J.J. Abrams Asked Mark Wahlberg To Play Captain Kirk's Father In Star Trek

By Nick Venable 2013-02-25 14:12:27discussion comments
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With the May 17 release of Star Trek Into Darkness seemingly taking an eternity to get here, a lot of its initial buzz is getting Dagobah swamped by news of J.J. Abrams' next project, Star Wars Episode VII. It wasnít as if the two fictional properties werenít oft mentioned in the same breath before, but now itís become mandatory. And with all the coverage, there are few details that have gone uncovered.

In an interview with the British magazine Total Film, Mark Wahlberg was sharing his opinion on Abramsí involvement with Episode VII when he casually mentioned Abrams having initially asked him to play Captain James T. Kirkís father, George, for the 2009 Star Trek film, a role that ended up being played by Chris Hemsworth. Wahlberg admits he turned the role down because the language of the script was beyond him, though he thought Abrams did a great job with the film when he finally saw it. Unsurprisingly, he wouldnít make that same decision twice, and coyly implies that he would now accept a job with Abrams on the spot. Watch the interview clip below.

Personally, Iíd see Wahlberg being Hemsworthís father before Iíd see him being Chris Pineís dad, and I couldnít possibly imagine him waxing scientific in a Starfleet uniform. Itís respectable that Wahlberg sticks to roles that call back to the Cagney and McQueen movies he enjoyed in his youth. As far as his future with Abrams, I suppose I could make the leap to picture him in the Star Wars universe, but only if the Death Star now has a Boston neighborhood build in.
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