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John Cho and Simon Pegg have boarded the Starship Enterprise.
Cho has been cast as Sulu, the Enterprise’s helmsman, while Pegg has signed on to play Scotty, the ship’s Scottish chief engineer, in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” feature for Paramount.
The “Trek” casting deals appear to be closing at warp speed this week, with Eric Bana signing on Wednesday to play the movie’s villain, Nero.
Already on board are Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Anton Yelchin as a young Chekov, the Russian-born navigator, as well as Zachary Quinto as a young Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of Spock, is on board as well. Chris Pine is in talks to play the young Kirk.
The movie is expected to shoot from November-March.
Plot details are begin kept under wraps, but it is understood that the movie chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew. The lead roles remaining to be cast are Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Enterprise, and Kirk’s parents.
Montgomery “Scotty” Scott was the ship’s third-in-command and was known for his problem-solving abilities in plot-critical situations. The role was originated by the late James Doohan.
Lt. Hikaru Sulu, known for his love of fencing, always was seen on deck piloting the ship next to Chekov. George Takei played the character in the 1960s TV series and the 1980s movies.
Cho starred as Harold in the cult hit “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” He is reprising the role for the sequel. Cho is repped by Gersh, Principato/Young and attorney Alex Kohner.
Pegg, repped by CAA, starred in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” He next toplines David Schwimmer’s comedy “Run, Fat Boy, Run.”
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