New 'Star Trek' Beams Up Scotty and Sulu
Simon Pegg and John Cho are the latest additions to the J.J. Abrams-directed film
According to Variety, J.J. Abrams has cast Pegg as Young Scotty in his "Star Trek" reboot, a decision that is -- forgive the editorial aside -- rather awesome.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter says that "Harold & Kumar" star Cho will play Young Sulu.
Pegg, who also co-starred in the Abrams-directed "Mission: Impossible III," and Cho join Zachary Quinto as Young Spock, Zoe Saldana as Young Uhura and Anton Yelchin as Young Chekov. Eric Bana was also previously announced as the villainous Nero.
In addition, both trades are saying that the role as Young Kirk in the "Trek" origin story has been offered to Chris Pine ("Just My Luck"), though reports have speculated that scheduling conflicts may be holding that deal up.
As "Star Trek" fans know, Scotty is the engineer on the Enterprise, a character played by James Doohan in the original series and films. Sulu, meanwhile, was the Enterprise's helmsman and was played by George Takei.
The English-born Pegg is most familiar to American audiences from the films "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," which he also co-wrote. His credits include a wide variety of British TV shows, with "Spaced" probably being the most notable.
While awaiting the release of "Harold & Kumar 2," Cho will be seen on episodes of "Ugly Betty," "'Til Death" and "How I Met Your Mother."