We almost had a very different fake, nerdy, preachy 24th-century, everyone. Letters of Note found this 1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation casting memo on Slice of Sci-Fi that reveals what other actors were in-line to make up the Enterprise, and it just turned my old after-school rerun watching experience upside down. Yaphet Kotto as Picard? Wesley Snipes as Geordi? Reggie Jackson as Geordi? Tuvok as Geordi? YES. Look at all these hypothetical crew members:
TO: JOHN PIKE DATE: APRIL 13, 1987 FROM: JOHN FERRARO SUBJECT: STAR TREK/Casting
Per your request, following is a list of actors who are being considered for their respective roles in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
Mark Lindsay Chapman
Kevin Peter Hall (also for Geordi)
Kelvin Han Yee
Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Kevin Peter Hall
The above actors will be brought in to read for Gene Roddenberry starting next week. However, Patrick Bauchau did come in to read for Gene today for the role of "Picard." His reading was well received; he and Patrick Stewart seem to be the favorites for the role of "Picard."
For the role of "Ryker," Michael O'Gorman seems to be a favorite. He's sort of an atypical choice for the role, however, a good one.
Denise Crosby seems to be the only possibility for the role of "Troi" at this point; the same for J.D. Roth for the role of "Wesley."
There are several contenders for "Tasha," "Geordi," and "Data." However, Rosalind Chao seems to be a favorite for "Tasha"; Reggie Jackson for "Geordi"; and Mark Lindsay Chapman for "Data."
For the role of "Beverly," Cheryl McFadden is the favorite. However, her schedule may pose a problem. She's currently performing in a play in San Diego.
General reading sessions are continuing; our next one is on April 14.
cc: Jeff Hayes
Just what we all needed: more nerd trivia that there will never be a valid reason to bring up.