Trek Movie Report and E! have reported, and TV Guide has since confirmed, that Zachary Quinto of “Heroes,” fresh from his role as the supervillain Sylar, will play Spock in next year’s big-screen Star Trek. With producer/director JJ Abrams slated to appear on the Paramount panel at Comic-Con, fans expected big casting news this week, and one would have to think that Abrams would make any official announcement then. StarTrek.com reports that executive producers/writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and producers Bryan Burke and Damon Lindelof will also attend the panel, and theorizes (as much as an official site can theorize) that their announcements should be “substantial.”
Of course, Quinto-as-Spock wouldn’t be the first connection between Trek and “Heroes.” In addition to George “Sulu” Takei’s recurring role as Hiro’s father, Malcolm “Linderman” McDowell played the mad scientist Dr. Soran in Star Trek Generations, and producer Bryan Fuller previously worked on “Star Trek: Voyager.” I also seem to recall some Internet speculation about Hiro himself, Masi Oka, playing Sulu.
Speaking just for me, if Kirk’s predecessor Captain Christopher Pike appears in Abrams’ Trek, my pick would be George Clooney; but if Abrams is raiding the “Heroes” cupboard, he could do worse than Adrian “Nathan Petrelli” Pasdar.