Star Trek 2 Adds Doctor Who's Noel Clarke
With details very, very scarce about J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2, even as it gears up for production this spring, we can only rely on the handful of new cast members to make guesses about what the sequel has in store. Now we've got our first casting announcement for the film this year; according to Variety, Doctor Who star Noel Clarke has taken a role in the film. Naturally, the part is fairly under wraps, but Variety hears he "will play a family man with a wife and a young daughter." Star Trek cynics may assume a guy with love for his family is a doomed redshirt with a target on his back, but really, there's no telling where they might go with this.
Clarke is familiar to Who fans as Mickey Smith, but he also had a small role in Neil Marshall's Centurion and the Andy Serkis-starring biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. The Trek role, if it turns out to be significant, could be a huge break for the British actor, who won the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2009. He joins the Trek 2 as a newbie without too much company-- though Alice Eve and Peter Weller are both confirmed for unspecified new roles, there's still no official word on whether Edgar Ramirez will in fact play the villain, as was rumored last December after Benicio del Toro left the project.
The movie is set for release on May 17, 2013, which is already enough to have some of us looking straight past the summer of 2012 and wondering when next summer will get here already. Even without knowing how big a role Clarke will have, this cross-over between geek-friendly franchises should already be enough to have people even more excited.
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