Star Trek Beyond has added Rosewater‘s Shohreh Aghdashloo as a Federation official and is currently reshooting some scenes.
Deadline is reporting that Shoreh Aghdashloo has been added to the cast of Star Trek Beyond.
Shohreh Aghdashloo is best known for her role in Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, but now it looks like she is suiting up as a high ranking official of the Federation of Planets. Shohreh Aghdashloo is a very talented actress, and the first Iranian woman to win an Emmy. Aghdashloo as a high ranking admiral of Starfleet, or a big time Federation diplomat as is rumored, would be fantastic.
It’s safe to say that Paramount and the Star Trek Beyond team are taking the poor reaction to the movie’s first trailer, and possibly their focus groups, very seriously. Big movies don’t usually add whole new characters this late in production, but reshoots are fairly normal. So you shouldn’t necessarily take Star Trek Beyond getting some last minute touches as bad news.
Just this week we were wondering why we hadn’t heard more about Beyond at this point; if they are changing the direction of the story a bit though it makes sense to put a pause on promotion.
Director Justin Lin has said that he wants Star Trek Beyond to take the franchise back to its roots… we also have to be realistic here though. The Star Trek movies are big time blockbuster movies, with big time blockbuster budgets; they have to make money. If the studio puts out something that is just for fans the film may not appeal to a large general audience. If the studio loses the franchises fanbase however that can be a serious misstep too. It’s a tricky line to walk, but it can be done, as proved by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
You’re never going to get a movie that all the fans love, but we’re hoping for a Star Trek movie that manages to please most fans and a large general audience.