When the trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released last December there is little doubt that the executives at Paramount were abundantly aware of the “less than enthusiastic” feedback that could be found all over in both the entertainment news and social media. Now, with barely four months until the movie is to be released, Deadline is reporting that the movie will be undergoing some reshoots. While this is not exactly a rarity (although this late in the game does raise some eyebrows) in the movie making business, the fact that a new character has been added is very much out of the ordinary.
Shohreh Aghdashloo (Rosewater, 24) has been cast in the film, and she is slated to play the “High Command of the Federation.” Why she is joining the movie at this late date is uncertain, and rumors are flying all over, ranging from the movie is in desperate needs of retooling, to the possibility that she’s replacing another actor.
What is known about Aghdashloo is that she’s a highly regarded actress. She was the first Iranian actress to win an Emmy Award in 2009, and she does presently appear in The Expanse on SyFy. However fans may recognize her as Dr. Kavita Rao from X-Men: The Last Stand from 2008. In any case, regardless of whatever public opinion may say regarding the Star Trek franchise that began in 2009 with the reboot from J.J. Abrams, and with the even greater criticism that was leveled at Paramount with their Beyond trailer, that some say resembled a cross between Guardians of the Galaxy and Fast and Furious (the latter also having been helmed by Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin), there is some hope that bringing on board such a strong actress as Aghdashloo that Paramount firmly believes in this film, and that it will not only perform well in the box office, but that it will satisfy Star Trek fans everywhere.
What was your reaction when you learned about this reshoot and the addition of Shohreh Aghdashloo to the cast of Star Trek Beyond? Does it give you a sense of hope for this film now, or does it fill you with dread? What about her role as High Command of the Federation?
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