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JJ Abrams Wanted Matt Damon for "Star Trek" Lead

Posted: April 21st, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
JJ Abrams Wanted Matt Damon for "Star Trek" LeadSubmit Comment
Back in 2006, director JJ Abrams revealed that he likes the idea of casting Matt Damon as Captain Kirk in his "Star Trek" film. Three months later, Damon said that he'd be willing to star in the film if the script was good. He added that it was just a rumor that started when Abrams was asked what actor he would like to work with, and Abrams mentioned him.

Later, William Shatner himself approved of the decision to cast Damon, but it turned out that the actor was too old for this new "Star Trek" film. Apparently, the entire thing was nothing more than a rumor. Not quite.

Abrams has now revealed that Damon was his first choice for the role, but was glad to give a relatively unknown Chris Pine the part in the end. "I actually approached Matt and we had some discussions, but everything happens for a reason," he told America's Life magazine. "On the one hand, it would have been great to work with Matt - but at the end of the day, it was such a better move to cast the movie with unknowns."

"Star Trek" is scheduled to hit theaters on May 7th.

Click here to read our exclusive "Star Trek" preview.

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Ranger writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 3:56:52 AM

Cripes... even Matt is getting too old for roles?!?! I guess. Hollyweird is a bitchy Mistress.
BurmaShave writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 6:15:54 AM

By unknowns he means long-standing romantic comedy second bananas and TV actors. He should have at least locked down Tom Cruise for Captain Pike.
Ranger writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 1:12:31 PM

Me thinks the budget on this one went to special effects (and a script... God Willing!)!
ACTIONFIGURE writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 2:27:32 PM

Yeah Matt Damon is getting crow's feet...Must be from all the afflick j*zz gettin on his face.
Ranger writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 2:54:14 PM

LOL!
bacci40 writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 3:36:32 PM

as the rest of the cast are 20 somethings...ya, damon is a bit too old...but he woulda made a great kirk
thedudeman69 writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 4:52:33 PM

YAY MATT DAMON
thedudeman69 writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 4:52:33 PM

YAY MATT DAMON
PrevalentMind writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 5:04:41 PM

ARRRGH WE'RE GAURDS ARRR GUARDS...
Dre-EL writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 7:29:25 PM

Matt should go do another bourne movie, he doesnt respect Star Trek or its legacy enough. Plus if Abrahams screws this up his balls will be nailed to the hollywood sign.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on April 21st, 2009 at 8:37:30 PM

I could totally see him as Kirk... but oh well now
Ranger writes:
on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:27:08 AM

DRE-EL - a 4th Bourne movie is going to be made...yes? And, I don't know about these actors not knowing/respecting a character, or in this case an institution like Star Trek. Hugh Jackman didn't even know who or what Wolverine was... but he made it his own. These Actors have a lot of care givers to make them glow on the screen. I mean... they're considering Seth Rogan for Capt. America?! Talk about expectations of Hollyweird movie magic there!
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