After some decidedly mixed early casting news - Leonard Nimoy cameo, yay! Zacharay Quinto as Spock, ugh! - and rumours about who would play the legendary Captain James Tiberius Kirk - Matt Damon, excellent! - some solid news is finally coming out.
The villain, named Nero, has been cast and it is none other than former irradiated Hulk and Achilles victim Eric Bana! Seriously cool news, as Bana has been great in everything I've seen him in and I can buy him as a menacing villain. Second cool bit of casting news is that Simon Pegg, he of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame, will be playing Scotty! This is cool and also completely and utterly bizarre and will have to be seen to be believed - is Scotty going to be comic relief? Some guy named John Cho has also been cast as Sulu.
They join the already announced Anton Yelchin as Chekov and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. The big question remains - who will step into the 'hold your stomach in' tight fitting pants of Kirk? Some guy named Chris Pine is rumoured to be a potential candidate for the part. An unknown sounds like a good idea. This film will rest on the shoulders of whomever plays Kirk and the camaraderie that the central trio has together. And also on whatever J J Abrams and his writers bring to the table as well of course.
This film is looking weird but interesting. Surely it'll at least be better than the last one, right?