Director J.J. Abrams is gearing up for a mid-January start date for the sequel to his highly successful Star Trek pic, and details on the project are starting to trickle down. While one of the neater aspects of the 2009 flick was Leonard Nimoy reprising his role as Spock with the help of a very convenient time-travel aspect, we now have word that no cast members from the original Star Trek series will be popping up in the sequel (sorry William Shatner). Sources tell Showbiz 411 that Abrams has no plans to include any original cast members in the sequel.
While it’s not exactly mind-blowing information, I think it’s wise to stick with Abrams’ rebooted cast. Nimoy’s inclusion in Star Trek was a nice way to bridge the gap between the other films and Abrams’ take, but there’s no need to dwell on the past in future installments; we’re happy to follow the new cast in original, separate stories. Following Benicio Del Toro’s departure from the flick, Edgar Ramirez is now the frontrunner to take on the villain role. The untitled Star Trek sequel opens in 3D on May 17th, 2013.