Star Trek Captain Pike, Bruce Greenwood, has signed on to one of the fatherly roles in the Endless Love remake from director Shana Feste (Country Strong), according to a Tuesday report from The Wrap.
The film centers on two star-crossed teenagers, who fall in love from different sides of the track. The female character will be played by Gabriella Wilde, stepping in for the 1981 version’s Brooke Shields.
Alex Pettyfer will play the male character, a blue-collar boy, who is disapproved of by his lover’s father. Pettyfer is taking over for Martin Hewitt, and Greenwood will take on the role of Wilde’s father.
(Pettyfer’s will be played by former T-1000 Robert Patrick.)
Since Bruce Greenwood won the role of Star Trek Captain Pike in the 2009 J.J. Abrams reboot, both actor and character have received something of a boost.
In Trek lore, Pike appeared in the pilot episode of the original series (entitled “The Cage”). That footage was later spliced into a two-parter during the original run (“The Menagerie: Parts I and II”).
Abrams used Pike a bit more in Star Trek 2009, and Greenwood will reprise the role in Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens a day earlier than originally planned on May 16.
Greenwood’s turn as the Captain has launched him into the mainstream after a long and respected career on TV and film as a character actor that goes back to 1977’s The Beachcombers, according to IMDb.
As for the Endless Love remake, the two leads were announced in the second half of March. In spite of the original film’s critical drubbing, it was wildly successful at the box office.
Considering that teenagers will go see things like Step Up 4, a second interpretation of the Scott Spencer novel shouldn’t have a difficult time earning its money back. Here’s a teaser of the first film to get you up to speed:
What do you think about Bruce Greenwood as Star Trek Captain Pike? And do you think lending support to the Endless Love remake is a wise career move or a step back?