In wonderful news for fans of Paul McGillion, it was confirmed today that Paul has auditioned in L.A. for the role of Chief Engineer Montgomery Scot, “Scotty” in the new Star Trek movie being produced by Lost creator J.J. Abrams.
Fans may know that Zachary Quinto (Heroes) has already been cast as Spock in the movie, which will take place before the original series did and show the early adventures of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty.
“Obviously it would be a great honour to follow in James Doohan’s footsteps.”
The Trek Movie site seems warm to the idea, saying:
Like the original Scotty (James Doohan) McGillion is from Canada, but he was born in Scotland and clearly does a ‘flawless’ Scottish accent… McGillion has an active fan base who (successfully) mounted a ‘Save Carson Beckett‘ campaign after his character was written out of Atlantis during the 3rd season.
Also rumored to be under consideration is the younger (perhaps too young?) James McAvoy. James Doohan’s son Chris Doohan has mounted a small campaign to have himself cast as Scotty. Today Chris weighed in on the prospect of Paul taking on the role in the Trek Movie feedback section:
I know that the chances that I would be the next Scotty are slim to none. That being said, I think Paul McGillion is a GREAT choice for the role of Scotty. He has a great accent and I think that he actually looks like my father. He would be a much better Scotty then McAvoy.
IGN picked up the story and published this great side-by-side comparison of James Doohan and Paul McGillion:
Considering this amazing resemblance, Paul’s acting skills and his perfect accent, it’s hard to imagine a better match could be found! We hope the talented Mr. Abrams will seriously consider Paul for this great role.