3 Facts About A Star-Trek Movie With Eddie Murphy As A Lead!
3. Possible Star Trek Roles Considered for Murphy
Nimoy’s autobiography is a great source for this purpose. It mentions some of the possible roles that Murphy could have played: a college professor who is studying whales, a con artist, or even a “psychic investigator” (something of a conspiracy theorist and investigator) television host who suspects that aliens are walking around on Earth and follows the Enterprise crew to try to prove correct his theory.
Eventually it was decided that none of these roles would make the most of Murphy’s vast talents and he moved on to a different project. The script was tweaked for Catherine Hicks who was casted as the main 20th-century character: a cetacean biologist named Gillian Taylor.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed in the Star Trek film series. One does wonder if it might have worked out differently had Eddie Murphy come on board – a bigger success for all involved or perhaps the sort of mistake that ends careers and ruins many a franchise? One does wonder.