Production on director J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated (and frustratingly delayed) Star Trek 2 is getting underway, which means there’s been a flurry of casting announcements recently.

Thespians such as Alice Eve and Peter Weller have signed up for important supporting roles in the film, alongside Noel Clarke (a.k.a. Mickey on Doctor Who) and the increasingly-popular Benedict Cumberbatch – who is thought to be playing either one of the sci-fi sequel’s secondary villains or its primary antagonist, taking the place of former candidate Benicio Del Toro.

EW has learned that the latest addition to Star Trek 2’s cast is India-born actress Nazneen Contractor, who will portray the wife of Clarke’s “family man” character. Contractor is best known for her turn as Kayla Hassan during the eighth (and final) season of 24.

It goes without saying: this is (seemingly) a pretty minor casting update. All the same, Contractor being hired on is yet another piece to the puzzle that is the Star Trek sequel’s storyline, which remains firmly under wraps (for now). The writer responsible for the Trek tie-in comic book series has revealed that certain issues contain “thematic foreshadowing” for the film; still, it’s pretty much anyone’s guess as to what exactly that entails.

Abrams, along with the Trek sequel writing team of Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Roberto Orci, has an overall solid track record, so there’s little reason to doubt the quality of the project, in that regard. Plus, with the primary new Trek cast ready to return (including, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, and Simon Pegg) there’s all the more reason to suspect the film will satisfy fans of the 2009 Trek franchise reboot.

Star Trek 2 (not the official title) will be released in 2D and post-converted 3D in theaters around the U.S. on May 17th, 2013.

Source: Entertainment Weekly