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Star Trek IV Nearly Had a Role For Eddie Murphy

Sometimes the stories behind films are far stranger than their actual plot lines, and that certainly seems to be the case with 1986's "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, original screenwriters Steve Meerson and Peter Krikes wrote about 10 outlines for the film before one was eventually approved that included a role for Eddie Murphy, who still basking in the success of his 1984 comedy "Beverly Hills Cop."

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As Emerson recalled, "The original draft included a part for Eddie Murphy. 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's role was to be a Berkeley astrophysicist, but the proposed deal fell through before the start of filming. Meerson and Peter Krikes' script was rewritten (although how extensive these rewrites were is a matter of some disagreement), and the character was replaced by marine biologist Gillian Taylor, played by Catherine Hicks, who served as Captain Kirk's love interest.

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And now "Trek" fans are left to wonder at the alternate universe in which Murphy's character appeared in "The Voyage Home," and enjoyed a dinner out with Kirk.

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