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Is Karl Urban Bones?
Star Trek Casting Rumour #317

17 October 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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With Star Trek casting now all but complete, the gossip mill has whirled its way over to the one big question still hanging over the series: who will play the role of Enterprise doctor and good friend of Captain Kirk, Dr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. And the word on the interweb super high street is that it might be Karl Urban.

Urban's actually only six years older than the new movie's Captain Kirk, Chris Pine (who's still to be confirmed by Paramount), but seems a fair bit more mature. That would fit with the age difference in the show, where Bones and Scotty were old boys of the group (Spock was young by Vulcan standards).

This is not confirmed casting, but several sources are reporting it and casting rumours on this movie have often turned out to be true.

So what would you think of Urban as Bones?

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RE: Simon Pegg
L: Funk_Knight I have the faith, if not the confidence. James Doohan was quite solid. Even though he was at times the funny character, he still had authority, the engineers always jumped at his commands. Does Simon have the same presence. Or accent for that matter...? I like Pegg but was very suprised by the casting! He must be over the moon! (no punn intended) sp; Whats all this about accents . Seen it in a few places . Doohan was not Scottish , he was from Canada . Same with Pegg , n More

Posted by Beno at 11:07 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I like Urban, a bit surprised to hear him cast as Bones though.   I always thought Bones was a bit more of an academic. "He's dead Jim!" More

Posted by shool at 11:05 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Biggus Can't see it myself. sp; Look at a picture of each of them - Urban with short hair of course - its almost as good as casting Quinto for Spock . The "look" is right . More

Posted by Beno at 10:53 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
nesesorry Gary Sinese?  He is 55!  Chris Pine playing Kirk is 27, there is being a bit older (Urban is 35 which works the older bit) but Sinese is a completly different generation! (sorry about the pun!) More

Posted by pussy_galore at 10:15 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Fucking hell all this fuss over something thats been reicarnated more times than Michael Myers. Its a prequel to a TV series and Film series at a time where things are being remade as well as re-imagined. Just let JJ work his stuff....he hasnt really put his hand to anything bad and has a damn sight better film mind than most working in hollowood. The cast is for starters atttention grabbing and just the sort that one expects JJ to get the best out of. I am not a big trekkie and ha More

Posted by Slysaac at 03:51 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

Is Karl Urban Bones? No, I don't think he is. I liked the idea of Gary Sinese, and he is older than the rest of the cast which would fit in with the characters too. More

Posted by jambo.jedi1874 at 12:34 on 18 October 2007 | Report This Post

Why is everyone getting so worked up about this stuff? Everyone seems fixated that the actors should look and act somewhat identical to the original. That's not the post of a prequel. Of course they'll look different and maybe even act it in their younger days. I think the choices so far are good ones, if JJ thinks they are right then maybe we should trust that. More

Posted by Movie_Obsessed2k6 at 06:11 on 18 October 2007 | Report This Post

Bones Urban.
Very cool. If this is true. This guy was superb ib Bourne2. And would add to this movie... Hope its true... More

Posted by philip_81 at 03:16 on 18 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Is Karl Urban Bones?
Agreed. Paul McGillion from Stargate Atlantis is perfect for the the role of Scotty. There is a manip about halfway down this page proving that http://trekmovie.com/2007/09/26/paul-mcgillion-a-conten der-for-scotty/ I have no objections to any of the other actors. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 23:42 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

What did I say!!!!
This is just the usual hype cos no one can be bothered to think of better casting. Find an unknown who looks and sounds like Bones and people will be happy. Still not happy about Pegg as Scotty either. More

Posted by coomi01 at 20:58 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Cadinal Sin
The casting of Pegg as Scotty is just that. I hope he rot in hell for it and that the movie flops!!! I think Abrahms has "LOST" the plot!!! Pun intended!!! More

Posted by Kirky at 18:25 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Simon Pegg
I have the faith, if not the confidence. James Doohan was quite solid. Even though he was at times the funny character, he still had authority, the engineers always jumped at his commands. Does Simon have the same presence. Or accent for that matter...? I like Pegg but was very suprised by the casting! He must be over the moon! (no punn intended) More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 16:55 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Old country doctor?
We shall see. It looks like this role will be re-imagined. More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 16:52 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

this doesnt seem like a good pick, but i could be wrong, im not a big trek fan and only have a passing interest in the films anyway. More

Posted by clarkkent at 14:56 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Genre isn't the problem...
...the fact that 'Doom' and 'Chronicles...' were terribly was down to script and direction, not to the fact that they're sci-fi films.  As long as the script isn't pish he has as good a chance of being great as anyone else. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 14:08 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Way off the mark
Urban is an action star and not a very good one at that. This role required an 'actor' as I can't recall the old Bones running about blowing shit up. That was the Shat's job. More

Posted by Severen at 13:13 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Difficult to imagine but...
...I reckon J.J. knows what he's doing. Urban seems a bit too well built compared to DeForest Kelly, but he can always shed a few pounds. Or maybe Bones was more into the gym when he first left the Academy and then let himself go :-) More

Posted by cunningmunki at 13:06 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

bring on the hotness
Almost as important as how people act is how people look. There is a lack of beauty in the cast at the moment (except for Simon Pegg), but Karl would address this imbalance. We want more hotties! More

Posted by tamsyn at 13:00 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Karl needs a good movie and although i'm looking forward to this i'm wondering .... dose he want to attach himself to yet another sci fi flick ? More

Posted by Tim_Bisley at 12:40 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Urban is awesome and really deserves a good part after the twin disasters of Pathfinder and The Chronicles of Riddick. More

Posted by Eomer_King at 12:27 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

He needs a good movie...
...poor chap. I hope he does get a role to stop the downward spiral of his career. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 12:22 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Interesting...
I think there is definite method to JJ Abrams' madness. Karl Urban isn't the kind of actor you would associate with this role, unless Bones is going to get involved in some action hi-jinks (hope not!). I personally think that he, like Pegg, will defy expectations and pull this off. Looking forward to it. More

Posted by Mikepark at 12:19 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Can't see it myself. More

Posted by Biggus at 11:44 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

So, it's not like casting crap actors is going to change the fact that this movie will at best be very very mediocre More

Posted by CameronJames at 11:32 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Major swoon!
So that's Eric Bana and Karl Urban in the same movie - if they both take off their shirts I really will have died and gone to heaven!! (Urban really does deserve a good part in a decent film, other than a hitman!) More

Posted by Halfling at 10:48 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Dammit Jim, i'm a one note actor not a pool man!!
Karl Urban, although a big name is in my opinion a highly overated actor, and not a good choice for Bones. He can only do the moody, monotone dark horse type character,...you know, the one who wears a constant frown that says dont underestimate me or i'll cave your head in, (or something).........you get the point! Can he do an angry doctor that playa second fiddle to the likes of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg?? Methinks No! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:48 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Good News
Karl Urban is very badass, he has this underling anger in the background which i think bones had in the series. Nice choice if confirmed, but better than simon pegg, i wanted to see the guy from stargate play mr scotty More

Posted by datty at 10:42 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

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