James Cawley is not the only veteran of the fan film Star Trek New Voyages (now Phase II) who is headed to the big screen in JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek. Jeff Quinn, New Voyages’ first Spock, has also landed a small Trek role. At the Saturday night screening for the Phase II episode “To Serve all My Days – 1969 edition,” Quinn talked to TrekMovie about his Star Trek movie experience.
Just like with Cawley, Quinn’s is a non-speaking part, but he did say that he is “front and center” in a couple of shots. Quinn couldn’t give any details on his role, but his partially shaved eyebrows might be a clue. Quinn did his scenes this last week and was there for the last day of shooting. Even though Quinn is no stranger to the film biz, from both his time with New Voyages and with his regular job doing visual effects for Battlestar Galactica, he was still impressed with the scale of the production saying “it was a marvel to see how they do it in Hollywood.”
Landing the role actually didn’t come directly from Quinn’s involvement with New Voyages / Phase II. Quinn tells TrekMovie.com that his path to a part started last year with that casting call looking for people with ‘unique features’ who were willing to shave their eyebrows. The lanky sharp-featured actor who portrayed Spock for four episodes with New Voyages quipped “clearly I was OK with that.” Quinn sent in an email and picture and then went through the traditional audition process until he was finally was selected. The visual effects artist turned part-time Vulcan clearly felt fortunate for the experience, stating “it was an honor and a privilege to work on JJ Abrams’ Star Trek.”
Quinn at the Phase II event Saturday
TrekMovie.com will have more from the Phase II "Night in 1969" coming up later.