On the subject of Rand in the movies, did someone still have an "agenda" against her? She's actually only in 2 movies and in both she displays incompetence or lack of intelligence in both.
I'm pretty sure the red haird GLW cameo in III was not Rand, unless she was borrowing the Captain she's sleeping with's rank pins.
For the record, I liked Rand, and thought they handled her original removal poorly, and the movies don't show her well.
Any notion of a Star Trek VII staring Captain Sulu really couldn't have been possible after that scene after Sulu talks to the Klingon in the begining.