Trek Alumni In Talks For 9/11 TelefilmBy Caillan
March 6, 2003 - 11:56 AM
George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) and Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates) are reportedly in negotiations to star in Showtime's upcoming 9/11 telefilm.
Takei is up for the role of Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta in DC 9/11, which charts the actions of the Bush administration following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
A congressman for twenty years, Mineta later became President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce, the first Asian-Pacific American to secure a cabinet post. As George Bush's Secretary of Transportation, Mineta played a key role in the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, grounding all air traffic after two aircraft crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York — 4,836 planes landed in just over 2 hours.
Penny Johnson, most recently seen as Sherry Palmer on 24, is set to play another key member of the inner circle, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. A professor of political science and former Provost of Stanford University, Rice has written several books on international affairs and served as Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Timothy Bottoms, who played President George Bush in the comedy That's My Bush!, is also in talks to play the US leader in the telefilm. The roles of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell are still up for grabs.
Emmy and DGA Award-winning director Daniel Petrie Sr. (Eleanor and Franklin) will helm the project from a script by Oscar-nominee Lionel Chetwynd (NetForce, The Heroes of Desert Storm), who will also serve as producer.