For those of us who have been reading comics since the ‘60s, we know of Stan Lee as the writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics, and co-creator of most of the Silver Age comic book characters that founded the core of the Marvel pantheon, and helped revive comics during that era, essentially pulling them back from the brink of extinction. To those of you late-comers, you know of him as the guy who keeps popping up in all of those great Marvel Studios blockbuster films. Well now, in addition to being the front man for all thing comics, Stan is about to add a new chapter to his ever-evolving career, he is set to join the cast of the upcoming new Star Trek TV film. Yep, that’s right, The Indie production Star Trek Equinox, The Night of Time has just raised the level of Geek expectation with the announcement of the addition of the legendary Marvel Comics frontman, Stan Lee.
According to official sources, the former editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, has agreed to be a part of the independent Star Trek production, Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time. Lee, who has spent much of the last decade occasionally writing comics and mostly appearing in cameos in the various films based upon the iconic characters that he helped create has just indicated that he will be joining the Star Trek Equinox cast as a principal actor, playing an as yet unnamed Star Trek character. According to a spokesperson from the production, Stan will not only be appearing in the “First Look” extended trailer of Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time — which is scheduled to begin principal filming towards the end of May 2014 — but he will also be appearing in the full length production, which is tentatively scheduled to film during the summer of 2014.
As it has already been widely reported, the series stars Star Trek Alums John Savage and Gary Lockwood along with Trek Newcomers, Blanca Blanco as Vulcan officer LT T’Lexa, and former WWE star Matt Striker as a Romulan Commander. Additional stars for the series include Samantha Lockwood (Shoot the Hero) who will portray Nurse Christine Roddenberry and Tommy Denucci (Army of the Damned) as Lt. Magnus. The project is currently in preproduction with a set locked down in Kingsland, GA and principal photography due to begin during the first week of June.
Plans are for the production company develop a 48-minute pilot with an additional 28 minutes that is intended to be used as a director’s cut which can be added back into the pilot or turn it into a feature film. The script is by Camren T. Burton, and will fully meld with established Trek chronology (The Night of Time story has Captain Ransom (Savage) returning to the Alpha Quadrant from the Delta Quadrant after being held captive by the Krowtonan Guard for 15 years as well as being shot back 150 years into the past).
Needless to say, the entire team behind The Night of Time is thrilled beyond measure to add Stan Lee to the cast of the production, “We are all looking forward to working with Star Trek’s newest member.” A spokesperson told us. To which, all we can say, is “Excelsior!”
Robert J. Sodaro has been writing professionally for some 30+ years. He came of age not only watching TV, but reading comicbooks and going to the movies. Subscribe to receive regular articles and reviews about TV programs.