Speculation is flying left and right -- or perhaps, more accurately, port and starboard -- regarding producer (and possible director) J.J. Abrams' proposed Star Trek film, which will be the eleventh theatrical feature for the long-running franchise. As previously reported here on Cinematical, Leonard Nimoy stated that he and William Shatner had been contacted and were told that Paramount might "want some involvement" from the two actors. There have been rumors of a Young Kirk and Spock angle, but it's mostly conjecture at this point.

Regardless of what may happen with the newest film, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander Data will not figure into the mix. "I don't think I should play Data anymore. I think I'm too old to play him anymore to be honest," actor Brent Spiner told bangshowbiz.com, as reported by Comingsoon.net. Data is, of course, an android who does not age, making the fact that Spiner is now twenty years older than when he first played the character somewhat problematic. Spiner goes on to say that he had "skated along the edge in the last couple movies" regarding the issue of his age.

Some might argue that Data's death in Star Trek: Nemesis had closed the book on the character, though to add a little conjecture of my own, none of this would preclude further appearances by Spiner as Data's creator Dr.Noonian Soong. Spiner also joked that a "very sweet deal" might entice him back onto the bridge of The Enterprise which, as our sister site TV Squad points out, is essentially the same thing Leonard Nimoy said before Star Trek III and Star Trek VI.
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