'Doctor Who' Wants to Play in the 'Stars' with J.J. Abrams
Now that Matt Smith's nearing the end of his "Doctor Who" travels, he's ready to launch into another dimension: somewhere far, far away with J.J. Abrams.
Yep, while paying a visit to Comic-Con to say what's up to all the Whovians who made way to San Diego this year, Smith also chatted about his interest in playing a piece in one of those space movie games* Abrams is juggling right about now ... and, hey, the doc knows beggars can't be choosers, so he'd be delighted to be in either "Star Trek 3" movie or "Star Wars: Episode VII."
To be fair, this wasn't just some off-the-cuff
solicitation statement on Smith's part. No. Because it was at Comic-Con, where all-things-nerdy are totally on the table during these panel events, the subject of "Star" business was first brought up by someone in the crowd.
Answering a question as to whether he'd learn Vulcan for "Trek 3," Smith said, "Yeah, I would [work with] J.J. ... or 'Star Wars.' So, just putting it out there." Throwing in the "Star Wars" bid was probably smart, since as far as we know, its cast is still being pieced together, and it's shooting next year in Smiths' home turf.
Apparently, Smith's eager to work with the sci-fi director because he's a big fan of Abrams' Trekkie technique. "I love 'Star Trek' and I love J.J. Abrams," the oddly dreamy actor said. "What that man can do with a Steadicam is amazing."
He was also quick to point out the excellence of his fellow countryman Benedict Cumberbatch, who menacingly portrayed genocidal Khan in this summer's "Star Trek Into Darkness." "Ben's kind of done the English villain now, hasn't he?" Smith said. "And he was great in it." So where does that leave Matt Smith in the starry equation? Also, wouldn't "Doctor Who" crossing over into "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" trigger some kind of deadly nerd space-time continuum paradox?
Meanwhile, Matt Smith totes owned his little Bart Simpson get-up to go incognito for SDCC. So, there's that.