6. Mudd’s Women
Plenty of fans – and non-fans, to boot – like the level of humour in Trek.
Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman brought lots of the funny to the first film, and there’s no reason the villain in the second movie couldn’t carry a less angsty, more comedic tone.
Nero was many things, but aside from his moment on the viewscreen (“Hi Christopher, I’m Nero...”), funny he was not.
One of the more beloved comical villains in the original series was Harcourt Fenton “Harry” Mudd, a con man and scoundrel who crossed paths with Kirk and the crew twice.
He’s gone on to have massive popularity, appearing in comic books and spin-off novels.
More recent rumour guff has seen Jack Black in “negotiations” for the role, but regular Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg (mind-reading cop on Heroes) has also mentioned he’d like to play the role.
“I would absolutely love to play Harry Mudd - that would be incredible,” he told Trek Movie.
“I would have to redefine the character and do it the way I see doing it, but that character to me has comedy and brings levity and I would be able to work with robotic chicks. How fun would that be?”
Fun? Yes. Robotic ladies? Maybe we’ll leave that bit in the ‘60s…
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