This morning, George Takei posted the following announcement on his Facebook page…
Friends, I’m thrilled to share this news with you today. As announced at Emerald City Comicon, where I’m appearing this weekend, Paramount Pictures has green-lit a new Star Trek Movie entitled “Excelsior” in which I will play the captain. This announcement is part of Paramount Studio’s 100th-year anniversary campaign. The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in “The Undiscovered Country.” J.J. Abrams will direct, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.
My co-star in Allegiance, Paulo Montalban, has been cast opposite me to play the mercurial “Agha,” the grandson of Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban in the Second Star Trek Movie). Also featured are Gilbert Gottfried (playing a wily Ferengi First Officer) and Lisa Lampanelli (as a Bajoran security officer).
More to come on this breaking story soon. Thanks again for the years of support, and I’ll see you on the Bridge of “Excelsior.”
If you are a true Trek fan, you’ll know that George Takei reprised his role as Sulu in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” In the film, he wasn’t a member of the Enterprise crew, but rather he was Captain Sulu commanding the USS Excelsior. He has famously feuded with William Shatner for years and boasted on the Howard Stern Show that he did Trek 6 because he only had to spend one day on set with the Kirk actor. Takei performs announcing duties on the SiriusXM radio show for about four weeks a year. He last played Sulu in an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” that took place on the bridge of the Excelsior.
Lest you think this is for real, though, keep in mind today’s date. The first paragraph seems plausible enough, but the announcement loses credibility when it suggests Gilbert Gottfried and his CELEBRITY APPRENTICE co-star Lisa Lampanelli have also been cast.
Gotcha! Well, at least some of you, with my last post. But wouldn’t it be just sublime if it were true?