One of the cool features of the new Star Trek Online MMORPG is the voice of Zachary Quinto (Spock in 2009’s Star Trek), who plays the role of an EMH who guides you through the STO tutorial when you first start in the game. However, in a new interview the actor says he is now going to take some time off from Star Trek.
Quinto taking a Trek break until sequel
Of all of the new Star Trek actors, Zachary Quinto has probably done more in the extended world of Trek than any. In addition to his work on the film, Quinto narrated the audiobook for the Alan Dean Foster Star Trek novelization and has appeared at a number of Trek and sci-fi conventions. Most recently he provided the voice work for the tutorial EMH for Star Trek Online.
EMH Mark VI in STO tutorial – voiced by Quinto
But in a new interview with WIRED, the actor says that he is taking a break:
I’m stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while. I did this game to make an investment in the fan base.
Of course the next Star Trek movie comes out in June 2012, so it will be over two years until we see him doing Spock again, although it is expected he will be on the job when the film goes into production (presumably sometime in 2011). Like with all the other actors, Quinto signed on for options to do two additional Star Trek movies. However, it looks like he wont be showing up at any cons or voicing any more games or audiobooks in the short term.
It is possible that, like other Trek vets before him, Quinto is concerned about typecasting or becoming too associated with sci-fi (with Heroes and Star Trek being his two biggest associations). Quinto also told Wired he wanted to explore "other territory", but hopes his fans will come along, saying:
I want to invite them along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling.
More from Quinto at wired.com
Here is video of Quinto voicing the tutorial EMH for STO.