London-born actress Alice Eve has previously come very close to playing important female characters in a handful of recent (and upcoming) blockbuster comic book movies, including that of Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class, Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Faora in the Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel. However, the She’s Out of My League starlet was ultimately not involved with any of those projects.

Eve will appear in next year’s Men in Black III – and now she also looks to have joined another new installment in a very lucrative sci-fi series, namely Star Trek 2 (a.k.a. J.J. Abrams’ untitled followup to his 2009 Trek franchise reboot).

Variety is reporting that Eve has not yet secured an official deal to appear in Abrams’ new Star Trek movie; she is said to be all but locked for the film, at this point. The actress is also (purportedly) portraying a character who has never been featured in the Trek universe before – unlike Benicio Del Toro, who still remains the front-runner to play an antagonistic figure that insiders say will be “someone familiar to Trekkies.”

Casting for Abrams’ sequel is by and large complete at this point, what with the primary cast of the 2009 Trek reboot set to return for the U.S.S. Enterprise’s new (cinematic) voyage. There is only one additional significant role yet to be cast: “another villain” who is subservient to the character that Del Toro is being considered for.

Most Trek fans already have their minds made up about the quality of the new incarnations of characters like James Tiberius Kirk or Spock (played by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, respectively). Thus, there will be all the more interest in what people like Eve and Del Toro bring to the table, in terms of how they affect the dynamic between the members of the (rebooted) Enterprise crew in this new Star Trek flick.

The new crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’

It was recently confirmed that the Star Trek followup will be released (and, almost definitely, shot) in the 3D format. While that news has prompted an overall (somewhat) mixed-to-positive reaction, this does read as the sort of film that could benefit from the extra dimension. Locations like the interiors and main bridge of the Enterprise – or the CGI exteriors of outer space – could look quite visually-impressive in 3D, if filmed correctly.

The plot of the Trek sequel remains entirely under wraps, so it’s pretty much impossible to draw any solid preliminary conclusions about the film’s potential thematic quality (at this juncture). However, given that screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Roberto Orci have crafted good material in the past – and have spent a good chunk of 2011 fine-tuning the story for the film – early signs are indeed encouraging.

Principal photography on Star Trek 2 is slated to begin by January 2012. The film will hit theaters around the U.S. on May 17th, 2013.

Source: Variety