TrekMovie announced yesterday that Simon Pegg, an English actor known for comedic roles in movies such as “Shaun of the Dead,” has been chosen to play “Scotty” in the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movie.
Paul McGillion’s fans are understandably disappointed that the role did not go to him; not only because we’re his fans but because we thought he’d be perfect for the role.
Nevertheless, what’s done is done and we wish the production well. In his usual display of grace and dignity, Paul gave this statement to TrekMovie.com:
I’d like to thank you all for your tremendous support, especially Chris Doohan who rallied behind me to fill his father’s footsteps. Obviously I have close roots to Scotland; having an opportunity to play an iconic Scottish character would have been an honour.
That being said, I have not had the pleasure of “meeting” Simon Pegg but I am familiar with his work and I think he’s a terrific talent. I wish him and the rest of the cast & crew great success with the new Star Trek film
Meanwhile, we still have our original mission ahead of us, to reinstate Paul as Carson Beckett into Season 5 of Stargate Atlantis, and we will renew our efforts in that regard!