Mark Wahlberg was also approached for the role. Winona Kirk, Kirk's mother, is played by Jennifer Morrison. Greg Ellis plays Chief Engineer Olson, the redshirt who is killed during the space jump. James Cawley , producer and star of the web series Star Trek: The Next Generation, was brought in, through urging by Greg Grunberg, to voice several of the other Romulans in the film. He suggested the film canonize his novels where Kirk is resurrected , but Abrams decided if his character was accompanying Nimoy's, it would have become a film about the resurrection of Kirk, and not about introducing the new versions of the characters.
Roddenberry rejected Bennett's prequel proposal in , after the completion of Star Trek V: The film that was commissioned instead ended up being Star Trek VI: In February , after the financial failure of the tenth film, Star Trek: Nemesis , and the cancellation of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise , the franchise's executive producer Rick Berman and screenwriter Erik Jendresen began developing a new film entitled Star Trek: It was to revolve around a new set of characters, led by Kirk's ancestor Tiberius Chase, and be set during the Earth-Romulan War —after the events of Enterprise but before the events of the original series.
Gail Berman , then president of Paramount, convinced CBS' chief executive, Leslie Moonves , to allow them eighteen months to develop a new Star Trek film, otherwise Paramount would lose the film rights.
Impossible III writers Orci and Kurtzman for ideas on the new film, and after the film had completed shooting she asked their director, Abrams, to produce it.
Nemesis because he felt the franchise had "disconnected" from the original series. He also acknowledged that as a child he had actually preferred the Star Wars movies. I didn't love Kirk and Spock when I began this journey — but I love them now.
Kirk and Spock are opposites from two worlds. That's us in a nutshell. We're drawn to each by what each of us lacks. The story of this film is about two guys who are such opposites that they might end up strangling each other but instead they bond and thrive together.
We can go warp speed together. The Next Generation set in Kirk's service on Farragut, a major backstory point to the original episode " Obsession ", was left out because it was deemed irrelevant to the story of Kirk meeting Spock, although Orci felt nothing in his script precluded it from the new film's backstory.
The Wrath of Khan as a child, but it was dropped because the film needed more time to introduce the core characters. The line was difficult to write and was ultimately cut out. Orci had sent the fan art to Abrams to show how realistic the film could be. Abrams' grandfather, as well as the physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin William Thomson. Orci theorized the fictional character was born in Cuba and grew up in the Middle East.
Abrams created the fictitious drink for Alias and it reappeared in viral marketing for Cloverfield. Its owner, Tagruato, is also from Cloverfield and appears on a building in San Francisco. Thus the production design had to be consistent with the television series but also feel more advanced than the real world technology developed after it. That must go if it's going to be something that you believe is real.
Another prop recreated for the film was the tricorder. Bobbitt brought the original prop to the set, but the actors found it too large to carry when filming action scenes, so technical advisor Doug Brody redesigned it to be smaller.
The viewscreen was made into a window that could have images projected on it to make the space environment palpable. Abrams compared the redesign to the sleek modernist work of Pierre Cardin and the sets from A Space Odyssey , which were from the s.
At the director's behest, more railings were added to the bridge to make it look safer,  and the set was built on gimbals so its rocking motions when the ship accelerates and is attacked was more realistic. For the Starfleet uniforms , Kaplan followed the show's original color-coding, with dark gray almost black undershirts and pants and colored overshirts showing each crew member's position. Command officers wear gold shirts, science and medical officers wear blue, and operations technicians, engineers, and security personnel wear red.
Kaplan wanted the shirts to be more sophisticated than the originals and selected to have the Starfleet symbol patterned on them. But how do you make legitimate those near-primary color costumes? Their ship, Narada, is purely practical with visible mechanics as it is a "working ship", unlike the Enterprise crew who give a respectable presentation on behalf of the Federation.
The ship's interior was made of six pieces that could be rearranged to create a different room. Neville Page wanted to honor that by having Nero's crew ritually scar themselves too, forming keloids reminiscent of the 'V'-ridges. It was abandoned as they did not pursue the idea enough. Kaplan tracked down the makers of those clothes, who were discovered to be based in Bali , and commissioned them to create his designs.
Abrams deemed the scene too similar to the cantina sequence in Star Wars and decided to dot the designs around the film. The filmmakers expressed an interest in Iceland for scenes on Delta Vega, but decided against it: Chambliss enjoyed the challenge of filming scenes with snow in southern California.
Other Vulcan exteriors were shot at Vasquez Rocks , a location that was used in various episodes of the original series.