Wednesday news round-up: Phoo Action, Star Trek and Indy

NEWSFLASH!
The BBC has announced the cast for Phoo Action, its live-action take on Jamie "Gorillaz/Tank Girl" Hewlett's comic strip Get the Freebies. Hero Terry Phoo (a Buddhist kung fu cop) will be played by American actor Eddie Shin (a veteran of ER and That '80s Show), while sidekick Whitey Action will be brought to the screen by Jaime "daughter of Ray" Winstone. Rocky fans will also be delighted to hear that Apollo Creed himself, AKA Carl Weathers, has signed up to play chief of police (and Whitey's dad), Benjamin Benson. The one-hour show is set in a 2012 where London is (according to the press release) "in the grip of mutant criminals". Sounds right up our street...

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JJ Abrams' new-look Enterprise crew is starting to take shape - he's got a Spock, a Chekov and now an Uhura. As rumoured last week, Zoe Saldana (you might recognise her from the first Pirates of the Caribbean film) will be slipping into that famous red dress alongside a pointy-eared Zachary Quinto and the genuinely Russian Anton Yelchin. In the meantime, though, Saldana's got to attend to the small matter of wrapping up James Cameron's epic Avatar - could she be SF's new it girl? The search for Kirk continues, however...

NEWSFLASH!
And finally a little bit of Indiana Jones news for you. George Lucas has done some talking to TV Guide and revealed that Sean Connery was only ever going to be a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and that someone else (a "great actor" apparently) will fulfil Indy's dad's role in the movie without being Henry Jones Sr. Read more here ...