An internal Paramount memo that details the front-runners for the lead roles for The Next Generation has surfaced online, and it's full of wonderful surprises. The fact that Snipes was considered to play Geordi, and probably auditioned for Gene Roddenberry, is probably the biggest surprise. But it's also interesting to note that Yaphet Kotto was considered for the role of Captain Picard and Denise Crosby, who played Tahsa Yar, almost landed the role of Deanna Troi.
Several other interesting names pop up in the memo, including Star Trek Voyager's Tuvok, Tim Russ, who was also on the short list for Geordi, and Swamp Thing actor Mark Lindsay Chapman, who almost nabbed the role of Riker.
Check out the memo while I try to imagine Wesley Snipes babbling about dilithium crystals and never getting laid on the Enterprise, ever.