ngc7293, I'm pretty sure somebody did mention Nathan Fillion. The problem I have with that is could he make me forget about Malcom Reynolds if he took on another captains role in another scifi show.
Well, I'm still not going to sit all day and read 20 pages
Anyway there have been great actors from very memorable shows that did a good job of playing a different character. One was Spike on Torchwood and he didn't remind me of Spike. If an actor is good and is given a good script to work with I don't see why He or she can't do a good job of making you forget about that role they are known for.
Keenu Reeves is known for Neo but he has played so many other roles and he doesn't get the "that reminds me of Neo" thinking.
Now granted we are talking about Trek so there is no chance in Hell of getting good writing so you are probably write that this actor will be reminded of Mal.
I'm glad you brought that up, I didn't even think about James Marsters as a potential captain! lol
I'm not sure that Spike and John Hart are comparable characters, but I understand your point. Marsters is a hell of an actor who's played a wide range of characters, from vampire to terrorist.
I may even not be as informed as I should be in discounting Fillion as a possible trek captain, I've really only ever seen him in Buffy, Firefly, and 2 or three episodes of Castle. But at the same time, trek tv has been accused of being unoriginal so much lately, I'd hate to see whoever ends up producing the next series go "Hey! Let's get Nathan Fillion! He's already played an awesome captain."