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Eric Bana Beams Up To Star Trek
He'll play the movie's villain, Nero

10 October 2007  |  Written by Empire Empire  |  Source: Variety

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There have been rumours for a while that, after casting a group of virtual unknowns and Sylar from Heroes, JJ Abrams was intent on bagging a couple of big names in his upcoming Star Trek reboot, with the roles of the villain and a Starfleet captain who may or may not be original Enterprise captain, Christopher Pike, up for grabs.

And today those rumours solidified into the cold hard brick of fact, with the news that Eric Bana has signed on to play the villain of the piece, a man called Nero.

That’s all that’s known about Nero so far, although we’re intrigued to see if it’s significant that he shares a name with one of Ancient Rome’s most notorious emperors.

There have also been rumours – thanks to AICN’s Moriarty – that this Trek’s bad guy will act as the catalyst that bridges the ‘present day’ sections of the movie, featuring Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and the ‘original series’ sections, with Zachary Quinto as a young Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov.

Russell Crowe had been mooted as a strong contender for the villain role, but Bana is a fine choice. So far in his Hollywood work, Bana has been drawn to tortured but noble heroes, from Hulk to Munich, and perhaps Star Trek will allow him to rediscover the zest and menace of his star-making turn in Chopper.

As for the rest of the casting on the movie, which starts filming in November, Abrams continues his search for a Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy and a big name to play the Federation captain who isn’t James T. Kirk. But speaking of Kirk, it seems that Abrams may have finally found his man – read all about that here. Well, go on!

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Bana is good but i think Karl Urban would have made a class Romulan More

Posted by alimac at 16:52 on 11 October 2007 | Report This Post

Slysaac your comment made me chuckle, but it was a tad racist lol, still it made me laugh...wait...does that mean i'm racist?...eurghhh..cooties! Sorry I am in a random mood today..wibble. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 11:56 on 11 October 2007 | Report This Post

Slysaac your comment made me chuckle, but it was a tad racist lol, still it made me laugh...wait...does that mean i'm racist?...eurghhh..cooties! Sorry I am in a random mood today..wibble. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 11:43 on 11 October 2007 | Report This Post

Thank the sweet Australian lord!
If you didnt already know....Australia is a land built by convicts. I think a villain is well within Bana's excellent grasp. Fantastic....and i dont even really dig the trek. More of a Wars man myself. More

Posted by Slysaac at 00:34 on 11 October 2007 | Report This Post

"Well a good villain needs a good actor"
And with Eric Bana I think we'll have it. The cast of the Enterprise (if indeed that is the ship they'll be using considering this is supposed to be the early years) are all going to be relative unknowns, which is fine by me, but in order to give them a real sense of jeapordy we need an enemy that can really chew up the screen, and if you saw either Chopper or Munich, then you will know that Bana is a guy who can really deliver.(and I too would have liked to see him return as the Hulk, but with More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 23:53 on 10 October 2007 | Report This Post

Bana makes anything good that he's in...
...just a shame he didnt want to be the hulk again. That would've been good. More

Posted by coomi01 at 19:33 on 10 October 2007 | Report This Post

Outstanding choice
great choice was just watching him in Munich the other day and thinking how underatted he is he's a fantastic actor and this movie will help boost his career again More

Posted by alimac at 18:58 on 10 October 2007 | Report This Post

Bana
Eric Bana typecasts himself doing stuff like this. He's quickly becoming the new Hugh Jackman which is a shame because I like both actors but so long as they look pretty and aren't challenged they are content. Empire should put up more news about Time Travellers Wife. By far more interesting than this, Jumper and any new sequels. More news on that please.... More

Posted by callumcostello at 13:52 on 10 October 2007 | Report This Post

nice choice, but i was hoping that Bana would play Kirk. You know, Abrams better shift his arse with the casting. More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:41 on 10 October 2007 | Report This Post

Nice one!
Bana's a good choice,..he's an excellent actor and will make a blinding villain!! I'm no Trekkie but i am looking forward to this movie alot! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:28 on 10 October 2007 | Report This Post

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