HOLLYWOOD — A former Sandusky resident has reached for the stars by moving to Hollywood. And now he has reached them — quite literally, by snagging a non-speaking role as an extra in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" film, which is being released May 8, 2009.
The actor — whom I shall not name since he's signed very strict confidentiality agreements — told me he will be playing a construction employee working on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Abrams' film is considered a fresh start for the long-time science fiction franchise by essentially telling a "year one"-style story of young Capt. James T. Kirk and his crew.
The Firelands actor expects to film his scene(s) in about two weeks. He said "Star Trek" — the only name the film has been given — is so top secret Paramount Pictures officials wouldn't even let him see what his costume will look like. When he had his fitting on the Paramount lot, the actor said officials measured him for an outfit based on the real thing.
Paramount sounds a bit paranoid about their latest "Trek" adventure. The actor said he was given a map to where the fitting would be and a security guard warned him he'd be kicked off the lot if someone found him wandering around the facility.
He said he only knew his role was as a construction worker in an undisclosed film until someone at the fitting asked someone else, "Where do you want these Klingon outfits?" Oops. Loose lips sink (star)ships, as they say … A
fter the writer's strike ended, Paramount decided to push back "Star Trek" from Christmas Day 2008 until May 8, 2009 because executives believe it has more of a chance for box office success if the film is released in the summer season. The studio has said the decision had nothing to do with the script.
So what's "Trek" about? Nobody really knows.
Leonard Nimoy has said his appearance as the elder Spock is more than a cameo, but is important to the storyline. There's also supposed to be some sort of "visual hand-off" — whatever that means — between Nimoy and Zachary Quinto ("Heroes"), who plays the younger Spock. Wizard, in its April issue, says it's possible "an older Spock learns of a plan by the Klingons to return to the planet from the classic "City on the Edge of Forever" episode of the original (TV) series … where they can go back and alter time."
Other unspecified reports cited by the pop culture magazine "suggest the story will play off of a time travel plan by the Klingons to assassinate a young Kirk before he becomes captain of the Enterprise and a constant thorn in the side of the warrior empire."
I read a script review on aintitcool.com which focused on Kirk's time as a student at Starfleet Academy. Kirk (the unknown Chris Pine, who said he plans to channel Han Solo's cockiness) graduates and becomes a starship captain amid protests he cheated on the no-win combat simulation, the Koboyashi Maru.
Maybe "Trek" will be a combination of all these things — or none of them. I just know I'm very proud of my friend and am much more geeked about Abrams' film now that he's involved. Stay tuned …