Before it was officially announced a few weeks ago that Paramount Pictures is moving forward with their fourth Star Trek film with the Kelvin cast returning, there was a time when Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley was working on his own Star Trek film which would have featured new characters. While the plot details were under wraps, the project almost got close to production until it was put on hold by the studio. Now, years later, a very interesting detail has emerged from the canceled project which would have seen an Oscar winner starring in it.
According to Fangoria's Brandon Wainerdi, during his recent encounter with Hawley at the South by Southwest Festival, the filmmaker revealed to him that Cate Blanchett was supposed to star in his canceled Star Trek movie. He didn't provide more details regarding the role that the Oscar-winning actress could have played in the film.
It is unfortunate to hear that we never got a chance to see a Star Trek film starring Cate Blanchett. As a two-time Oscar winner, she would have been a great lead for a Star Trek film and perhaps she could have played a captain of a Starfleet ship which would have been awesome to see. She's also no stranger to movie franchises as she previously played Hela in Thor: Ragnarok and Galadriel in the Middle-Earth films. It is also worth noting that the canceled project was supposed to shoot in Australia, which is the actress' home country.
Now that we are a few years after the project was put on hold and the studio is moving forward with a different Star Trek project, fans can't still help but think about what Hawley's project could have been. Given his works on Legion and Fargo, we can bet that the film could have been great, especially with an actress of a caliber like Blanchett starring in it. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will see the project get a new life in the future and all we can do is lament on the missed opportunity.
Paramount Pictures is currently working on a fourth Star Trek film starring the original Kelvin cast and it seems that the franchise won't be working on other iterations given that their market research suggested that bringing them back is their best option moving forward. As for Hawley, he has jumped to another science-fiction franchise as he is currently working on FX's Alien TV series. One can only hope that Hawley and the studio will decide to revisit the project again in the future.
The fourth Star Trek is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on December 22, 2023.