ByRoAnna Sylver, writer at
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Hello, awesome movie fans! Today I want to show you something really cool that's coming up in 2015. But first, I want to tell you exactly how I found out about it (because that's also pretty cool).

On November 8th, I was lucky enough to be an exhibitioner at the Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma, WA, promoting my first published novel, Chameleon Moon along with my publisher, The Zharmae Publishing Press. It was a small but lively venue full of awesome fans and creators displaying gorgeous art, fun cosplays and just having a great time. It was really exciting and significant for a baby author like me - I met a lot of great people, in particular somebody pretty amazing.

Con logo designed by artist Shane White
Con logo designed by artist Shane White

That somebody was Battlestar Galactica alum Richard Hatch!

Image from the JCCS official guest announcement
Image from the JCCS official guest announcement

If you're a sci-fi fan, Richard Hatch is somebody you might want to know about, if you don't already:

Richard Hatch is best known for his roles in both the original as well as re-imagined versions of Battlestar Galactica, as well as for his tireless attempts keep the series alive in the public consciousness, notably in the form of his promotional trailer, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, as well as in a number of critically acclaimed novels.

His exhibition booth happened to be right next to Zharmae's, and we were within eyeshot of each other all day. Here he is, seen with BG co-star Dirk Benedict... and a very cool unidentified cosplayer.

Benedict on the left, Hatch in the middle.
Benedict on the left, Hatch in the middle.

After the con wrapped, he was considerate enough to take the time out of his busy day to talk to me me a little. I told him about my book - and he told me all about an upcoming film in which he's appearing and promoting: Star Trek Axanar, which will premiere in 2015. He was incredibly warm, polite and passionate about his project, and I thought it was so cool I had to write an article and share it with all of you.

From the official site:

Star Trek: Axanar is a ground breaking independent film that proves the idea that a studio doesn’t need to spend millions of dollars to produce a feature quality production. Axanar will be the first non-CBS/Paramount produced Star Trek to look and feel like a true Star Trek movie.

Now here's the important part!

The film won't be released until 2015 - but we still have something really cool to enjoy for now. The main story is preceded the 21-minute Prelude to Axanar, which is fully completed and watchable below. I very strongly suggest checking out the video, because it is gorgeous, powerful and engaging, and I loved every second of it.

Our 21-minute short film, Prelude to Axanar, premiered Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at San Diego Comic Con and features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham, who reprises his role of Soval from "Enterprise". The makeup was done by Academy Award winner Kevin Haney and Star Trek veteran Brad Look and Make Up Effects Lab. Top that off with the amazing visual effects of Tobias Richter and The Light Works, and sound by Academy Award winner Frank Serafine, and the result is Prelude to Axanar: something unlike anything you have ever seen before. We have our loyal donors to thank for this!

The visuals are great; the effects look every bit as good to me as big-budget CGI. I loved the music and particularly the documentary-like filming. "Prelude" is an intense, interview-style production that recalls the of the horrors of war. I didn't expect to be hit as hard as I was, but Axanar got my attention and gave me goosebumps.

Axanar is powerful. In the right hands - and I'm confident we have them in this crew - this film can be awe-inspiring. I can't wait.

I hope you enjoyed Prelude to Axanar as much as I did. As a lifelong Star Trek fan, I'm really happy to see the classic stories continuing alongside the reboot. The future of Star Trek looks bright.

You can check out a ton more resources and pictures at Star Trek: Axanar's official Facebook. And while the monetary goal has been reached and then some, the official Kickstarter is still up and running. I'm sure they wouldn't mind further support!

Now, have a look at some of the stars of the upcoming film!

Richard Hatch as Klingon Supreme Commander Kharn

Thanks so much for telling me about this, Mr. Hatch
Thanks so much for telling me about this, Mr. Hatch
As the Klingon general in Axanar, Richard Hatch is excited to be a part of the extended Star Trek universe, which inspired him as a young actor when he first encountered the original series. Kharn is the most senior Klingon Commander: A warrior tempered with wisdom. Noble, fierce, and utterly dedicated to the Empire.

I loved seeing him in the video - he's cold, ruthless terrifying, and there couldn't be a bigger contrast to the warm, genuine guy he seems to be in person.

Gary Graham as Vulcan Ambassador Soval

We’re thrilled to have Gary with us as he will be reprising his role of the Vulcan Ambassador Soval, whom he previously played on Star Trek: Enterprise. He is also the author of Acting & Other Flying Lessons: A practical guide to acting on a film set.

Kate Vernon as Captain Sonya Alexander

Queen of the Federation. Minus a few words.
Queen of the Federation. Minus a few words.
Kate has had an amazing career spanning more than three decades, from 80′s classics Pretty in Pink and Falcon Crest, to her recent renoun as Ellen Tigh on Battlestar Galactica, and as Vanessa Wheeler on Heroes. In Axanar, Kate will be Captain Sonya Alexander:Sonya is a firebrand and hard driver, she has a reputation as not wanting command of anything more than her ship. Second only to Garth in the number of Klingon ships destroyed.

Tony Todd as Admiral Marcus Ramirez

What a speech. Hair-raising!
What a speech. Hair-raising!
Tony Todd will be forever memorable from his titular role from the Candyman horror franchise, but science fiction fans will also remember him from his vast array of roles. He’s been a character on all three of the Star Trek: The Next Generation era series, including the recurring character of Worf’s younger brother, Kurn. His roles on Babylon 5, X-Files, and Stargate SG-1 have made him a respected figure within the sci-fi genre. We’re thrilled to have Tony joining Axanar where his firm determination and strength as Admiral Ramirez, supreme commander of Starfleet.

JG Hertzler as Captain Samuel Travis

John has played a wide range of characters during his tenure on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. Having been alternatively a Klingon, Vulcan, Hirogen, and a shape shifter, he brings a great background of experience in characterization to the cast of Axanar.

Garrett Wang as Klingon Captain Morrock

Wang doesn't have an official bio-blurb on the Axanar site, but he'll be familiar to Star Trek: Voyager fans. He played Ensign Harry Kim for 7 seasons, and went on to continue acting on the big and small screen, including further Star Trek projects. I wasn't able to find an image of him in his Klingon makeup, so that's something else I'm excited to see!

Alec Peters as Captain Kelvar Garth

The leader and visionary of the Axanar project, Alec is the epitome of someone who discovers their calling and succeeds in pursuing it. His passion for Star Trek in particular has led him to become a producer and actor. Alec had a cameo appearance as Garth of Izar in the Star Trek Phase II episode “Origins” which lead to the development of “Axanar”, which will explore the legend of the man who Captain Kirk considered his personal hero.

This all looks incredible, and I'm deeply grateful to Mr. Richard Hatch for taking the time to tell me about Star Trek: Axanar - both for me, and everyone who I hope checks it out after reading this article!

...And before you go, here's moviepilot contributor and author of this article, RoAnna Sylver, at the Zharmae Publishing Press's booth. (Second from left, very red and sparkly!) Thanks so much for reading!

Rock on, guys!
Rock on, guys!

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