Trek Stars' New Projects

By StarTrek.com Staff - May 03, 2014

StarTrek.com readers seemed super-excited to hear about the news that Patrick Stewart will star in and co-produce the upcoming STARZ comedy Blunt Talk, and so we thought you might be interested in the details about upcoming projects from an array of other familiar Trek figures, including George Takei, John Cho and Tim Russ.

To Be Takei, a documentary about Star Trek's legendary Sulu, George Takei, has an opening date: August 22. The synopsis for the film reads as follows: TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. It balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei with George's fascinating personal journey, from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on "Star Trek," through his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 6-million Facebook likes. The film shows what it truly means TO BE TAKEI. Among those appearing in the film are Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols.

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Meanwhile, Star Trek's new Sulu, John Cho, has a couple of new projects as well. The independent comedy That Burning Feeling, which he co-stars in and co-produced, opened yesterday in Canada.

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He's also starring in an ABC pilot called Selfie, a modern version of My Fair Lady. "I was really flattered and thrilled with the opportunity to do something that was sort of romantic," he said of Selfie during an interview that ran Thursday in the Toronto Sun. "I don't get the chance to do that sort of thing very often. The show was created by a very clever, very interesting woman named Emily Kapnek, and Karen Gillan, a wonderful Scottish actress from Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy is in it." Cho will play the Henry Higgins character opposite Gillan as Eliza.

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J.D. Payne and Patrick McCay, who are currently co-writing the third Star Trek feature, are on board to pen a new screen version of Flash Gordon for Twentieth Century Fox. That news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

Rene Echevarria, who worked as writer and producer on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, has his next project in the works. He'll join fellow producers Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin, as well as writer-producer Jonathan Mostow, in launching Letter 44 as a series for Syfy. Up first... a pilot based on the Letter 44 graphic novels of the same name. Here's the plot, according to Syfy's pilot announcement release: It is tradition for the preceding President to leave a letter for the newly elected President on the desk of the Oval Office. In this letter, new President Stephen Blades learns this stunning secret: seven years earlier, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. A crew of heroic astronauts was sent to investigate and they're nearing the conclusion of their epic journey.

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Star Trek: Voyager's Tim Russ will be in Denver this weekend to appear at StarFest, along with Nichelle Nichols and Suzie Plakson. But for those who love to hear and see Russ perform, or for those who've never heard him and his band perform rock and blues, now's your chance to see him again or for the first time. He'll take the stage at 7 o'clock in the Main Events room. 

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