Peter Weller the Latest to Join the Growing 'Star Trek 2' Ensemble Cast
Well, we can forget about Khan for now, because this Star Trek sequel is getting RoboCop to star! Variety is reporting that the latest casting addition to J.J. Abrams' in-pre-production sequel to Star Trek is none other than Oscar nominated actor Peter Weller, currently age 64. Weller played Officer Alex J. Murphy, aka RoboCop, in the Paul Verhoeven sci-fi classic and also starred in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. He's playing (as you guessed) an unnamed role, one we probably won't find out for a few years, since Abrams like to keep everything a big secret even though shooting starts this January.
With many of the original stars returning to man the Enterprise again, including Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin, Abrams' and crew are now looking elsewhere to add some interesting names. And if you love an actor (and the characters he's played), why not just cast him in your film? Weller is the latest to join in an unspecified role, along with Benicio Del Toro and Alice Eve as the lead female (with Uhura) this time. Weller has been in a few smaller films recently, as well as on "Dexter" and "Psych" on TV. Abrams is directing from a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Damon Lindelof. Production is expected to start early 2012 with Paramount aiming for a May 2013 release.