Casting is underway for the next Star Trek movie. According to the BBC, a British actor named Benedict Cumberbatch — and was there ever a more British name than Benedict Cumberbatch? — has been signed to play a role. Cumberbatch is rumored to be playing the villain, and will join the actors who will reprise their roles as Kirk, Spock, Scotty and others from the last movie.
I don’t know Cumberbatch or his work, but I’m hoping he plays an alien. Why? Because we desperately need a good new Star Trek alien.
I’ve loved the Klingons, the Romulans, the Gorn, and the Borg. I’m talking about aliens with large, throbbing veins in their heads, aliens with squiggly, snapping spinal columns that get inserted into machinery, and aliens that are wildly implausible from an evolutionary standpoint. I want to hear the back story about some weird culture where aliens communicate solely by rhythmic slapping of their rear ends or children are required to fight to the death from the age of three.
I don’t want overdone computer-generated images, either. I want an actor to sit in the make-up chair for hours to achieve the appropriate alien appearance.
It’s been a tough few years for the humans on Planet Earth. Star Trek, give us a new alien to distract us from the concerns of our own, weary world!