EW has confirmed that Peter Weller, best known for his role in 1987’s RoboCop, has signed on for a starring role in the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot. “Of course J.J. Abrams is very tight-lipped about his projects,” said agent Todd Eisner, “but I do know that it’s a substantial role and that Peter is playing a C.E.O.” It’s a return to the Star Trek franchise for Weller, who starred in several episodes of the finale season of Star Trek: Enterprise. In recent years, Weller has acted on 24, Dexter, Fringe, and Psych in addition to going behind the camera as a director.
The as-yet-untitled Star Trek follow-up will begin shooting next month and is scheduled for release on May 17, 2013. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their roles as Captain James Kirk and Spock. Alice Eve is confirmed to join the cast, and Benicio Del Toro is also reported to be in talks for a role.
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