (1)

GiggidyGiggidy (935020) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841515)

Personally, I thought some of Matt Damon's best acting was on Team America.

Next on Slashdot: (1)

SpiritualRemains (235040) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841393)

Reporting news solely from a Wikipedia article.

Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

popo (107611) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841395)

Mmmmmaaaat Daaaaammmmon

If it is a flashback episode... (1)

filesiteguy (695431) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841404)

Maybe we could learn a bit more about JT Kirk. His horse, his live on the farm.

Maybe...

...they can....

...to include a small storyline about.....

...the delayed speech....

.....maybe too many Romulan Ales?

Re:If it is a flashback episode... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841518)


Maybe... ...they can.... ...to include a small storyline about..... ...the delayed speech.... .....maybe too many Romulan Ales?


Why does everyone slam Shatner for that? That's the way real people talk. People have to pause and think of what to say. Does a five-minute pauseless oration pop out of your piehole every time it opens?

It's dead Jim! (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841405)

Let it be, if you mess with it it'll stink even worse.

Only an over the top putz like Shatner could play Kirk!

McCoy "He's dead Jim"

It's no loss regardless. (1)

supabeast! (84658) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841411)

Given what Rick Berman had managed to do with the franchise between Voyager, Enterprise, and the last several movies, it would be pretty hard for Star Trek to get any worse. Unless Abrams goes completely insane and makes it into a soft-core porn flick about Matt Damon and space unicorns, this will probably be better than anything we'd be getting if the same old crew kept cranking out movies.

Re:It's no loss regardless. (1)

juangonzo (120048) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841450)

I don't know, I bet a soft-core porn flick about Matt Damon and space unicorns would be better than a lot of the Star Trek stuff. At least if it was hot space uniforns that is.

I was afraid it was MacCauley Culkin... (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841415)

...(was it something about the article logo?)

Matt Damon will be much better than MacCauley Culkin.

Frost pisT (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841425)

surprise To t4e [goat.cx]

Answer: Plastic surgery! (1)

sinij (911942) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841441)

With just little bit more plastic surgery Shatner can play that role himself...

Shatner as the new Kirk (2, Funny)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841491)

"With just little bit more plastic surgery Shatner can play that role himself..."

Easily explained. He's played by Shatner, but he's really James T Kirk at age 19. He looks awfully old because that "Deadly Years" virus has had another outbreak. The bloated appearance is because he took part in a fraternity stunt and swallowed a live tribble (which has since bred many new generations his belly, throat, and cheeks). That awful complexion? From an unfortunate amorous encounter with a cute Horta co-ed. The pauses...in...his...speech? He's really a native Rigelian speaker, his his universal translator is on the fritz.

Let's see Ben Affleck as Spock (2, Funny)

zymurgy_cat (627260) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841445)

Then maybe he can mind meld with Matt and get some acting skills......

Shut up 'Maaatt Daaaamon' fags (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841464)

Will all you 'MAAAAATT DAAAAMON' fags shut up? We get. I've seen Team America too. Real original.

YTMND already had a say (2, Funny)

Tavor (845700) | more than 7 years ago | (#15841480)

on this subject. Look here. [ytmnd.com]

Capt Sulu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15841506)

I thought it would have been cool to have the on going adventures of Capt Sulu and the Excelseor, until he came out of the closet.........
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