star trek logo Star Trek: Trailer News And Why Shatners Gonna Get Madder[UPDATE: The official Star Trek trailer is now online.]

Sorry about the lousy grammar in the title, but I was trying to figure out how not to make it a mile long. :-)

We’ve all been wondering when we’ll get a look at the first trailer for Star Trek 11… well I have it on good authority when we’ll finally see it and what movie it will be attached to.

The Star Trek teaser trailer will be attached to J.J. Abrams monster movie Cloverfield, which opens on January 18, 2008.

It makes sense if you think about it. Attach the trailer for an upcoming Abrams movie to an Abrams movie. speculated earlier this month that the trailer might be attached to either Cloverfield or Indy 4. And according to Latino Review, the teaser is supposed to show (among other things) the construction of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701.

And why do I think Bill Shatner’s going to be even more annoyed than he has been up until now regarding Star Trek 11…?

Because not only is Leonard Nimoy in it, but according to the latest issue of Starburst magazine, George Takei (aka Hikaru Sulu in the show) is also going to appear in the film. No doubt it will be a cameo, but… damn.

I know if I was Shatner I’d be pretty P.O.’d about that.

I mean, sure, the deed is done: They killed off Kirk in the lousy Star Trek: Generations, but they could have found a way to write him into the story. The writers have stated again and again that they wanted to include Shatner in the movie but it seems that it’s all been nothing but lip service.

Either that or it’s one of the biggest coordinated misdirection campaigns by a studio, ever, and Shatner will appear in the movie.

Star Trek opens on Christmas Day 2008.

UPDATE: has confirmed from multiple sources that this is entirely not true. One source has told TrekMovie that there is no role for Takei as Sulu in the script (which is locked due to the WGA strike). Apparently J.J. Abrams has spoken to Takei (just as he has also spoken to William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols), but there is no indication that this talk was about a potential role for the actor. Mr. Takei could not be reached because he is currently on set for The Red Canvas, a martial arts film. However Brad Altman, Takei’s business manager and partner told “The Starburst Magazine article is erroneous, we will be as surprised as the fans if George is in Star Trek XI.”

Must be nice to be that connected…

Source: TrekWeb