So now the cast is finally complete, although I have to say that casting Karl Urban as the surly doctor Bones McCoy of the Enterprise was a bit of a surprise. I don’t exactly know the age of the original characters, but was Bones really that much older than everyone? Apparently so. The Hollywood Reporter officially announces the casting, along with Chris Pine as Kirk, but then again, if you’ve read this site or any other movie site, you probably already know that. Urban was actually up for the role of the Romulan baddie, the movie’s chief villain, but that role went to Eric Bana, who will play the nefarious Nero in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Trek reboot, aka Trek 11.
The character of McCoy, originated by DeForest Kelley, didn’t trust advanced technology and frequently sparred with Spock in debates of logic vs. emotion. Bones also was responsible for several of “Trek’s” catchphases, including “He’s dead, Jim” and “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a …,” ending in a profession in which he had no training.
Urban, from New Zealand, played Eomer in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. His feature credits include “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Pathfinder.”
And this post thus ends all future cast speculations regarding the Star Trek 11 casting (which, at times, seemed to have a neverending feel to it) once and for all. Let’s get this baby rolling, shall we, guys?