IESB.net reported a rumor that 28-year-old Pennsylvania native Mike Vogel (Poseidon) is the front runner to play James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek movie.
The site based its report on anonymous sources; the site was unable to confirm the news with either Vogel's agency or Paramount, the studio behind the film.
Vogel will be seen in Abrams' as-yet-unnamed monster movie, code-named Cloverfield, which is slated to open Jan. 18, 2008.
So far, official casting news has come for other characters in the reboot, including Heroes' Zachary Quinto as young Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov. Star Trek is slated to be released on Christmas Day 2008.
McGillion Up For Trek's Scotty?
TrekMovie.com reported that former Stargate Atlantis regular Paul McGillion has auditioned for the role of Scotty in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek movie.
The Scottish-born Canadian actor is best known to SF fans as Dr. Carson Beckett on Atlantis; the character appeared to die in season three, but will return for a few episodes in the upcoming fourth season.
Chris Doohan, son of the late James Doohan, who first played Scotty, has endorsed McGillion for the role, the site reported.
Star Trek, a rebooting of the franchise, is currently in preproduction.