Earlier this month, Erik reported somewhat skeptically on a casting rumor for the upcoming Star Trek XI movie. The film will be a prequel of sorts, focusing on the early days of James T. Kirk (looking less likely to be Matt Damon, but never say never), and Mr. Spock. Some sources were reporting that Zachary Quinto, the evil, forehead-slicing Sylar on NBC's Heroes, was circling Spock -- the role originally made famous by Leonard Nimoy. All that was officially known were some quotes he made last December -- "I missed the Superman Returns boat ... so I'm angling for Star Trek. People are constantly telling me I bear some resemblance to Leonard Nimoy." Quinto's casting now seems to be pretty much a lock. The film's producer and director, JJ Abrams, is supposed to announce the Star Trek cast at Comic-Con, and if today's news is to be believed, Quinto will be on that list.
E! Online is reporting that "the deal is about to close. Best. Casting. Ever." A source there confirms that "the Zachary Quinto-as-Spock contract is with the business affairs team at Paramount. Business affairs is generally considered the last stop on the deal-negotiation train. The deal only awaits sign-off from outside counsel." As far as appearance goes, Quinto is definitely a solid choice. Star Trek certainly has some fans in the Heroes camp and vice versa, so the decision makes perfect business sense. But are you guys excited about the choice? I'm not enough of a Trekkie to really have a strong opinion either way. I like Quinto on the show, but I will say I find Heroes to be just about the most overrated program on television. It's like Sominex to me. Everyone loves to gripe about Lost, but I don't think Heroes is fit to shine Lost's shoes. Stay tuned to Cinematical for full coverage of the Trek cast announcement and all the other Comic-Con happenings. Look for the new Star Trek film on Christmas Day 2008.