In the first piece of solid news to come out of J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek production, it's being reported that actor Zachary Quinto is in the final stages of negotiations to play the legendary role of Spock. As fans of the hit NBC series Heroes will be well aware, Quinto recently starred as Sylar, though he has also featured in roles on 24, CSI and Six Feet Under.
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