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Quinto Still Hoping To Be New Spock May 29, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Last December we reported that Zachary Quinto had expressed interest in being the new Spock for Star Trek XI. Now in a new interview with Starburst magazine he again states his interest. The actor who plays the villain Sylar on the hit show Heroes stated after being inundated with e-mails about playing Spock he started to ‘open himeslf’ to the idea, stating: "the exploration and immersion to be done with such a character would be amazing." Specifically on this role of the quintessential Vulcan, Quinto stated…

I tend to be the type of person who acts from a very visceral place and reacts emotionally to situations, and to ‘become’ a character that is completely the opposite of that is one of the reasons why I’m an actor. I would love the opportunity to understand what it is to only operate from a place of logic and look at things so specifically from that perspective

Quinto has received high praise for his work on Heroes and could probably pull off the role. He could also get a little help from his Heroes co-star Greg Grunberg who can put in a good word for him with his best friend JJ Abrams.


VOTE: Who would you pick for the new Spock (see this week’s poll)


Starburst excerpts via Trekweb, Quinto/Spock image by Steve M.


1. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - May 29, 2007

Yes Mr. Brain eater should definately be Spock. Adrian Brody would be wrong for the role.

Do not disagree with me, Marta will get angry!!!!

2. Luke Montgomery - May 29, 2007

This guy is perfect for the role. Now when I watch Heros… all I think of is that this guy could nail the intensity and restraint of Spock. Not to mention he look sthe part dead on.

3. Captain Pike - May 29, 2007

Fascinating. He would be a most logical choice.

4. PD18 - May 29, 2007

this guy’s got NOTHING on Eric Balfour. Eric Balfour WILL be Spock. When they announce it, remember, I called it 6 months ago. Look, Quinto, is a good actor, and if Abrams needs to cast someone as a Romulan, I think he’d be a good fit, but Balfour IS Spock. It’s not just a look thing either, Balfour has that pent up, internalized aura about him AND he can act. I’ve posted this photoshop manip a hundred times here, but once more, check it out….


5. Alex Aslanidis - May 29, 2007

Crazy, i had never seen heroes till last week and instantly loved it. I watched the whole season via PVR as I recorded the eps before and never watched any yet. people said it was good so I thought i may want to watch one day and I was right. When i first saw Quinto and I saw his hair and then his eyes and then his built and even his sarcastic laugh in a few ep, I thought holy you know what, and then seeing this post made my day. I would love to see him play the role and think it was be staggering, I say Zachary Quinto lets do it buddy!!!

6. Nelson - May 29, 2007

I have not seen Heros, but will when the DVD comes out. But based on his comment that his acting tends to be viseral and reacts with emotion and that he would play a character that’s opposite of that. I’m not sure he “gets” Spock.

7. Alex Aslanidis - May 29, 2007

Eric looks cool but Zachary Quinto looks more like Leonard Nimoy to me build and facial even down to his little chuckle.

8. Interested - May 29, 2007

It appears that anyone considered for the role of Kirk, is handsome.

Must a big crooked nose be synonymous with everyone put forward for the Spock role?

9. PD18 - May 29, 2007

the deal with Eric Balfour, is – he has some innate Spockian quality to him. Does he look EXACTLY like Leonard Nimoy? No. He shouldn’t have to. The Search For Spock should not be an episode of MTV’s “look-a-like”, he should be an actor, in the appropriate age range, who can pull off the role, and yes, he should be the physical representation of Spock not Nimoy.
I know Quinto is a good actor and has a loyal following of Trek fans who have him as their #1 choice. I have to say, I don’t get the “He looks like Nimoy” thing – I don’t see it.
And Interested, no, not every actor being considered has to have a hooked nose…
Eric Balfour has an intensity, but it’s a quiet one, in his eyes – that and the fact that he looks like he could be Spock, only younger is the reason he gets my vote.

10. Pat - May 29, 2007

Won’t it be tough for Quinto to do Trek and Heroes at the same time? I’m not up on how much HEROES involves him, but unless the movie really centers on Kirk, it seems it will be tough to schedule Quinto due to his HEROES commitment.

11. CmdrR. - May 29, 2007

I agree, Quinto would be good.
Just to throw it out there, I think Adrian Pasdar could pull it off, too. Maybe he’s a little too old for “early Spock.” Dunno. I somehow don’t think we’ve yet heard the name of the guy who’ll get the gig, just like I don’t think we’ve heard the name of the next president. It’s early, folks.

12. Alex Aslanidis - May 29, 2007

I think he should look like Nimoy as he and Spock are one in the same. Tos is still fresh in peoples minds and all over the place so to have someone that looks more like him would be benificial and beleavible as part of the story, the internet versions of Trek had TOS characters but they didnt look like their counter parts. To me that took away from it. I know TOS is forty years old but even people who hate it know who and what the characters look like.
You know people complain if the new remastered effects that are way off from the original i submit that if the new actors look too different it will take away as well.

13. Xai (Squint at Quinto a bit, and the shock is you'll see Spock...) - May 29, 2007

I can’t see Balfour in this role… I mean really… even the ‘shopped pic PD18 has on his link has a “come hither, pretty boy” look to it. He’s not right.
Quinto, IMO, is in the top 5 short list if he’s available.

14. Tim Handrahan - May 29, 2007

IF Nimoy and Shatner are in the movie, then they do have to cast actors that resemble them. If not, I still think that J.J. wolud try to find actors that would look like them because of his respect for The Original Series.

15. Trevok - May 29, 2007

He gets my vote, though I some how doubt it will mater who we want.

16. Aaron R (Sisko puppet is coming to a screen near you) - May 29, 2007

I think the entire movie should be a reboot with puppets and cgi characters like the new ninja turtles!!! Hell we can feed every voice clip ever from TOS into the computer and get the synthesizer rolling so we don’t even need any real acting talent!!!! And get this… ready for the best part? The main villian can be a clone of picard!!! But instead of Patrick Stewart we use a sock puppet with his likeness!!!! Genious@me.com yeah… sock puppet villian. I can see it now, this movie is so gonna make bank!

Aaron R.

P.S. Note the sarcasm in my post and please don’t think I am being serious. While I am excited to no end about everything that is happening with the new trek movie I could care less who has an find desire to play the roles. Until actual casting is announced what is the point????

17. Jim J (Jim, my name...is Jim) - May 29, 2007

I think he looks good and would fit the part.

18. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 29, 2007

Quinto…hope he wins the lottery!! :)

19. Scott Gammans - May 29, 2007

I like Eric Balfour, but the roles I’ve seen him in leave me thinking that his acting range would be too laid back to play our favorite Vulcan.

Quinto, on the other hand, strikes me as an excellent candidate.

20. Dennis Bailey - May 29, 2007

My god, Balfour looks like Scott Baio in that photo-manip. :lol:

21. Alex Aslanidis - May 29, 2007

I agree with 13 and 14 for sure, respect for the original series, thats has been the problem in the past, the movie makers have not cared about fine detail and respect for the franchise. the result is not the trek we know and love.
now if the story follows suite to then it will be an awesome time for all of us who love Trek!

22. Michael - May 29, 2007

Quinto is the man!
Have to agree with #13, Xai about the “pretty Boy” pic.
My actual first thought was that it was a photo of the only known Gay Vulcan.
Don’t particularly care for Eric Balfour’s acting. Also agreeing with
#19 Scott
My only hesitation with Quinto, is that he is perfect for Spock “as we know him” in TOS. Not necessarily a Younger version that we have never seen.
No matter who is eventually announced,
I’m going to trust JJ to get it right.

23. Anthony Pascale - May 29, 2007

I agree with the sentiments that you do not need to get a Nimoy lookalike, just someone who looks kinda Vulcan. Anyway I have added a poll to choose between some of the suggested and rumored actors

24. John Cocktoastin - May 29, 2007


Are you on crack?

25. Postie - May 29, 2007

I think Eric could be a good Romulan Commander instead

26. Michael - May 29, 2007

Gay Vulcan Crack!

27. Redshirt - May 29, 2007

I think I have been saying to some of my friends that Quinto should play the part. I just cant see anyone else playing it I don’t think its going to happen if Heroes creates a scheduling problem for him though. Its super rare that someone on a TV show works on a film and some success doing both at the same time.
If the casting news is to be believed the final choices should be in the coming months. And productions should begin at the end of the summer. It’s going to be nearly impossible to be 100 percent where the production and the fans will be happy with.

#16 I really think it has crossed some Paramounts execs mind at some point lol. I wouldnt put it past Paramount to say it was a cool idea.

28. CmdrR - May 29, 2007

20- Star Trek XI: Joanie Loves Spochi

29. THEETrekMaster - May 29, 2007

I am not impressed with any of these potential Spocks….


30. Sithmenace - May 29, 2007

I have faith in Abrams.

31. Spock-boy - May 29, 2007

Tobias Menzies should be Spock. He was excellent as Brutus in HBO’s ROME, and was recently in Casino Royale as Villiers– M’s IT lackey.

32. Darren Baker - May 29, 2007

Nah… Quizno’s there is too much like the kid that played Spock in STIII. Before you hold that up as a virtue, remember that it is in fact not a virtue. That kid was really bad.

33. Lao3D - May 29, 2007

Ditto the Tobias Menzies choice. He has great acting chops and looks right. Which doesn’t mean he has to look like Nimoy or have a “big crooked” nose or anything or the sort. But he does have to look somewhat otherwordly, and perhaps a little “satanic” which is what got Nimoy cast in the first place. Nothing against Balfour, but he has too much surfer-dude about him, both in looks and range, to make a convincing Spock in my estimation. Quinto looks right too, but I don’t watch Heroes so can’t comment on his acting.

34. jon1701 - May 30, 2007

I called Quinto months ago.

That balfour guy is too good looking.

Spock is a nerd. Cool, but a nerd nonetheless…

35. Stanky McFibberich - May 30, 2007

It matters not to me who plays the fake Spock.

36. JLC - May 30, 2007

I havent seen heroes. but this time around I really hope they give us known people who can ACT. They owe it to the fans this time.

37. PD18 - May 30, 2007

I appreciate everyone’s opinion, that’s why we’re here – because we have a passion for the material. I hear a lot of your concerns, however I have to say that while the image I used to create that manip, does make Balfour look kinda like a pretty boy, he really isn’t. He’s actually kinda nerdy, but in a cool way (if that makes sense). Try IMDBing him and tell me he doesn’t have a Vulcan look…
Anyways, no I’m not on crack – different strokes for diferent folks, I guess….

38. John Cocktoastin - May 30, 2007

I know the actor, and I can’t see why on earth you’d want him to play a vulcan, let alone Spock.

39. YUBinit - May 30, 2007

Eric Balfour? Puhleeeeeeeeez… he’s too GQ and cheezy. Spock should have an personae of dignity, not conceit. If a reboot goes in the direction of casting such as he, then we’ll get a Beverly Hills 90210 in space.

No thank you.

40. JohnnyMoo - May 30, 2007

Andrew, would it be possible to add a “Somebody Else” or “None of the Above” option to the poll?

I don’t really think any of those actors would be well suited to the role. I can see why people think Zachary Quinto looks the part, but he wouldn’t be my first choice.

41. JohnnyMoo - May 30, 2007

Anthony, Andrew..

42. Xai - May 30, 2007

#35 Stanky

We know.


43. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - May 30, 2007

Quinto or else Marta stars eating Trekmovie talkbackers brains Sylar style!!!

Don’t know about that Balfour guy but he looks too Metrosexual -Abercrombie to be Spock. I guess the women and girly boys would be happy

44. Crusade2267 - May 30, 2007

Honestly, I don’t care who is cast, whether they are a big star or a complete unknown. What matters is that Spock is played by a good actor… someone who can show us that Spock has feelings, but he keeps them down because he prizes logic and reason above emotion. (For that reason, I think an unknown would be better… they’ll play Spock, not themselves as Spock.) Nimoy did a fantastic job with that (See Journey to Babel, The Naked Time, Amok Time, The Enterprise Incident, etc). Anybody cast to play Spock has to understand that its not as simple as showing no emotion. Spock is not a robot. He’s probably the most challanging of the TOS charicters to play.

45. bdrcarter - May 30, 2007

They jsut need to cast someone who is willilng to cut his hair into the classic bowl-cut. They got it right back in the 60’s. From TNG on, they went with bad wigs that were laughable. Most Vulcans wound up looking like satanic Beatles!

46. Proto Mugato - May 30, 2007

Enough with all the pretty boys as Spock already! I thought Quinto would make a fair Spock until I saw Tobias Menzies as Brutus in ‘Rome’.

As for the other main characters, how about Jamie Bamber, Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Phillippe as Kirk, Paul Walker or Casper Van Dien as Pike, Angus Macfadyen as Scotty?

Bones will be an interesting decision. Don’t know of too many younger actors who have the presence to pull it off. Jude Law? Ron Livingston, Carmine Giovinazzo?

Just thought I’d throw some fresh fodder into the rumor mill :)

47. Michael - May 30, 2007

Ryan Reynolds??? Casper Van Pretty????
2 Officers, a Girl, & a Starship???

48. JGG1701 - May 30, 2007

We have to remember that Spock was quite “emotional” in the early 1st season eps. :-) including “The Cage”. That leads me to think he should be the same way , especially in a “prequel”. MOA :-)

49. Michael Appleton - May 30, 2007

#46 “Ron Livingston as Bones”
That’s an interesting choice. He has the physical look and charisma to pull it off! I can see him now, delivering the line, “Damnit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!”

50. Stanky McFibberich - May 30, 2007

re: 42. Xai – May 30, 2007
” #35 Stanky
We know.

Thanks for remembering, Mr. X…
I just do that for the newcomers :)

…and actually, this was the first reference I have made to the “fake Spock”
You may be confusing it with “fake Kirk”…

…in any event, they can cast Alice Ghostley as Nurse Chapel or John Cleese as Mr. Kyle (Cowle?) and it still wouldn’t matter to me…

51. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 30, 2007

Stanky… I think Alice Ghostley is dead. Mrs. Kravitz from “Bewitched” would have made a good Nurse Chapel, too. And I think two actresses played Mrs. Kravitz. But I think they’re dead, too. Too bad…they could have done a “Mirror Mirror” episode! :)
In all seriousness, Sharon Stone would be acceptable to me as Nurse Chapel. Lindsay Lohan as Rand. And Beyonce as Uhura. Al Gore could play Dr. Roger Korby. Whoops, I can’t serious long, can I?

52. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 30, 2007

Whoops, left out the word “stay” in that last sentence.
They should bring back Robert Walker, Jr. as Charlie and do a revenge thing on Kirk like in “Wrath of Khan.” “I wanna stay….stay…stay…”

53. Stanky McFibberich - May 31, 2007

re: 51 & 52. Jeffrey S. Nelson

Alice Ghostley is alive (as of this posting) at the age of 81, so maybe she could play Chapel’s grandmother. The two actresses that played Gladys Kravitz were Alice Pearce and Sandra Gould and they have both passed on. Alice would have made a fine Stella Mudd. Your Charlie idea has merit, despite the fact that that is one of my least favorite episodes.
I still scoff at the idea of anyone playing younger versions of Kirk and Spock. Hear me?…(Sccoffffff!).
Thank you for your comments which help balance out the tiresome speculations of people who seriously think they know who the “perfect” actors would be for certain roles.
I still think you make a great Kirk. :)

54. Kyle Nin - May 31, 2007

I think Zachary Quinto would be great for the part. And it would give me another reason to see the movie.

55. Harry Ballz - May 31, 2007

#53 “I still scoff at the idea”
Tell me, when you have SCORN for someone and feel like telling them to f#*% OFF, does the mixing of those two things lead to SCOFF? Bwahahahaha….

56. Vifx Twokay - May 31, 2007

Eric Balfour would be *great* as Spock… in a slash version of Trek.

57. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 31, 2007

53. Stanky

Thanks, man!
Don’t forget to watch The Shat on the Celebrity Race show. on ABC. The series premieres June 7th but I think Shat’s episode is on the 14th. Don’t know if he does more than one.

58. Michael - May 31, 2007

52. Jeffrey
“They should bring back Robert Walker, Jr. as Charlie and do a revenge thing on Kirk like in “Wrath of Khan.””

Older Charlie goes back in time to take revenge on Capt. James T., ends up in Kirk’s early academy days.

If he succeeds, then the TOS episode would never be filmed. This would create an alternate time line. Years later…Captain Janeway encounters Capt. Spock in the Nexus. He tells her the story, she goes back in time, kills Charlie, and rescues a Captain that she has never heard of.

59. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 31, 2007

Charlie and Kirk are academy rivals who fight over Janice Rand. They both take turns swatting her fanny. Charlie makes all the other students go away cuz they aren’t nice to him. Finnegan is the first to go. Followed by Kirk’s girlfriend Ruth (played by Tara Reid). Bill Mumy makes an appearance as Charlie’s alien guardian who takes him home again…this time they take away his TV, internet, and video game privileges. Charlie doesn’t care cuz the latest Star Trek game “Legacy” really bites. Meanwhile, Trelayne is also enrolled in Starfleet Academy but lacks focus much like Charlie. All Trelayne wants to do is make more planets. His grades are dismal. Trelayne is taken under the wing of Boothby the gardener, with Christopher Lloyd recast in the role. Trelayne becomes a master galactic landscaper, creating the galactic barrier to keep alien spores out. But, the barrier needs constant trimming and some spores make it to Omicron Ceti Three, where colonizing scout Elias Sandoval mysteriously becomes less cranky.

60. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 31, 2007

Red alert: William Shatner on IFC channel Henry Rollins show Friday, June 1st… episode repeats also scheduled.

61. Londo - June 1, 2007

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Balfour in anything before. My preference for Spock is Quinto.

62. Cervantes - June 2, 2007

#45 bdrcarter

I’d love to see a reasonably faithful TOS-era vibe, but will they be brave enough to give “Spock” a hint of his original “eyelid” colour too?…

63. Xai - June 2, 2007

#62 Cervantes

As to the eyelid colour… They couldn’t possibly get it right as far as this group is concerned.

64. Stanky McFibberich - June 3, 2007

64. Xai

They couldn’t possibly do ANYTHING right since they are recasting characters.

Save your, “We know, Stanky, we know.” :)

65. Xai, truly looking forward to Star Trek XI - June 3, 2007

#64 Stanky
I understand, but do not agree with your opinion on recasting a classic TOS-era movie. We both already “know” that. But let me point out that in my comment to Cervantes in#63, you specifically were not on my mind. I was thinking more along the lines of people that couldn’t adjust to minor changes in the remastered episodes (example: ship color).
I do not run this site. This is Anthony’s baby, but let me suggest that you add to your moniker a short comment on your feelings toward the recast. It would save you time and also inform all that read your wise words of your unwavering opinion of “fake” Trek in any posting forum. Then everyone here can say of Stanky’s opinions on Trek XI…. “we know”.


66. The Unfake Stanky McFibberich - June 3, 2007

65. Xai

I know I wasn’t on your mind and thank you for recognizing that my words are wise. :)

I have been trying to think of something to add to my moniker, but haven’t come up with the right thing yet.

My comments in this case, of course, were really just meant to good-naturedly acknowledge our obvious differences of opinion. :)

Actually, you might note that I have been exercising a certain amount of restraint in my protests…and realize that I must occasionally reiterate.

…and to save you a couple seconds of typing…


67. Cervantes - June 4, 2007

#66 Stanky McFibberich

Seeing as you’re still wrestling with that suggested extra moniker Stanky, I see an opportunity for a competition here… May I be the first to throw my 2 cents in with:

Stanky (for goodness sake, this Movie’s just a fake) McFibberich

or how about:

Stanky (just because this Movie’s called Star Trek, doesn’t MAKE IT SO) Mc Fibberich

Gosh, I’m in such a playful mood today. ;)

68. Stanky McFibberich - June 4, 2007

Thanks for the ideas. All good-natured fun, whatever our opinions.

69. Cervantes - June 5, 2007

That’s right Stanky, all are valid here, and yours are not necessarily wrong.

70. Scotty - June 7, 2007

Anyone notice that the pic PD 18 made of Eric Balfour as Spock looks similer to the younger Spock in The Search For Spock. Good job! Eric would be great as spock.

71. Yelnick McWaWa - June 15, 2007

People are not realizing that Balfour is a horrible actor. Looks nothing like Nimoy. Quintos is acceptable.

72. Yelnick McWaWa - June 15, 2007

Adrian Brody is a horrible too. I don’t recall Spock having a huge SNOOZ!

73. Harve - June 16, 2007

Ray Liotta as Captain Pike. Matt Damon as Kirk. Wes Bently as Spock. Gary Sinese as Mcoy(thats a no brainer) Hell even throw Tpol in there, she be 167 so she could be an instructor at the academy for a cameo. Uhura is Beyonce. That would nail your non trek crowd right there. Throw in some section 31 Slone (william Sadler) and you might have some kind of actually watchable film.

Instead we are gonna get what they make, sure alias rocked cept for season 5, Lost ive never watched and have no intertest in watching. Mission impossible flms are strictly for the gay audience(nothing wrong with that btw) so for me…Abrams has 4 seasons of Alias to his credit. Pleae Abrams, do something worth my ten bucks.

74. patrick - June 27, 2007

well, looks like SYLAR is playing dress up

75. TrekLog » Blog Archive » Zak Quinto als neuer Spock!? - July 12, 2007

[…] Wie wir bereits im Mai und Dezember berichteten, hat es Zachary Quinto (IMDB), Star aus der Serie Heroes, in der Vergangenheit durchaus wissen lassen, dass er Interesse hat, die neuen Version des Charakters Spock darzustellen. Wie auch immer, es scheint so, als wäre da mehr an der Story dran. Der Trek Movie Report hatte bereits ein paar mal davon Wind bekommen, dass es Gespräche zwischen Quinto und den Filmproduzenten gegeben habe, aber auch, dass noch kein Vertrag geschlossen wurde. es ist natürlich fast unmöglich, alles Gesagte mit Verweisen zum Casting festzunageln, so dass dies hier zu diesem Zeitpunkt nur ein Gerücht darstellt, wie auch immer, es scheint so, dass CHUD auf dieselbe Spur gekommen ist. Sie berichten darüber, dass Quinto “in Verhandlungen” stecke hinsichtlich Star Trek’s neuen vulkanischen Wissenschaftsoffizier. Falls wir mehr erfahren sollten, werden wir’s natürlich weitergeben. Quinto’s Darstellung des Bösewichts Sylar in Heroes (wo er an der Seite von J.J. Abrams’ bestem Freund Greg Grunberg spielt) war ziemlich beeindruckend und hat um den 30jährigen Schauspieler geradezu einen Wirbel verursacht. Der Trek Movie Report hat erfahren, dass Paramount sich von dem Gedanken entfernt hat, “große Stars” für die Hauptrollen Kirk und Spock zu engagieren, und falls dem so sei, dann wäre Quinto eine ausgezeichnete Wahl. Hoffentlich werden wir mit der Comic Con mehr wissen. […]

76. Ren - August 2, 2007

Out of all these candidates, I gotta give it to Quinto (not Quiznos, # 32).
At first it struck me as odd… but I think his acting and personality is up to it.

Balfour looks good, but I just can’t see it. And Tobias Menzies does look a little like Spock.

In the end, however, Zachary’s got my vote.

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