This announcement was made by JJ Abrams himself last night at the Comic Con in San Diego, California. Paramount has been promising for weeks that some kind of important casting news for the new film would be coming out of the Con and now we have it.
Also, JJ indicated that apart from all the rumors being spouted everywhere, he does want William Shatner in this film, but he wants to ensure that the veteran actor’s appearance is done right and with all the dignity it deserves.
“We’re desperately trying to figure out how to fit Shatner, and it needs to be worthy of him and the movie,” stated Abrams to a full crowd of Con attendees on the first day of the event.
It was made official just weeks ago that the other tent-pole actor from the original series of Trek, Leonard Nimoy, who played the first Mr. Spock in all the original series episodes, including the first pilot and in six of the ten films, will be returning as the older Spock in this movie. Nimoy joined Abrams on the stage and indicated that he was pleased with the choice of Quinto as his new replacement stating that it was afterall, “logical.”
“He’s [Leonard] donning the ears one more time!” smiled Abrams.
Abrams also made it known to those on hand that the search for the actor to portray the younger Kirk is still underway.