posted by George Takei on his Facebook wall about an hour ago:
Fan favorite George Takei as Captain Sulu

Fan favorite George Takei as Captain Sulu

Friends, I’m thrilled to share this news with you today. As announced at Emerald City Comicon, where I’m appearing this weekend, Paramount Pictures has green-lit a new Star Trek Movie entitled “Excelsior” in which I will play the captain. This announcement is part of Paramount Studio’s 100th-year anniversary campaign. The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in “The Undiscovered Country.” J.J. Abrams will direct, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.
My co-star in Allegiance, Paulo Montalban, has been cast opposite me to play the mercurial “Agha,” the grandson of Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban in the Second Star Trek Movie). Also featured are Gilbert Gottfried (playing a wily Ferengi First Officer) and Lisa Lampanelli (as a Bajoran security officer).

More to come on this breaking story soon. Thanks again for the years of support, and I’ll see you on the Bridge of “Excelsior.”

Ummm, yeah. Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, check. Look at calendar date, check..

But to give you some idea of how popular an idea of an Excelsior movie would have been, Takai got over 7,500 comments on this, and it had been shared with others on Facebook 4,500 times. I think Paramount missed a bet here.

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