Why Karl Urban Almost Didn’t Return For Star Trek Beyond
The U.S.S. Enterprise wouldn't feel complete without having Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy as its chief medical officer, so when the original Star Trek series was rebooted for the big screen last decade, Karl Urban was tasked with succeeding DeForrest Kelley as the gruff doctor. Urban has been along for the ride with his other main cast-mates for three movies so far, but that number nearly capped off at two for the Dredd star. Initially, Urban was hesitant to return for Star Trek Beyond because he felt McCoy had been shortchanged when it came to character development. Urban recalled:
Karl Urban stopped by Star Trek Las Vegas this past weekend, and when a fan asked if it was true that he almost didn't come back after Star Trek Into Darkness, Urban confirmed this (via TrekMovie) and provided the above explanation for why he was hesitant to reprise Dr. McCoy for a third time. Fortunately for Urban, Star Trek Beyond rectified his concerns that by pairing him with Spock for a good chunk of the movie, and it was director Justin Lin who delivered the selling pitch once he'd been brought aboard. Urban continued:
While James T. Kirk and Spock are the two primary characters of Star Trek: The Original Series and these reboot movies, Leonard McCoy is unquestionably integral to these stories, acting as Kirk's human best friend and a wonderful foil for Spock. So had Karl Urban decided not to return for Star Trek Beyond, McCoy's absence would have been most unfortunate. The Enterprise wouldn't be the same without his curmudgeonly attitude.
Star Trek 4 is currently in the works, although Paramount has not officially greenlit the project yet. Karl Urban, like the rest of his co-stars, is hopeful that the next movie (which will see Chris Hemsworth reprising George Kirk) will move forward, but he also said that if that doesn't happen, Star Trek Beyond is a great note to end on, calling it his favorite of the three he's been involved with. Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news on the Star Trek franchise's future, both on film and television.
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