Star Trek 2 casting problems?
It looks like the sequel to J.J. Abram's Star Trek is going to have a few casting issues, mainly in the guise of one lead character, Spock, otherwise known as Sylar or Zachary Quinto.
It seems that he wants to head off and explore other worlds...I mean head off and explore other acting genres, and reveals that he may be away from Star Trek for a good two years.
Now while that could be space shattering news, let's be realistic, there is no Star Trek 2. There's a vague idea of where to go and, according to the writers, they are working on ideas of where to go with the next story, but right now they haven't even decided whether to follow on from where they left off or leap forward five years.
Zachary Quinto wants to take some time out and work in other areas, and that's something I'm sure we could all understand. After all he's tied to Sylar and now Spock, and maybe he needs to do some serious acting before he gets pigeon holed as the bad guy or Spock for the rest of his life.
”I’m stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while...I did this game to make an investment in the fan base.”
He says that last part as a reference to the fact that he just voiced a major character, but not Spock, in the upcoming Star Trek MMO - “massively multiplayer online” - game. That game will be around for a while and therefore will help the fans stay connected with the actor and the Star Trek universe.
I get that, but if that's the case, why wasn't he playing Spock? Will the Star Trek fan base still connect with him if he's playing a different character from the one in the film?
The crux of the story is no great hit for Star Trek 2 as we're being told that the writers don't even know what to write yet. So it's a long way off.