Actor was nearly cast in 1986's 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home'
It has been revealed that Eddie Murphy was nearly cast in a Star Trek film.
1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home recently marked its 30th anniversary, with the movie’s co-writer Steve Meerson speaking to The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that Murphy has a part in an original draft of the script, a move that executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg reportedly described as “either the best or worst idea in the world”
“It was always the same story that got approved, but the original draft included a part for Eddie Murphy,” Meerson said. “Eddie was on the lot at Paramount at the time and arguably was the biggest star in the world. They had told us he was a huge Star Trek fan.”
Murphy was set to play an “astrophysicist at Berkeley” but the idea was eventually dropped as the writing process became more “political”. Meerson continued: “At the beginning of the process, it was actually a lot of fun. As the process progressed, it became less fun, because it became more political. And I don’t say that with any bitterness. It’s just the way things work in all businesses. We began to feel like at a certain point that this was going to be taken away from us, which in fact, it was.”
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Eddie Murphy is set to play Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito’s brother in a Twins sequel film.