?What do we know about the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot? Well, it has a place for Captain Pike, or Admiral Pike, as he was known by the end of the first film. According to Robert Orci, one of several writers working on the sequel’s script, Pike has a role, in-jokey wheelchair and all, if Bruce Greenwood wants to return.
Who doesn’t have a place in the new film? No actors from the original Star Trek series cast (right) will show up, according to a new report from one of those “close to the production” sources. The first film wasn’t particularly heavy on guest spots, as it only had Leonard Nimoy popping in as the original Spock to introduce a jarring plot twist about alternate realities. No, that’s not a spoiler. The movie’s two years old.
As someone who would’ve preferred Abrams rebooting Star Trek entirely from scratch, I’m fine with none of the original characters showing up the second time around. On the other hand, it’d be nice to see the actors in unrelated cameos like…I don’t know, William Shatner voicing a Mugatu. I doubt that’ll happen, but I expect plenty of nods to the older series in the next Abrams-backed Star Trek, even if the original cast isn’t part of it. (Via Nerd Bastards)