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Comic-Con: Zachary Quinto Is Spock
But he won't be alone in new Star Trek

26 July 2007  |  Written by   

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One of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood was finally confirmed yesterday at the San Diego Comic-Con: Zachary Quinto, last seen fiddling around with heroic brains as the bad guy Sylar in Heroes, has been cast as the new Spock in JJ Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.

However, Abrams did have one genuine surprise up his sleeve: instead of unveiling the rest of the Trek cast, notably the actor who will play the young Captain James T. Kirk in his companion piece-cum-prequel to the original TV show, Abrams announced that Quinto would not be the only actor to play Spock in the new movie. And with that, Leonard Nimoy - the original Spock, and the man who made pointy ears and a v-shaped hand salute cool - walked onto the stage at Hall H, driving 6,500 Con attendees wild.

Nimoy's appearance in the movie - "It was logical," he quipped when asked why he was doing it - had been semi-revealed by former co-star William Shatner (who, Abrams added, may still have a small part in the new movie), but the confirmation still came as a surprise, and further hints that the new Trek may be told largely in flashback, with the aged Spock (he's the longest-living and oldest member of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, thanks to his Vulcan blood) possibly used as a framing device.

Abrams, who had earlier appeared for just over a minute to talk about his new monster movie, Cloverfield/1.18.08/Whatever the hell it’s called, said very little about the new Trek movie, but he did praise the script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, saying it was so good that he would have been jealous of anyone else who got to direct it.

As for Quinto, he took the new adulation in his stride and said very little about his casting as the world’s favourite Vulcan. But he’s a good actor, as Heroes has showed, and damn, he looks the part and then some. If the rest of the casting is as on the money as this – and Abrams and fellow producer Damon Lindelof dropped enough hints to suggest that they’re not too far away from announcing who will play Kirk, Scotty, Chekhov, Sulu, Uhura and the rest.

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Good Choice
Zachary Quinto as Spock excellent bit of casting. All casting will have to be done with relatively young actors due to the film being made prior to them all shooting off to explore the Galaxy. This is a big gamble to take as we are all so use to seeing the faces that we have grown to love over the years. Looking forward to it. More

Posted by Ranger1 at 17:13 on 19 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Come On!!!
Mind you Robbie is completly unknown in America. How young is JJ thinking of going? Surely 28 is a bit too young to be a Captain. Starfleet must recruit them young! More

Posted by blackduck at 16:42 on 02 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Come On!!!
L: pete_traynor If Damon is saying the Abrams hasn't cast him because at 36(ish) he's too old WTF chance would Robbie Williams have. The fucker turned 53 last week!!! Seriously, who in their right mind would believe that, was it soureced from the National Inquirer? hink you're getting you're Robbie mixed up with your Robin there, mate. More

Posted by MrkyMrk at 13:01 on 02 August 2007 | Report This Post

Come On!!!
If Damon is saying the Abrams hasn’t cast him because at 36(ish) he’s too old WTF chance would Robbie Williams have. The fucker turned 53 last week!!! Seriously, who in their right mind would believe that, was it soureced from the National Inquirer? More

Posted by pete_traynor at 15:06 on 31 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Robbie williams doing star trek and people actually believing it
L: Tony Soprano There is a need to be a dick about because you people actually thought for a minute that robbie williams was going to be in star trek fuck sake how stupid is that sp; And you're just the dick for the job.  Congrats. More

Posted by MrkyMrk at 13:38 on 31 July 2007 | Report This Post

Robbie williams doing star trek and people actually believing it
There is a need to be a dick about because you people actually thought for a minute that robbie williams was going to be in star trek fuck sake how stupid is that More

Posted by Tony Soprano at 13:53 on 29 July 2007 | Report This Post

"I think he'd be quite a good Captain Kirk. The Kirk in my movie is quite young, it's the early years." -- JJ Abrams http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a68069/robbie-to -star-in-new-star-trek-movie.html More

Posted by Nigel_Tufnel at 11:19 on 29 July 2007 | Report This Post

Just relaying what we heard on the radio dude, no need to be a dick about it! More

Posted by Nigel_Tufnel at 01:46 on 29 July 2007 | Report This Post

listen to yourself you people actually think jj abrahms would cast robbie williams in star trek or any of his films good god do u have any brains at all More

Posted by Tony Soprano at 00:28 on 28 July 2007 | Report This Post

Phew!
Well, on the plus side, the fact that coop heard it too means it wasn't just me (I thought i was going crazy!) and after a thorough scout of the 'net I can't find any mention - so yeah ,hopefully just a vile rumour! Having said that... I mean... I've been mulling it over in my head all day - Williams and shatner do have quite a bit in common. They both can't sing, for a start! More

Posted by Nigel_Tufnel at 22:26 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Williams as Kirk oh the horror
Yeah I heard that Robbie Williams bit of news on Radio 2 this morning and nearly choked on my tea, Sarah Kennedy said Robbie Williams would be making his big screen debut playing James T Kirk in Star Trek XI, this is clearly a joke, although Williams pop career is a joke after the hilarious Rudebox fiasco so he may be looking for a new career. Though I hope this is clearly a load of bollocks, although I'm not a huge Trek fan I was quite looking forward to Abrams take on ST. Williams w More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:48 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Yeah I heard that Robbie Williams bit of news on Radio 2 this morning and nearly choked on my tea, Sarah Kennedy said Robbie Williams would be making his big screen debut playing James T Kirk in Star Trek XI, this clearly a joke, although Williams pop career is a joke after the hilarious Rudebox fiasco so he may be looking for a new career. Though I hope this is clearly a load of bollocks, although I'm not a huge Trek fan I was quite looking forward to Abrams take on ST. Williams was linke More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:47 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Star Treks looking good
Hes a great choice he looks very like spock and i am pleased to see nimoy back he is a legand and one of the best simpsons guests i would love it though if jj gets another heroes actor for star trek i think Hiro would make a great sulu More

Posted by Tony Soprano at 15:25 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

He'll be good
I think Quinto will be a great spockbecause he was basicly without emotion in that and spock fights to conceal his, but leonard nimoy is still the best spock and william shatner the best kirk and no one will be as good as he was. More

Posted by anakin solo at 15:08 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Iv only seen Quinto as a ctu computer geek in the third season of 24.He seems to be an ok actor and he does look very vulcan More

Posted by darth silas at 13:18 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Robbie Williams as Kirk:
Can't see Damon doing it, it's a bit like Clive Owen being favourite for Bond - was never happening. It will more than likely be an up and comer like Chris Evans rather than an already established star. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 12:40 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Robbie Williams as Kirk:
Over my dead body! (Preferably his) I like the Quinto casting, check out aintitcool.com, there's a cool picture of Quinto shaking hands with Nimoy. As for Kirk, it's a tough one, I would've liked to see Damon do it, but he seems to have confirmed he's out of the race. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 10:08 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Kirk
The only way Robbie Williams is gonna be casted as Jim Kirk is if the makers want to kill the movie before it starts...no chance :P More

Posted by xarkaltos at 08:34 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

Kirk
I might have been imagining this (I hope) but it was announced on BBC Radio 2 this morning that Robbie Williams is playing Kirk. Can anyone confirm if this heinous rumour is true? More

Posted by Nigel_Tufnel at 08:16 on 27 July 2007 | Report This Post

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