Friday, November 9, 2007

Star Trek XI casts Capt. Pike & Spock's Mother!

51-year-old Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood ("John From Cincinnati") has been cast as Captain Christopher Pike in J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Trek XI!

Christopher Pike, captained the Enterprise before James T. Kirk. The character was featured in the original series episode "The Menagerie", which actually incorporated the previously unaired 1st pilot that had starred Jeffrey Hunter as Pike. Due to crippling injuries suffered in a Delta Ray exposure/accident, Pike remained on the forbidden planet of Talos IV, where he was taken by former crewmate Mr. Spock. There he could experience the illusion of an active life under the care of its mentally advanced inhabitants.

Winona Ryder (Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Age of Innocence) has also joined the cast of 'Lost' creator JJ Abrams' 'Star Trek' movie, and will play Spock's human mother, Amanda Grayson.

The film, which stars Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg, tells the story of the early years of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. 'Heroes' star Zachary Quinto will play the young Spock in the film. The new 'Star Trek' film began shooting this week and is due out at Christmas 2008.
Rachel Nichols (Alias) too, will board the starship Enterprise. News broke last week that Nichols was joining the cast of the uber-secretive project. Current speculation is leaning towards her portraying Yeoman Janice Rand.

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