snipesSo most of you know that Edward James Olmos almost ended up playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I get why he would've been on the short list for that role; it makes some kind of sense. But Wesley Snipes as Geordi La Forge? Willy Mays Hayes? Shadow Henderson? Frakkin' Blade as Geordi La Forge? It sounds crazy, but it almost happened.

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.

[via: Blastr]
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