You are here

Back to top

Star Trek 2 (2013): J.J. Abrams Wanted Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen For Movie

Matt McGloin
Posted: 04/14/2012 - 12:28

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1402:]]Seems the director of the upcoming Star Trek sequel, J. J. Abrams, is such a fan of chess that he wanted 21 year old Magnus Carlsen to play a future chess champion in the movie.

Magnus Carlsen, a Norwegian Chess grandmaster currently ranked number one in the world, received the request from J.J. Abrams after appearing on 60 minutes; however, due to problems getting a work Visa in time, had to decline.

Carlsen will be appearing April 24th on the Colbert Report, with the young chess champion quickly achieving celebrity status. Russian tycoons offered Magnus Carlsen a vast amount of money to play a game of chess, but the grandmaster turned the offer down citing how rather boring it would be. Magnus Carlsen, also a spokesperson/model for the G-Star clothing line, got that gig when Johnny Depp declined, and owns his own million dollar company, Magnus Chess AS, as well.

(Via ChessBase Via

The as-of-yet unnamed Star Trek sequel has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura,  Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov and John Cho as Hikaru Sulu.
Warp on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Trek Movie Hub for more news.