Minor Details on Peter Weller’s “Substantial Role” in STAR TREK 2

     December 7, 2011

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It was announced on Monday that Peter Weller will join the cast of Star Trek 2, though his role was not specified.  At the time, Matt speculated we shouldn’t expect details any time soon thanks to director J.J. Abrams‘ patented secrecy.  And he was mostly right.  But we do have a small tidbit from Weller’s agent Todd Eisner, who informed EW, “Of course J.J. Abrams is very tight-lipped about his projects, but I do know that it’s a substantial role and that Peter is playing a C.E.O.”  Trekkies, I need your help: Is there a well-known businessman or corporation in the Star Trek mythology?  I actually like the theory proposed in the comments section at /Film that the agent meant “CO”—a commanding officer is a more natural fit in the military-based universe.  [Edit: Commenter Brian chimed with my new favorite theory, that CEO stands for “chief engineering officer.”  Chief engineer is a common position in the Star Trek franchise.]

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho, and series newcomer Alice Eve also star.  Following Benicio Del Toro’s  departure from the project, Édgar Ramírez (Carlos) has emerged as the frontrunner to play the villain (quite possibly Khan).  Star Trek 2 opens in 3D on May 17, 2013.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Chief_engineering_officer
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