A few months back rumors circulated that Heroes’ Zachary Quinto (Sylar) was expressing some interest in pursuing the role of Spock in Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming Star Trek reboot. Now comes the rumor that Abrams will – as part of his appearance on the Paramount panel – be announcing some casting commitments for the much anticipated Trek film at Comic Con later this month. Will Quinto be amongst them?
Zachary Quinto first publicly expressed interest in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette several months ago. Fans have since heralded the notion as possibly the smartest bit of Trek casting to be made, even though as far as the public knows, no actual negotiations have taken place.
Despite the lack of any official word, there are several factors working in Quinto’s favor. First, Heroes co-star Greg Grunberg is a lifelong friend of Abrams. Second, Tim Kring has many influential connections within the Trek production, including close ties with former co-worker and long time bud Damon Lindelof (Lost).
Of course connections are one thing, but probably Quinto’s biggest asset is the fact that he actually looks like Spock. It takes very little imagination to see the thin framed, angular faced Quinto playing the cold and logical Vulcan.
Recent, unsupported, rumors have made there way across the internet that when Abrams appears at the San Diego Comic Con he will have two bits of highly anticipated news. First, more information on the mysterious, and frustrating, Cloverfield project that is causing so many sleepless nights around the internet. Second is rumored to be some casting announcements for Star Trek, including Quinto as Spock.
How good is the info? An hour worth of Googling seems to have revealed that the rumor began with a posting on Chud that mentioned Quinto being announced as what appears to be a tongue-in-cheek joke.
Whether Chud is the originator and overzealous fans are just taking the cheeky comment as fact remains to be seen, but for now information on the Trek casting seems as hard to gather as the title of the mysterious Cloverfield.
– Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: Imdb, Chud, Cinematical
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