It's an interesting time to be a Star Trek fan. The past few years have brought three silver screen blockbusters, adapting the iconic characters from the classic TV show. And with CBS All Access producing Star Trek Discovery and Quentin Tarantino actively developing a future film, there are plenty of exciting and unique projects coming to the beloved property. It's currently unclear if Tarantino's movie will be a direct sequel to the current franchise of films, or if it would start over with a fresh cast of actors and timeline. But there's one cast member of the recent trilogy that would love to return and work with the acclaimed director: John Cho. When he was recently asked by Larry King if he'd like to return to Sulu in Tarantino's movie, Cho said:
Something tells me that Sulu dialogue from a Quentin Tarantino movie would contain a lot more f-bombs than we've previously seen. Although Tarantino's irreverent tone may finally allow John Cho to let out George Takei's signature "oh my" line.
Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Wars flick feels both brilliant and absolutely bizarre. Typically, the Star Trek franchise is one that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages. But Tarantino's catalogue isn't exactly kid friendly. His films are dark, full of obscenities and violence, and very often deal with issues of racism and oppression. But then again, perhaps Tarantino will deliver a fully adult version of Star Trek, as R-Rated blockbusters like Logan and Deadpool have proven extremely profitable and popular.
John Cho's recent appearance on Larry King Now also revealed how much the franchise, and his role as Sulu, means to the actor. Many fans grew up watching Star Trek, and Cho is no exception. He recently explained how much the brand means to him, and what a unique experience it is to act out your childhood dream role.
It looks like John Cho really does feel lucky to have played Sulu for three Star Trek films, and is therefore all too eager to reprise his role in Quentin Tarantino's still developing flick. We'll just have to wait and see how the acclaimed director's current passion project (besides his upcoming film based on the Manson Family murders) all shakes out.
CinemaBlend will be sure to update you on the future of the Star Trek film franchise when details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
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