Peter Weller Boards Star Trek 2

He'll join the cast

Given that he’s already been RoboCop (twice) and will forever have a cult following for playing Buckaroo Banzai, it’s not like Peter Weller needs to show up in another famous sci-fi franchise. But that’s exactly what he’s doing, as Deadline has confirmed he’ll join the new Star Trek sequel.

As JJ Abrams prepares to kick off shooting on the movie next month, he’s looking to add more and more actors to the roster. Benicio Del Toro was in talks to play a villain, but according to Vulture, he has apparently not reached a deal. Oh, and in the same report, the continuing is-he-isn't-he debate on Khan Noonien Singh as the villain was thrown for another loop by "sources" saying that the genetically-tinkered superman will show up.

So what will Weller be playing? There’s so little solid information about the film so far that it’s tough to guess, though there is talk of an older baddie in the movie, and Weller certainly knows how to access the dark side when he wants to.

More recently, he’s been keeping the acting CV filled with the likes of 24, Dexter, Fringe and a batch of indie movies, while also pulling duties behind the camera, directing the likes of Monk and Sons Of Anarchy.

Star Trek 2 will feature returning cast members Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and John Cho and will be out mid-2013.