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Simon Pegg to play Scotty in ‘Trek’

'Hot Fuzz' star added to J.J. Abrams film

Paramount Pictures is beaming up Simon Pegg to play Scotty in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.”

Pegg joins Eric Bana, Anton Yelchin, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy in the latest bigscreen incarnation of the classic TV series.

Penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the story chronicles the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members during their time at Starfleet Academy. Chris Pine has been offered the role of Kirk.

Paramount has set a November start date for the film, which will bow on Christmas Day 2008.

Abrams and Stratton Leopold are producing, while Kurtzman and Orci will exec produce alongside Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof.

Pegg, whose recent credits include “Hot Fuzz,” will star in the upcoming satire “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.”

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