The Star Trek movies are the ultimate celebrity camouflage - whether you’re glueing a bucket of prosthetics to your forehead or popping up as a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it ‘red shirt’ death scene of implosion-y proportions, it’s the perfect franchise for celebs both established and new to test their sci-fi wares.
With Star Trek: Beyond hitting Sky Cinema from Friday 14th April, and full of celeb cameos itself (just check out Community’s Danny Pudi and Fast & Furious 6’s Kim Kold in director Justin Lin’s tweet below), there’s no greater time to flag up some of the movie and TV show’s greatest A-Lister appearances you may not have spotted the first time around.
1. Bryan Singer - Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
The only thing more entertaining than Tom Hardy’s hammy big break in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis? The Usual Suspect and X-Men director Bryan Singer’s random cameo as a tactical officer on the Enterprise. One minute he’s directing Stewart as Professor Xavier of the X-Men, the next he’s being ordered around by him on the deck on an interplanetary spaceship. BFF goals.
Star Trek: Nemesis is available now on Sky Cinema
2. Christian Slater - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
80s heartthrob Slater appeared in 1991’s sixth Star Trek feature film, as a night-duty officer. It was a cameo of such ridiculous irrelevance, that fans decided to do the only thing you could conceivably do - re-edit using rather unkind sound effects.
We have no idea either.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is available now on Sky Cinema
3. Ron Perlman - Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Ron Perlman has made a career out of hiding his gorgeously crumpled mug amidst a larder of make-up (hello Hellboy), but it’s still a surprise to note that he starred as the Reman Viceroy in The Next Generation crew’s last big-screen adventure.
4. Bill Hader - Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Most sci-fi nerds now know that Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader helped craft the bleeps and bloops of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ most adorable character, BB-8. But few will know that he already helped Episode VII’s director JJ Abrams with similar work on his previous apocalyptic sci-fi action-fest, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Listen to the computer voice informing Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan of the myriad traumas affecting his crashing ship the Vengeance - hello Hader.
Star Trek Into Darkness is available now on Netflix
5. Adam Scott - Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Parks & Recreation’s Ben Wyatt was the ultimate adorable geek, and so it’s somewhat nerdgasming to see a pre-mega-fame Adam Scott pop up briefly in 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact as the Conn Officer on the USS Defiant.
Star Trek: First Contact is available now on Sky Cinema
6. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson - Star Trek: Voyager
Before The Rock became Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, this aspiring WWE star adorned a bobbly headed prosthetic and skimpy budget Fifty Shades outfit to play a Pentari champion (read: angry alien fighter-man) in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tsunkatse”.
Star Trek: Voyager is available to stream now on Netflix
7. Kelsey Grammer - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Hey baby, I hear the blues a-callin’, tossed salad and scrambled… intergalactic paradoxical temporal sci-fi dramas! Yep, Frasier himself - Mr Kelsey Grammer - starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Cause and Effect” as Captain Morgan Bateson, a Captain of the USS Bozeman, a federation ship trapped in a time loop.
Star Trek: The Next Generation is available to stream now on Netflix
8. Christopher Lloyd - Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
Christopher ‘Back to the Future Doc Brown’ Lloyd is no stranger to the world of sci-fi maguffinry, so it was a delight for fans to see him on-screen, throwing out guttural bad guy growls as Klingon Commender Kruge.
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock is available now on Sky Cinema