Apparently, we’ve been spinning rumors about Star Trek XI for so long that they’re starting to come around again: In a repeat of a series of reports from January, we’re hearing (via the Sunday Mirror) that J.J. Abrams has found his Scotty — and it’s The Chronicles of Narnia‘s James McAvoy.
This rumor was debunked the first time it surfaced, but the Mirror quotes “a movie insider” as saying:
“James was up against some famous names. Everyone’s delighted to have him on board.”
Case closed, right? Not a bad choice for the role, right? Not so fast. IGN Movies, remembering the age-old maxim “Fool me once, shame — shame on you; fool me — you can’t get fooled again,” has done a little investigative reporting of its own. And according to IGN‘s sources, the seven-month delay hasn’t made the McAvoy rumor true. From the article:
Unfortunately, it seems like the resurrected rumor is still untrue. TrekMovie.com reports, “A spokesperson at McAvoy’s publicist’s office contacted TrekMovie.com to say ‘James McAvoy is not attached to the Star Trek project.’ When pressed for more info the spokesperson could not give any more details.”
One actor we’re 100% sure will be in Star Trek XI is Zachary Quinto, who will be playing young Spock — and while all this McAvoy speculation has been swirling around, Quinto has found the time to deal some genuine dish on the sequel. This is an admittedly minor detail, but if you’re a Trek fan who has been thinking of vacationing in Iceland, you may want to just go ahead and buy those tickets. According to USA Today:
In November, [Quinto] will check out of Heroes to beam aboard Trek’s 85-day shoot. He says 11 stages have been built on the Paramount lot, and two weeks will be spent shooting in Iceland.
The best news of all? Star Trek XI doesn’t open until Christmas 2008. We’re going to hear a lot more of these reports.