JJ Abrams has announced that the third ‘Star Trek’ film will be a time travel story with the Enterprise arriving in the future and meeting the Next Generation cast. Bruce Willis is going to play Captain Jean-Luc Piccard. If the film is successful, the director/producer said there would be nothing stopping having two different ‘Star Trek’ movies on alternative years.
Bruce Willis, a long-time Star Trek fan himself, reportedly accepted the role on the condition that he would be allowed to say “Yippee-kai-yai-yay, Data!” at least three times during the movie. Another long-time Trekkie, Woody Allen, is to help write the script, promising a dark sci-fi reworking of his 1995 film ‘Mighty Aphrodite’, “but with Borg… very witty Borg, you know?” Bradley Cooper will play android Data, Jim Caviezel is play Commander William Riker, while Anna Friel has been cast as Deanna Troi. Wil Wheaton is to play an evil, time traveling middle-aged version of Wesley Crusher from the Mirror Universe, who causes the Chris Pine-commanded Enterprise to meet its later incarnation.
Cinema fandom has long yearned for a Willis-Woody-Abrams team-up, and the Star Trek universe seems the ideal milieu to blend what all parties have to bring to the table.