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Most important qualification for Spock: the actor is Jewish. And see, in my Trek fanfic (written decades ago), Amanda Grayson was Jewish by her mother so, by extension, Spock was Jewish. I think we all know that the Vulcans are one of the ten lost tribes, don't we? ;-)

I'd change Chekhov out for a different character. Where are the Muslims in this vision of Trek? That's what we need here. I'd do it for two reasons. First, Roddenberry put a Russian on the bridge because we were in the midst of the Cold War; the idea that we could make peace and team up peacefully in the future was a big deal. No reason not to extend that positive vision to the US's current bete noir. Though I don't see Arab and Muslim culture as evil or as the enemy, there are plenty of other Americans who do. Roddenberry's approach was about changing the future by envisioning it; that's what we need to do today, too. Second, Arab culture has a long history that is rich in science and math. It stands to reason, to me anyway, that we'll see it in this future just as reasonably as we see ourselves and everyone else.

re: Spock. That's why I picked Sophie Okonedo. I mean, besides that she's lovely and a good actor. She's Jewish (her mother is Anglo-Jewish, her father Anglo-Nigerian)

I like the idea of making the science officer of Arab descent.

The thing that immediately sprung to mind was to make Chekhov Middle Eastern.

This idea is coming up a lot in the comments.

It is about time we have an Indian presence in the core crew. Someone who annoys *everyone* by going off on a "great and ancient civilization" routine during every breather. Would be invaluable when dealing with the Borg too...

Awesome idea. We did see an Indian captain in Star Trek: The Voyage Home, played by Vijay Amritraj, though it was brief. Still, we got to see him in command, making command decisions and trying to manage an overwhelming threat, which I thought was great.

::wistful sigh:: If only, all of this.

I like this idea. I'm not sure if you watched the original Battlestar Galactica (I never did) but when they rebooted it so to speak, they gave a few of the major roles (that had been played by men) to women. Starbuck and the President, for instance.

I watched some of the original Battlestar, and I think the reboot did a better job than most. In fact, having seen the rebooted BSG (first two seasons), I was expecting something more like that for the rebooted ST until I found out that JJ Abrahms was doing it; then I knew it would be more of the same old retro fare.

Excellent. You can tell you're a fantasy writer:)

LOVE. This makes me so happy.

I would be even happier if such a thing actually made it to the screen. Unfortunately, I'm not holding my breath.

I'd like to live in the universe where this film was produced.

I'm envisioning a small slender Muslim woman, quite possibly hijab-wearing as the science officer.

As the young, hotshot, prodigy science officer!

I have to say, I love what you've done here with the cast :D My daughters will love it too.

I don't know enough actors to pick out a Chekhov for you, but scarlettina's comment is pointful.

There have been a lot of good suggestions. Forex, a Bollywood actress who is also Muslim.

Sign me up for your new (un)reality!!!

When I was in junior high (as we called it then), my brother and I drew a space ship and then signed up our classmates for crew positions. I gotta say, altho in our small town the crew wasn't diverse ethnically it was certainly more diverse genderedly than the rebooted ST

If you're changing things around, how about a gay or trans character?

Laura Anne suggested a trans character, above. I think it's an excellent idea.

I dunno, there's a big difference between the Gorn and someone who commits genocide to settle a score. Which isn't to say I think it was a good message to send, I think that whole plotline was terrible to begin with. But still. I think even the original Kirk would think twice about being compassionate to a mass murderer.

Maria Sharapova

Isn't she a tennis player?

Sarah Shahi?

I bet she could do a Russian accent. And it's not like Russia is devoid of people of Persian and Arabic descent...

She would definitely work.

But why would the character have to be Russian? That does strike me as an artifact of the Cold War.

I lovemthe way your imagination works. I vote for an Occupy Hollywood movement to do a real reboot movie this time.

Sadly, it's not clear that OccupyHollywood would have any impact.

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Thank you! I had fun writing it and finding images.

If i'd been in charge of the Star Trek reboot I would have canned the whole thing and put money into something original instead.

I wonder if anyone has done a statistical count in recent years of what percentage of films now are reboots, remakes, and sequels. It seems like it's worse than it's ever been but I suppose that may just be perception.

Love the idea of Freema as Bones. I'd like to see Naveen Andrews as Chekhov (although obviously he couldn't be called Chekhov, I'm not even going to attempt to think of an Arabic name) or Chiwetel Ejiofor as we need some more male eye candy much as I love Chris Pine.

I'm always in favor of more eye candy. I specifically did it this way to flip the gender ratio of the reboot. My overall preference is for gender balance in casting.

I love everything this post chooses to be, and I would watch this movie with wholehearted joy. (I did enjoy the reboot movie, but it was not wholehearted, for exactly the reasons you mention.)

I would have liked the reboot more if I weren't middle aged and cranky about feeling that film was hitting a new cultural stagnation. The actors were all very appealing.

Since your cast is decidedly Whovian...

... why not have that gorgeous redhead Catherine Tate as Scotty? She was my favourite companion of all the new ones (speaking of reboots...), and I bet she could do a kick-ass Scottish accent. Better than Simon Pegg's, anyway.

Although, I have to say this about the JJ reboot: Zachary Quinto was inspired casting as Spock!

Re: Since your cast is decidedly Whovian...

Katie Leung is Scots, which is why I picked her. (She played Cho Chang in the Potter films)

Catherine Tate is fabulous but older than what the reboot concept originally was set up for, which is starting the "names" at the academy. otoh, someone suggested that one of the characters would be an older person starting as second career, which is also an awesome idea.

You have different nationalities, and a female oriented crew, but they're all young. How about Helen Mirren in the Scotty role or as Captain? I think a wider generational dimension is as interesting as a wider gender or cultural/nationality dimension. I also liked the gender mismatch in symbionte/host Jadzia Dax

You make an excellent point.

I myself decry the ageism of Hollywood (especially toward women but not confined to women), and yet I wholly bought into the idea that a "reboot" must necessarily feature all young actors. As someone said above, a person changing careers might just as likely enter Starfleet Academy at midlife, and even more so in a future where, presumably, people live longer and healthier lives and thus have opportunities to choose more than one vocational path during their life times.

So, yes, a true reboot should offer an even greater degree of diversity than the one I listed above.

Also, I love Helen Mirren. But I really want Katie Leung as Scotty.

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