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.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
He's an underrated actor and it's good to see him finally in a mainstream movie again but he was already a special guest star on 'Star Trek: Enterprise' in 2005. I would have liked to see a new actor to the franchise unless Weller is playing a descendant of John Frederick Paxton which would probably mean the villains are Terra Prime, the extremist xenophobic terrorist organisation.
Goldman on Dec 5, 2011
Is it safe to assume that he will be playing the older character that is to support the main villain?
Michael Lee on Dec 5, 2011
saying that based on the alice eve article that called for an older but supporting villain role that's all.
Michael Lee on Dec 5, 2011
- The Orion Syndicate as the villains - Large all-star cast as well as many cameos - More planets - Larger space battles with more starships - Kirk having better fighting skills - Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood's most beautiful young actresses - The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end
Dr. Metzner on Dec 5, 2011
So what Alex, he's geeking out! No big deal! There are worse spammers here that get a free pass every time, you know THAT!
Blue Silver on Dec 5, 2011
I wonder if there'll be a connection with the role he played in Enterprise as the humans-first terrorist John Paxton: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/John_Frederick_Paxton
Paul Haine on Dec 5, 2011
Don't forget Weller was in an episode of Fringe (JJ produced) as a scientist who turns himself into a time traveling cyborg to save his wife. It was a really fun episode. Prob safe to say that JJ has been a fan of his for a while...
Ian Pullens on Dec 5, 2011
Yeah, I bet he has been a fan. How cool would it be to become a filmmaker and get to cast actors you grew up loving?
grimjob on Dec 5, 2011
I bet he said "your move creep" as he left the audition.
Deathstar on Dec 5, 2011
Ah, if we are playing a guessing game, I'd bet on Weller playing......(a) Q. Its a race, if you don't remember.
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