Scotty has been cast in Star Trek XI

Fucking Yippee, Harry Here!!! Ok – I’m in. Simon Pegg as Scotty is as wonderful as an Asian Girl Sandwich night. I’m fucking deliriously happy. This is the first piece of STAR TREK casting that JJ has done that has made me drool with anticipation. The word is that the budget has gotten bigger and bigger and that for the first time in the history of the franchise, STAR TREK is being given a truly epic budget to recreate, conceive and explore Gene’s universe. That news and SIMON “fucking” PEGG – make this the happiest day in Trek geek life, other than the day STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN was released.

Oh man. Fucking awesome. So awesome. Ecstacy. Simon Pegg is Montgomery “Giving it all I got Capt’n” Scott. Blessed be to God. He is great and glorious to make this happen for the greater glory of geekdom. We are truly the blessed people!

My reaction to this news was decidedly far more lukewarm.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Simon Pegg. I thought Shaun of the Dead was a great movie, and his guest role in the first season of Doctor Who showed he had some variety. The problem is… he’s just not Scotty. On the other hand, I know Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett from Stargate Atlantis) auditioned for the role, and I think he would have been a much better choice. He looks more like James Doohan than Pegg does, has a flawless Scottish accent, and Doohan’s own son endorsed him for the role.

I don’t know. I’ll wait and see. However, I just think this was a bit of bad casting.