'Star Trek' and 'Watchmen' casting news: Discuss!

Casting_lTwo big casting announcements today, for those who haven’t heard already. Carla Gugino will join 300 director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the beloved Watchmen comic-book series as Silk Spectre Sally Jupiter. And Anton Yelchin is expected to report for duty as Enterprise navigator Pavel Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek prequel.

Both seem like pretty good calls from where I’m standing. Gugino’s been a bit underused lately — I prefer to pretend that her appallingly dumb Entourage role never happened — and Yelchin could use a career boost as well, given that his other projects include Alpha Dog and, er, Finding t.A.T.u. But enough about me; what do you think of these choices?

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  • mtank

    That kid was terrific in “Alpha Dog”. He broke my heart. Very talented. But let’s hear him say “nuclear wessels” 1st, then we’ll see if he works or not.

  • Anonymous

    Gugino is a good addition, but she should have been cast as Laurie.

  • Amanda

    I’m not sure what could get me interested in “Star Trek,” but Yelchin is a really talented young actor and I’m glad he seems to be on the rise. So psyched for his new film “Charlie Bartlett” which looks genuinely great.

  • wildecat

    Does anyone else HATE Carla’s blonde hair?!
    And Walter Koenig was my first major TV crush, so I’ll just refrain from commenting on this new kid…

  • Ceballos

    No wildecat, I agree 100 percent. Gugino looks awful with that blonde hair (and I think she’s absolutely stunning). When I saw the picture I thought it was Melanie Griffith (and that’s NOT a compliment)

  • JosefromLA

    alpha dog was good you smutmonger…anyway she’s like 5 years older than the actress who’s playing her daughter so im wondering how the makeup will look for the ‘present day’ (1980’s) Carla

  • Me

    Charlie Bartlett, Charlie Bartlett! Yelchin turns in a really great performance in that, so I’m excited to see what he can do in the Star Trek universe!

  • Nix

    Dusting off my Trekkie hat — but Chekov was, like, a wet-behind-the-ears fresh graduate when he joined the Enterprise crew in its, what, 2nd season? huh? Is this completely apocryphal or are we doing an “Ultimate” style new continuity?
    He’s cute, though. (That’s what most people mean when they say a young relative unknown is “talented”.)

  • Nick

    From what I understand, the new Star Trek movie takes place on the early voyages of the Enterprise. I don’t think timelines as far as who showed up in what season can really be used. I mean, is a season a year in the life of the story…a month…a week? I’m looking forward to what Abrams can do to Star Trek. Lord knows it needs something… I’d pretty much watch Gugino in anything.

  • Court

    Carla is a decent pick…but she’s only a couple years older than the actress they picked to play her daughter. I’m still really skeptical about the casting of this movie. And her hair does look really bad like that.

  • melissa

    I really like this Yelchin kid. He seems so young (12 years younger — I believe — than Zachary Quinto, who’s playing Spock), but he’s a great, engaging actor. I don’t know the age difference between Spock and Chekov, but if an 18-year-old as Chekov fits I’m cool with that.

  • Ned

    I know Sally Jupiter has to be young in the flashbacks, but maybe they could have had an older actress for the present, and a younger one in the flashbacks. Oh well, Jackie Earl Haley is Rorchac, so I’m happy.

  • Stephanie T.

    Wildecat:
    If your nose is big like in Carla’s case, a darker shade of blonde or her natural color looks better.

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