A new movie trailer for The Principle, an upcoming documentary film focusing on geocentrism -- the cosmological philosophy which places Earth at the center of the known universe -- will feature Star Trek: Voyager actress Kate Mulgrew as narrator.
"Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong!", proclaims Mulgrew in the opening moments of the trailer, a statement which sparked a number of heated discussions among fans surprised to see the Trek veteran taking part in a feature promoting such a highly controversial topic.
The film's official site's description describes "astonishing new discoveries of Earth-oriented alignments" which are to be featured in the movie:
“The Principle”, destined to become one of the most controversial films of our time, brings before the public eye astonishing results from recent large-scale surveys of our universe: surveys which disclose unexpected evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, aligned with our supposedly insignificant Earth.
Mulgrew spoke out today about her involvement in the film, calling herself a "misinformed" participant cast simply as a "voice for hire."
"I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE.
Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE.
I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary.
I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused."
Bottom line: nobody panic. Captain Janeway doesn't really believe that modern science is all wrong... she just booked the wrong gig. While her overall role in the film is yet to be determined, remember that when it comes to voiceover work, participants can often have no idea of the overall tone or purpose of a production outside of their own area of participation.
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