Before I begin, I must warn you that this is only "inside scoop" and, so far, is not fact. I will say that IGN usually has some pretty good sources (although their sources, as well as Latino Review's, once backed a rumor that J.J. Abrams was not directing Trek XI ... which was later debunked by IGN and, eventually, turned out to be false). With that said, those IGN folks now claim to have the scoop on who the current frontrunners are for the roles of young Kirk, young Spock, young McCoy and young Sulu in Star Trek XI -- and, I must say, it is indeed an interesting list.
Contrary to what Matt Damon (or his people) have been saying, IGN tells us the actor is "indeed in talks with Paramount about playing the role of Jim Kirk." Not only that, but Adrien Brody (King Kong) is being looked at for the long-faced Mr. Spock, while Gary Sinise might be stepping into Dr. McCoy's shoes. Taking over for George Takei, IGN has learned that Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) is being eyed for the part. Wow ... that's a lot to take in. But, honestly, it all makes sense. I've already warmed up to the Damon idea, and think he would make for a perfect Kirk. Gary Sinise is a wonderful character actor, and could definitely play a convincing McCoy. Brody? Well ... that's a tough one; he certainly looks the part, but does he have what it takes to own it? Seeing as I am far from a master of all things Trek, I'll let you Trekkies (or Trekkers) take over here. Is this potential cast a tad too Hollywood-ized for you? Would you be happier with a lesser known group of actors? Thoughts? Concerns?