Quite a few Hollywood actors are fans of Star Trek, and they would like a role on the newest Trek series.
Star Trek: Discovery Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman answered questions about the new series while out promoting his latest directing project, The Mummy.
“So many actors are fans,” he said. “We literally got a list of them that were like, ‘Here are people who said they want to be on Star Trek‘. It was awesome.”
Last summer, William Shatner expressed interest in appearing in the show. “Am I up for it? I’ll get up,” he said. “If I said, ‘I hardly think so,’ that would be the beginning of negotiations. If I were asked, I might consider it.”
Leonard Nimoy‘s son Adam is open to a CGI Spock appearing in Discovery. “Yeah I think it’s an interesting idea,” he said earlier this year. “I loved what they did in Rogue One. I thought it was pretty clever, and I was blown away by it, frankly. All of the stuff that Peter Cushing was doing was mind-boggling to me. I’m a sucker for that stuff. I think it should certainly be explored, but I’m not the final arbiter as to whether it’s going to happen, but I think it’s a great idea, personally. There are more parties involved than just me as to whether it’s going to happen. On a personal level, I think it would be cool.”
Sonequa Martin-Green‘s The Walking Dead co-star Andrew Lincoln would love to “beam myself up at some point” as an alien.
Kurtzman also spoke about the delay that pushed the launch of Star Trek: Discovery back to this autumn. “We postponed our schedule because the truth is we did not want to put out something that was subpar, and as the vision expanded we started feeling like we weren’t gonna be able to deliver the scope and the scale that was on the page,” he said. “And CBS was extremely supportive in saying, ‘Okay you know what, this is streaming; it’s not like we have to beat out right away. Let’s do the best version of this. Trek is too important for all of us.”
Look for a show featuring timely topics and representing a full range of humanity. People are “hungrier for more complicated stories,” he said. “What would have been a taboo subject ten, fifteen years ago is now everywhere, and that’s a beautiful thing.”