Is it just me? People seem to be having more fun floating rumors about the Star Trek movie than have had actual fun at a Star Trek movie in recent memory.
The latest, from that reliable source known as Star Magazine (who I refuse to link to), is that Jennifer Garner will be cast to play Spock’s love interest.
According to Cinematical, this brings to four the number of actors who have been discussed for this film. And JJ Abrams has just barely gotten going on the project!
IGN claims that the rumoured casting of Gary Sinise is close to reality and that filming is expected to begin in October, with a Christmas, 2008 opening.
The official website, StarTrek.com, hasn’t provided much in the way of detail, other than to quote other interviews in which JJ Abrams discusses how wonderfully emotional the script is. (Will the official site ever provide anything that’s original? Don’t go complaining about StarWars.com!)
J.J. Abrams is not making his Star Trek movie just for Trekkies.
”On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying,” he says. ”For people who’ve never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don’t know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind.”
Good call, my man. Good call. Hardcore fandoms are the ultimate mixed blessing: Yes, we know all (or most) of the scary little details and just try and keep us away on opening night, but there’s also the arrogance that comes with only socializing among ourselves that often overwhelms fan chats and forums.
For Star Wars fans, for instance, it’s important to remember that most of the people you saw Revenge of the Sith in the theatre with probably don’t even know that TheForce.net exists, let alone that there are at least a dozen people there who will spend hours arguing over the physical features of a ship seen onscreen for five seconds. Or, for old-school Jaders, people who have spent hours arguing over the love life of a character who shares no significant screentime with any female not somehow related to him. (Not that I would know anything about that, nor have spent a good chunk of my junior year of high school doing so. Nope.)
Not that I would automatically discount all comments and complaints made on fan forums. It just pays to remember that the loud voices aren’t always the only ones out there, and that some things simply can’t be done away with. The key is striking a balance.
The highlight of this week’s Youtube adventure was the entire Kevin Smith hosted episode of Party for Five, featuring Jason Lee, Stan Lee, Mark Hamill and JJ Abrams: part I, part II, part III. Part II is where the Star Wars stuff is: Hamill also talks about his Batman voice work in the third. I suggest watching the whole thing, though.
I love Kevin Smith movies, but this scene is the only part of Chasing Amy you’ll ever need to see. And I still haven’t seen Clerks 2, but here’s the Star Wars vs. Lord of the Rings scene (with Marshall from Alias!) And, what the hell – I know you want to see Cocknocker. Or just go for the digest version. If you need me to tell you that none of these clips should be watched in mundane public due to language, please turn in your geek card.