The reboot of the biggest science fiction franchise of our time is coming out in 24 short hours. That’s right, Star Trek, the eleventh installment of the ultimate outer space tale is getting a highly publicized, very well reviewed release. To say that the Trekkies are excited is an understatement. I have to imagine that casting a film like this is a difficult process. Not only do you have to find actors that are relatively known and marketable, but you must be able to please the core sci-fi fanbase with your choices, because there’s nothing worse than a gang of pissed off fanboys threatening to shoot you with their quasar guns. You see, sci-fi fans are intensely loyal, and it’s important to them that the talent in any sci-fi/space/monster/fantasy/advenutre film has an appreciation for their beloved genre. It looks like the creators of Star Trek have clearly taken this into account, and a cast has been assembled that any true sci-fi fan is sure to approve of. Take a look at eight people involved in Star Trek that have paid their dues in the science fiction world and surely have the fanboys on their side:
8. Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk)
He’s not quite a sci-fi fixture…. YET, but with the release of Star Trek on Friday, the upcoming Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, and rumors of him taking the title role in the super-buzzy superhero film, The Green Lantern, Pine may just be a sci-fi phenomenon waiting to happen.
7. Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov)
Though he’s far from a houseold name, Yelchin’s fanbase is sure to grow exponentially in the next two weeks as he’s a main character in both Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. Like Chris Pine, Anton Yelchin has potential to be a majr attraction in the sci-fi world. The only reason he’s up a bit higher on the list is because he had a brief stint in Stephen Spielberg’s Taken miniseries.
6. Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura)
The lone girl on the list, Zoe Saldana has a cult following that’s as fervent as they come. I’m not really sure when she won over so many fans. Maybe it was her appearance in the first Pirates of the Caribbean, maybe it was her role on J.J. Abrams short-lived series, Six Degrees, or maybe I’m just being too much of an idealist, and it’s because she’s flipping beautiful. Either way, she has somehow won the allegiance of fanboys everywhere, and people are genuinely excited to see her in Star Trek and James Cameron’s sure-to-be-epic Avatar later this year.
5. Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy)
Here is a true-blue, hardworking science fiction actor. (And that’s not a cut- the guy is a legitmate actor- he just does a lot of sci-fi) Karl Urban has had roles in pretty much everything. After stints on television as Julius Caesar in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, he’s appeared in films such as Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, and Pathfinder.
4. Alex Kurtzman (Writer)
Here’s a behind-the-scenes guy that has contributed so much to the sci-fi genre. Kurtzman not only wrote a good number of the episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Kevin Sorbo, come back to us!), but he’s a close friend of J.J. Abrams, and he served as executive producer Alias. On top of that, he’s one of the creators of current sci-fi mystery hit, Fringe. He proved his writing schops with the surprisingly effective Mission: Impossible 3, so Trekkies have got to be feeling good about his Star Trek script.
3. Zachary Quinto (Spock)
I gave up on the trainwreck of a TV show that is Heroes a while ago, but Zachary Quinto’s performance as uber-villain Sylar is one of the few bright spots in the otherwise messy program. Fans absolutely love him, and everyone seems to be excited to see him as Spock.
2. J.J. Abrams (Director)
Where do I even begin? He created and directed the popular television sci-fi programs: Alias, Lost, and Fringe! As if that wasn’t enough (it was), he seamlessly transitioned into the film world with his directorial debut as Mission: Impossible 3, which was easily the best in the franchise. With commercial viability and super-geek credibility, Abrams was the perfect choice to helm Star Trek.
So do you agree with my list? For my sake, I hope I haven’t offended any of you fanboys, but whatever you’re feeling, let me know in the comments!