Following months of rumor and hearsay, the news comes just weeks after it was announced that Leonard Nimoy - who played the role of Spock from 1966 to 1991 - would be appearing in a cameo role in the new film.
So, will flashbacks play a role in the story? How will diehard fans respond to the re-casting of an original Star Trek icon? Will the news succeed in attracting new fans to a franchise now into its fifth decade? With Star Trek XI to feature at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, answers may not be too far away.
Now, I've got to be honest here: unless it involves the Borg, I completely and utterly despise the Star Trek franchise. I can't put my finger on it but, as a child, I was surrounded by a family of Trekkies - my Dad, most of all - and I just never 'got it'. Everything from the time travel to the aliens with interchangeable forehead bumps to the holodeck just bugged me. Then again, I've never been a big fan of pure science fiction anyway. I like fantasy sci-fi adventures like Star Wars and superhero flicks. Leave the verbose explanations at the door, please. The thing is, this J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof reboot has me intrigued. I love Lost, for starters and pretty much idolise Lindelof - so add that to my passing knowledge of Trek and I'm willing to let bygones be bygones and give it a go.
How the hardcore purists will take it is another deal entirely.
As for Quinto in the role, I like it. From what I've seen in Heroes, he's definitely got an appealing quality to him and certainly looks a little like a Vulcan. Besides, he's a crap load better choice than Ben Affleck - who was rumored to star as Spock alongside Matt Damon's Kirk.
Can anyone say 'retarded'?
Source: E! Online