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Simon Pegg is Scotty in “Star Trek”

Variety is reporting that Simon Pegg has been cast to play Scotty in the upcoming 2008 Star Trek film.

The actor, who last starred in the Universal comedy Hot Fuzz, joins Eric Bana, Anton Yelchin, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy.

Story details are still scarce, but the film, penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will chronicle the early days of James T. Kirk (still uncast, though the role has been offered to Chris Penn) and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

Production begins this November, with a Christmas Day 2008 release date for the Paramount film.

J.J. Abrams will direct and also produce with Stratton Leopold.  Kurtzman and Orci will also serve as executive producers alongside Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof.

Source: Variety