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Peter Weller Cast In Star Trek Sequel December 5, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

The Star Trek sequel has taken another big step forward with the casting of a major role. A new report has veteran actor Peter Weller tapped for a major role in JJ Abrams next trip to the final frontier. Of course this will not be Weller’s first trip to the final frontier. Details below.

 

Weller tapped for Star Trek sequel role

According to Variety, producer/director JJ Abrams has tapped Peter Weller to join the cast of his Star Trek sequel. No details on the role, but Weller is likely being being cast for the previously reported third major new role for the film.  The other two major roles (in addition to the film’s returning main cast) are the villain (Benicio Del Toro is in talks) and a female role (to be played by Alice Eve). Previously Variety noted this third role "could be another villain, someone who’s older and in more of a supporting character to del Toro". 

The 64 year-old Weller is a veteran of film and TV going back to the early 70s. He is probably best known for his starring role in the first two Robocop movies in 1987 and 1990. More recently he has been spotted doing guest spots on such shows as Psych and with recurring roles on 24 and Dexter (for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award). This will not be Weller’s first time working with JJ Abrams Bad Robot production company either. Weller did a guest spot in the second season of Fringe.


Peter Weller in Robocop (L) and on Dexter (R)

Weller is also a writer, producer and director. He has directed a number of TV episodes (including recent episodes of Sons of Anarchy), and received an Oscar nomination for his 1993 short film Partners.

Of course, Weller is no stranger to the Star Trek universe. In 2005 the actor had a major guest role in two episodes of the fourth and final season of Star Trek Enterprise ("Demons" & "Terra Prime"). Weller played John Fredrick Paxton, the leader of the "Terra Prime" terrorist organization.


Trailer for "Demons"

Stay tuned for more Star Trek movie updates soon.

 

Comments

1. VZX - December 5, 2011

Maybe a Klingon? Kang?

2. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

dear boborci,

Khan or not KHan….. I LOVE THIS CASTING. I hope he has a lot of screen time. Marvelous Actor !

3. Tony Todd's Tears - December 5, 2011

Half Man, Half Robot, ALL COP!!

4. Starfleet's Finest - December 5, 2011

Wow. I can totally picture this guy as a Klingon…

5. Nony - December 5, 2011

Robocop and nu-Dredd in the same movie? Rock it out.

6. Goldman - December 5, 2011

He’s an underrated actor and it’s good to see him finally in a mainstream movie again but he was already a special guest star on ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ in 2005. I would have liked to see a new actor to the franchise unless Weller is playing a descendant of John Frederick Paxton which would probably mean the villains are Terra Prime, the extremist xenophobic terrorist organisation.

7. somethoughts - December 5, 2011

Talosian for sure

8. Irishtrekkie - December 5, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0yuaUCKFII

RoboCop is one of my fave 80s sci fi movies.
its just brilliant, hmm think i will have to rewatch it again tonight.

9. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 6

Thats the feeling i get too when i see that robocop picture in anthony’s article up there, lol

10. tom r - December 5, 2011

Don’t forget folks Paxton didn’t die at the end of Terra Prime………

11. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

This casting has me really syched.

Time to pull out that old Terra Nova Episode From Star Trek: Enterprise to see him try to blow up Earth, lol….. BUT FAIL.

12. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 10.

I meant ‘Terra Prime’….. Not that horrible show Terra Nova, lol

13. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

Peter Weller was one of several great things in that final ENTERPRISE 2-parter “Demons” & “Terra Prime”. I generally disregard the stupid episode that followed it… ;)

14. ElrondL - December 5, 2011

“No matter where you go . . . there you are.” -Buckaroo Banzai.

What great news!

15. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 12

Agreed.

16. NFXstudios - December 5, 2011

I wonder if he will play a red shirt brought back to life by McCoy after an ill-fated landing party assignment.

17. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

I think this is a Big Time move for Trek 13 or is that 12.
Peter Weller will bring a strong performance to the new movie. Now. He could be playing Col Green in the new movie or another possible role would be reprising the role of John Fredrick Paxton from Enterprise and he would be helping out Col. Green played by Del Toro.

18. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Again. I see him reprising his Role of John Fredrick Paxton from Enterprise and helping out Del Toro as Col. Green somehow brought back from the late 21st Century. Or a Clone. I know. I hope they stay Far Far away from Clones.

19. I'm Dead Jim! - December 5, 2011

I agree! LOVE THE CASTING! Loved him in the series finale of Enterprise! (Yes, we all wish that had been the case.)

20. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Or. He could play a Borg. He was at one point Half Man and Half Machine. Lol

21. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

#18. As Far as I’m Concerned those two final eps were the Series Finale of Star Trek Enterprise. Those were also some great eps. Of course just about anything of Peter Weller does is Great!.

22. drapera - December 5, 2011

Matt Decker please…

23. Schultz - December 5, 2011

YEEEEEEEES! YEEEEEEEES! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!! Wonderful news!

24. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

16. Hmmm. Dabbling with science to get Tucker and T’Pol a baby. Maybe he’s cloned Colonel Green. He was an obsessive believer in his ideals of a pure humanity, while Paxton wanted to prevent any relations between us and the Vulcans. Enter Spock and his depleted race, struggling to survive…

25. Hugh Hoyland - December 5, 2011

Fantastic actor, man I like the acting choices big time so far no matter who the villian is.
Very good! :]

26. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

#23. That was what i was thinking. If he can do that then why not Clone Col. Green. Or it could be that he could have somehow contacted Excalbia and talked to Yarnek and they got Col. Green for them. Alsong with Khaless and Zora and Genghis and he uses them to help him in his plot.

27. Roobydoo - December 5, 2011

As much as I like the original Robocop, I always associate Weller first and foremost with his role as Buckaroo Banzai. Great actor and I hope he gets a juicy part in Trek Tu.

28. FlyingWok - December 5, 2011

I’m loving the casting so far for the new Trek film. First Alice Eve and Benecio Del Toro, and now Peter Weller! I love Peter Weller — his dedication to the craft of acting and the thoughtfulness and commitment he puts into his roles are always stellar and amazing.

I’m not an actor but in hearing and reading various interviews with actors it seems that having some very strong actors in a production tends to raise everyone else’s game as well. Not saying that the main cast of Trek are slouches in the acting department, but having heavy hitters like Del Toro and Weller on set can only raise the level of everyone else in the entire production.

I still hope it’s not Khan as the antagonist — does it really have to be a villain in the traditional “evil” sense? Maybe it’s just an antagonist who operates at cross purposes to the crew but for “good” reasons — but the recent casting news has gotten me excited for Trek 12 in 2013.

However, can we at least get hints of a subtitle for the movie? :D

29. Bamasi - December 5, 2011

“However, can we at least get hints of a subtitle for the movie? :D”

Yeah, he’s talking to you Mr. boborci.

30. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Yes Bob Orci. We all promise to play Dumb for a couple of Hint’s. Don’t we guys.

31. Vultan - December 5, 2011

“Your move, creep.”

32. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - December 5, 2011

yup i am thinking( and crossing my fingers) he is in fact someway connected to Paxton (either as Paxton himself or related)

33. Adolescent Nightmare - December 5, 2011

The mad scientist who creates the evil tribbles!

34. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

#32. I think a good bet would be for him to be a Grandson or something along those lines. Or. Maybe he froze himself in one of the DY Class Sleeper Ships that Khan used. Some great possibility’s

35. AJ - December 5, 2011

‘Does it hurt? Does it hurt?’

Great casting choice. I don’t even care what role he plays.

I could see him as some crusty admiral, or a haughty Klingon bastard.

36. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

Alternatively for a more TOS fan-fic approach (instead of an ENT one), I’m getting a Koloth-vibe from Weller’s casting.

Del Toro as Green and Weller (aged-up or in flashback) as Paxton… would be awesome.

For one thing, Khan’s story is still fixed to the 1990’s and covered by two appearance (plus three classic books by Greg Cox).

Colonel Green is yet to come! As the other main player in the WWIII era, with Zefram Cochrane.

37. John Gill - December 5, 2011

I had always associated Weller with Buckaroo Banzai, for some strange reason the Robocop shows don’t come to mind when I see something about him…

38. Drew - December 5, 2011

JJ must not have actually contacted HitFix…putting all of boborci’s clues/nonclues to work… he said that IF JJ said there was no Khan, there’s no Khan…

Seems like Weller= Green, del Toro= Khan after all, or some funky alt. timeline variation of this formula. Maybe we’ll see different time periods…Eugenics war (moved to a more reasonable point of Earth’s timeline) leading to Khan’s freezing, flash forward to Khan being rediscovered many years later.

Of course, my knowledge of Col. Green comes from a vague recollection of that TOS episode and a quick peek at memory alpha, so I could be totally wrong (could? likely)….

Sounds cool. Didn’t expect Robocop, that’s for sure. Will look into his work more and how this may tie into Trek….

39. boborci - December 5, 2011

30. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire – December 5, 2011

All I can say is that I wouldn’t cling on to any preconceived notions about what things will turn out like.

40. NCM - December 5, 2011

He’s new to me, but I take the excitement here as a good sign. I wonder, though, how the team will manage the necessary task of more fully developing not only the individual characters of K, S, Mc, U, Sc, Ch, Su, but also the relationships, K-S, K-S-M, S-U, while also developing not one, not two, but three major, new roles. This is going to be one big, busy movie, but that’s no surprise.

I think three major roles also makes it more likely the major new female role will add more female presence to the Enterprise, and that Eve will be a much revamped Rand or Chapel. I’d bet on the former, but hope for the latter.

41. CaptainGarth - December 5, 2011

I’m betting Peter will be playing Fleet Captan Garth who joins forces with Cmdr.Kor (B. Del Toro hopefully).

42. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

so bob, when will there be an official announcement on who plays who ? lol

43. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

#39. Bob Orci . May I call you Bob. I try never to have any preconceived notions on anything as that would lead to the notion that I know something when in fact I may not but pretend to know everything. I hope you understand Bob.

44. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

I think Peter Weller has sealed the deal for me with the Trek Sequel. To see him alone in the Trek Sequel is enough for me.

45. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 43

I think what he was trying to say was that Neither Khan or the Klingons are involved in the sequel ;)

46. rm10019 - December 5, 2011

39. boborci – lol nice! Very in keeping with your ‘hints’ if that’s what they can be called :)

47. NCM - December 5, 2011

@39: “…wouldn’t CLING ON…”?! Come on, now, you’re doing that on purpose!:)

48. ennan - December 5, 2011

Paxton and Kahn would make a great team. Paxton had a thing for eugenics. What if he found the botany bay? Would be a totally different spin on the story.

49. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

39. boborci, Groans off the starboard bow! >:->

50. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Yes. The Hint he gave with the Cling On is pretty funny. I was just playing a little Dumb. So to speak. Lol.

51. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 49.

Bob is enjoying the moments while they last… He laughs while we all are lost as to what the plan is….

52. Hat Rick - December 5, 2011

And with me listening to the theme to Robocop for weeks at a time recently.

There are no coincidences when it come to Trek.

53. Simpleton - December 5, 2011

God I wish everyone would stop yapping on about Khan. I am sure the story will be good. I just can’t wait to get a title and maybe teaser trailer or poster. Maybe by May time when next years blockbusters start. Any info on this Mr Orci

54. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Bob is a great Guy. Smart and Funny. Also. Devious. As he loves to drop hints on us poor souls here on Trek Movie. He knows we are hanging on his every word. In other Words. Bob has created his Own Conspiricy here at Trek Movie. But that is ok. Because we all Love Bob here at Trek Movie.

55. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 51

Im playing dumb just to get more information. ACtually honestly, i didn’t notice until you just posted, lol

56. Charley W - December 5, 2011

Let me guess: Mr Weller will play Capt. Garth (TM) (played by Del Toro in a 2 minute flashback, for which he will be paid 60% of the gross)’s gay lover, who will be out for REVENGE (TM) against Our Heroes (TM)

I sincerely hope that I’m wrong, but these people have been so damn predictable…

($15 tickets, Anyone?)

57. NuFan - December 5, 2011

I know they like to shake things up, but the evil tribbles rumor has to be false.

58. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

@ 57

If its true, then Star Trek is finished.

59. Boozba - December 5, 2011

what is it with people wanting jj and co. to redo khan,doomsday machine or mudd’s woman…???why cant we have something original?
listen,lets have a fun,original trek adventure…..thats all!

60. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

#55. I am actually good at playing dumb. Sometimes it hard to tell if I am or just acting like it. Lol.
Oh wait. Don’t think that sounded very good. Maybe I should stick to Live Chat and hang out with Harry and Blogger and the rest.

61. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Oh Bob Orci. You are more then Welcome to come on over to Live Chat any time. Harry Ballz and Blogger and cmdrR and myself and a few other great’s.

62. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 5, 2011

#39 Deep, Bob and so profound…:)

Yikes, perhaps Weller does play this guy from Enterprise who comes across the Botany Bay before the Enterprise does and finds that Khan and his group share the same desire for rule and maintaining the racial *purity* of humanity. Therefore no inter-species relationships and certainly no babies.

Then we have the Spocks, the human/vulcan hybrid, wanting to rebuild the Vulcan part of their racial inheritance, even to the point of procreating (if it’s possible). If this does not happen with either Spocks, how do we know that other Vulcan/? marriages/babies have not happened or may not happen as one answer to Vulcan’s need to repopulate. If it was good enough for Sarek and Amanda, well then…

63. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

I’m lousy at playing dumb when it comes to Star Trek. My excitement that 2 + 2 might equal 5 creeps into my posts every single time.

Now act me to act dumb! Now that I can do. I promise, you’ll have never seen a dumber actor than me…

64. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

63. *correction* Now ask me to act dumb!

Aw, hell… see what I mean?!?

65. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 5, 2011

Robocop

Chief of Security

66. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

#65. No. Better. Robocop to fight the Borg.

67. Gary Makin - December 5, 2011

Nice to see Weller getting a role in big movies again. He deserves it.

Hey Bob, how about a story about a Starfleet/Section 31 false flag attack, which is blamed on the Klingons, to justify a war for galactic resources and power? ;)

There’s already a one-world goverment in Trek – perhaps it’s not a good thing to have power centralized in one place (which is what some elitists want right now in the real world).

68. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 5, 2011

#59 It is not that everyone wants to see the old characters from TOS recycled for this movie. People are just speculating on who the three new actors being cast for this movie may be playing.

In the case of Alice Eve, it was reported that she would be playing a character new to canon, most likely. However, in the case of Del Toro, it is reported that he will play a villain known within the Star Trek TOS world and that Peter Weller will play this person’s older mentor. Hence, all the speculation re Del Toro possibly being Khan, Kang, Kor etc etc because they are all known bad guys within Star Trek TOS canon. Weller may be playing someone new, eg Klingon Kang’s mentor that we have not met before or he may play someone familiar.

Bear in mind that characters and/or events occurring in ST:Enterprise could have a bearing on the story the writers are telling in this sequel, or there may be no reference at all to anyone or anything that occurred in that series.

69. Plainsman - December 5, 2011

I’m always hoping to see an actor famous for baddies doing a ‘good guy’ role.. but with the edge of ‘real life’ conflict clear to see. Weller could do it perfectly.

70. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Weather it be a good guy or a bad guy. Peter weller can do it all.

71. Weller Weller Weller - December 5, 2011

RIGHT ON!! Mr. Weller is a good actor! I look forward to seeing his presence on-screen.

Here’s to hoping we’ll see Bruce Greenwood coming back (cameo?) as Pike.

72. Tiberius Subprime - December 5, 2011

If Col Green is in the movie, then he would have to do some time travelling to get to the 23rd Century. If I remember, Col Green came from the lat 21st or early 22nd Centuries.

I think Col Green being in the movie is unlikely, as they would not be so stupid as to do yet another time travel story.

73. Red Dead Ryan - December 5, 2011

Nice to see Peter Weller in the sequel. But he most certainly WILL NOT be reprising his role as Paxton. The guys have said that they were looking exclusively at TOS for inspiration for the sequel, not any of the other spin-offs.

So I have to think its more likely he’ll be playing a Klingon, Talosian, or some other TOS character. Or maybe an entirely new and original character.

But definitely not Paxton.

74. Plum - December 5, 2011

As a Buckaroo Banzai irregular I am exited!

75. Bricklayer - December 5, 2011

I’m pretty sure if we intelligently think about this, we can narrow down the character possibilities…Del Toro and Weller will both be playing villains, Del Toro’s villain is familiar (which means TOS-era) and Weller will be Del Toro’s “mentor”…(assuming these reports are accurate). So just go through the TOS episodes, there aren’t many “villains” in there. I’m going with the Klingons…

76. Harry Ballz - December 5, 2011

Peter Weller? Yawn!

77. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

73. I’m reluctantly forced to agree. That’s already preconceived, if boborci’s hint is anything to go by.

A fun train of thought while it lasted though!

78. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 5, 2011

Ok!. I have it. He will play Trelane.

79. Hat Rick - December 5, 2011

Mentor and padawan, perhaps?

Darth Garth of Izar. Indubitably.

80. dmduncan - December 5, 2011

Peter Weller, not bad. More casting news, please. Keep em coming.

81. Drew - December 5, 2011

If Bad Robot & co can make Klingons cool to the general public… then they’d deserve a pat on the back. Klingons are the most popularly mocked Trek villains from where I stand, so maybe boborci can “reintroduce” them, dropping the cliche Klingon look, and wake up the general public to one of Trek’s greatest villains (TOS, especially)

82. Hat Rick - December 5, 2011

All right. We now know that Robocop will be in the movie. Trouble is, Arnold is getting too old, so who will play the T-800?

Also l expect Brent to reprise his role as Ol’ Yellow Eyes.

83. Endeavour Crew - December 5, 2011

Where is “Inside the Production”????

That’s what I thought….

84. John Whorfin - December 5, 2011

LAUGH WHILE YOU CAN, MONKEY BOY!

85. Viking - December 5, 2011

RoboKang – our answer to Darth Vader.

86. william scathe - December 5, 2011

The utter failure of us nerds to catch a clue at large is kind of hilarious.

87. Shannon Nutt - December 5, 2011

Thanks to Weller’s casting, we finally know who Kirk will be fighting in the new Star Trek movie: The World Crime League.

88. La Reyne d'Epee - December 5, 2011

Perhaps the writers will take inspiration from Weller’s previous role in The Naked Lunch and the crew will hallucinate typewriter bugs taking over the Enterprise, the sequel to be entitled The Trouble with Typewriters

89. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

“Murphy! It’s you!”

Chris Pine almost got cast in the Robocop reboot going on, didn’t he?

Peter can fill him in on the bullet he’s dodging!

90. VZX - December 5, 2011

Yeah, I don’t see the logic in having him be Paxton just because he played him before. Tim Russ played different characters in Trek before he was Tuvok. So did James Cromwell before he was Cochrane.

Anyway, having Weller play Commodore Decker makes sense. Maybe the new movie will be a mix of Doomsday machine but with Klingons. (If we are to believe Orci’s hints). I think that would be very cool…

I just hope for no Borg and no Khan!

91. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

^ As Murphy/Robocop I heard.

92. boborci - December 5, 2011

i have given no hints. Truly.

93. Red Dead Ryan - December 5, 2011

I wonder if Bob ever saw the “Demons/Terra Prime” two-part “Enterprise” episodes?

#76.

Why the lack of enthusiasm for Peter Weller?

94. The Last Vulcan - December 5, 2011

Del Toro is Kor, Weller is either Kang or… wait for it… Kahless! :)

95. Radioactive Spock - December 5, 2011

I’ll buy that for a dollar. lol. Excellent. It’s a very interesting development. I can imagine all kinds of great characters for him to portray!

96. The Last Vulcan - December 5, 2011

#92 Mr. Orci, your non-clues are a delight! Please keep them coming! :) I raise a glass of Ale of Klingon Courage to your health! batlh bIHeghjaj! May you die well. (That’s a compliment!)

97. Derf - December 5, 2011

Call me crazy, but doesn’t he kinda look like…

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Gary_Seven

:p

98. In The Know - December 5, 2011

Weller would make a good Capt. Ron Tracey.

99. Luke Michalski - December 5, 2011

Del Toro is NOT playing anything in Trek. Kinda’ sucks.

http://movies.ign.com/articles/121/1214037p1.html

100. I am not Herbert - December 5, 2011

Peter Weller = Dr. Soong?

101. The Last Vulcan - December 5, 2011

#99… I want to see indy confirmation. I’m taking this with a grain of salt the size of the Enterprise-E. :)

102. I am not Herbert - December 5, 2011

maybe Javier Bardem instead (of Del Torro)…?

103. Luke Michalski - December 5, 2011

#101. It’s everywhere. Collider, Vulture, IGN.

http://collider.com/benicio-del-toro-drops-out-star-trek-sequel/130440/

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/12/benicio-del-toro-star-trek-sequel-khan.html

104. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

Yes, but why Khan again? Why not flesh out any of the other TOS big bad wolves. Name recognition? You know what? There’s already a starship named Enterprise, crewed by its most famous iteration – Kirk, Spock and McCoy to cover those bases nicely.

105. Brother of Shran - December 5, 2011

Terra Prime FOREVER!!!!

I love Peter Weller in Star Trek : Enterprise and both Robo Cop movies. He can be a great hero or villain given the material. I wonder how he would play a Romulan senator???

IT’s a FAAAAKKKKKEEE!!!!

rotfl

106. Christopher Roberts - December 5, 2011

Apologies. My comments are more relevant to Benecio Del Toro’s thread below, rather than Peter Weller’s.

Regarding Del Toro: Hopefully it was nothing he’d read online. Most (if not all) of what I read was in praise of such a casting, regardless of prospective character.

107. The Last Vulcan - December 5, 2011

#106 IF that’s true and it’s a huge IF, it’s a $$$ situation. I don’t think that actors of Del Toro’s fame care one whit what a bunch of Trekkers on a forum say or not. :)

108. Commodore KorTar - December 5, 2011

I’m thinking we need a pole to the side here, asking us to decide what TOS villian do we think would best fit Weller?

Khan… no

Harry Mudd… not unless he wants to put on some weight and grow a stache.

Talosion… possibly but, I would think we are past that since we are already well into season one of the TOS remakes in the comic series.

Klingon… Yes please.

109. Bryan - December 5, 2011

I think Weller would play a terrific Commodore Decker!

110. Dr. Cheis - December 5, 2011

I hope he’s an alien. It bugs me to see the same actor play two different humans on Star Trek unless they are supposed to be related.

111. The Last Vulcan - December 5, 2011

OK, let’s play Assume. Let’s assume that Del Toro did back out from playing Khan. Let’s also assume that Weller was the older whatever (my guess is Klingon helping the Botany Bay crew take over the Big E). So now Weller is going to stay the older whatever and the Khan role is up for grabs. Who has the gravitas that Del Toro does to play a character as momentous as Khan? I have noooooooooo idea. Colin Firth? Daniel Day-Lewis? Viggo Mortensen? Christoph Waltz?

112. Vulcan Soul - December 5, 2011

Of course, it is most ironic that Weller’s only previous Trek assignment was for a story that also had a super baddie threatening to blow up planets with a super cannon. For all the hate given to the Enterprise creators and all the love given to Abrams, it is remarkable how in the end both seem to share an interest to push 1930s level sci fi plots.

113. Drake1701 - December 5, 2011

Good Actor- whatever the role its a great addition.

114. Chain of Command - December 5, 2011

Peter Weller is awesome. Always liked him. And he’s super smart too outside of the acting world. He’s a professor (of history I believe) for goodness sake!

115. jas_montreal - December 5, 2011

Looks like Khan is INDEED in the sequel. :)

So Who’s Peter Weller now ? Interesting….

116. Khan was Framed! - December 5, 2011

I’m going with either:

– a corrupt Commodore who is manipulated by Khan

– or Carol Marcus’ father who Khan kidnaps when he successfully steals the Enterprise & leaves Kirk & co. marooned.

117. The Last Vulcan - December 5, 2011

I think I might have a Khan candidate. BFA in acting from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Amazing looking guy who really has the chops: Joe Manganiello. Best guy I can think of so far to play Mr. Singh.

118. number6 - December 5, 2011

Nice bit of casting!!

119. Jim, London - December 5, 2011

Commodore Decker?

120. Magic_Al - December 5, 2011

Loved Weller on 24 and RoboCop is classic. Weller’s movement work is what sells that Robo-suit.

121. CarlG - December 5, 2011

Ooh, now this is a casting choice I can get behind, no problem! :)

Question: Is Bruce Greenwood coming back as Pike? If so, can we have many, many Weller/Greenwood scenes of the two of them just owning everyone else in the galaxy? Please??

122. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 5, 2011

#92 Correct!

What I keep finding incredible and sad is that the fact that, because other directors have lied about who were in the movies they were making, automatically means that people assume that any other director/producer who disagrees with popular rumours must be lying.

Roberto Orci has said that if JJ says something is, say ABC, then it is ABC, not DEF. Can anyone find a legitimate, credible incident where JJ Abrams has actually lied about any other production he was in the process of making? Giving little or no information is not lying.

123. cd - December 5, 2011

Romulan Romulan Romulan!
A Romulan, manipulating the Klingons to attack the Federation, a Federation that appears to vulnerable after one of its founding worlds, Vulcan, is destroyed. The Romulans get the Klingons to do all their dirty work, and then the Romulans come and take over.
Sounds too good, will never happen.

124. Trekwebmaster - December 5, 2011

Hey Bob, When I look-into Peter’s eyes, I keep seeing an “illusion?”

MCU – (Shot of Laser Pistol’s intensity being dialed-up with Audio FX.)

It’s wrong to keep an entire group of Human Beings, as slaves…

(Hum of Laser pistol over-loading…)

125. Basement Blogger - December 5, 2011

@ 13 Christopher Roberts

I agree that “Demons and Terra Prime” should have been the finale for Star Trek: Enterprise. I don’t hate “These are the voyages….” but they shouldn’t have killed Trip. Anyway, it’s a show that you and I both love.

By the way, after seeing seasons three and four, I realize they were doing a metaphor for the war on terror. After the Xindi attack, Capt. Archer takes drastic measures to complete his mission, like torture and piracy. Then in season four we see prejudice against aliens because of the Xindi attack. Enterprise beat Star Trek (2009) to the punch on 9/11 metaphors since Damon Lindelof keeps saying Nero’s attack was their 9/11 moment. .
Before I forget, how about Peter Weller reprising RoboCop for Funny or Die?
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/521706ecf7/robocop-speaks-to-detroit

126. John Bigbootee - December 6, 2011

#84. LOL!! Cursa You Banzai!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdHmtfzI3t4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

127. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - December 6, 2011

Casting coup! I like Peter Weller, from Robocop to Naked Lunch to Dexter….

128. captain_neill - December 6, 2011

This is excellent news. Peter Weller is another of my fav actors and the star of one of my all time fav films, RoboCop.

129. chrisfawkes.com - December 6, 2011

He looked very Borg like as robocop.

130. Jack - December 6, 2011

Am I the only guy not thrilled by this? We’re getting into B/direct-to-DVDmovie territory here, what’s next, Anthony Zerba?

Although, I said the same thing when I heard Rutger Hauer was cast in Nolan’s Batman.

I didn’t like him in Bonzai, Robocop, Enterprise or Naked Lunch. I’ve always found his acting wooden and his characters identical.. I don’t see characters with him, I see Peter Weller.

And I wasn’t a fan of him on Enterprise either.

Note: Viggo Mortenson is a chameleon and a heck of an actor. He was fantastic as Freud in the latest Cronenberg flick. Cast him already.

And I’m hoping there’s no connection to Enterprise. Stop trying to wrath-of-Khan everything and chase some original ideas. Khan, and first contact worked, both on their own but also because the original episodes, years before, opened some interesting possibilities.

125. But Archer’s intensity/insanity wasn’t really criticized, was it? It seemed to, holding that analogy, be saying that the overreaction after 9/11 was fine. Maybe it was understandable (oops, poor guy overreacted a little), but fine? Did I miss the episode where he was court-martialled?

The speculation on here — every new actor announced must be playing Col.
Green, Khan, Carol Marcus or Balok — drives me a little nuts. And get off my lawn.

131. VZX - December 6, 2011

92. boborci – December 5, 2011
i have given no hints. Truly.

Sure, sure, I’ll buy that for a dollar… (Get it? Robocop ref?)

132. tpresto - December 6, 2011

Does this mean the Villains will be from the Planet 10? (John Bigboote, John O’Conner, John Gomez, John Yaya, et al.?)

Christopher Lloyd can play a Star Trek villain again! ;)

133. Desstruxion - December 6, 2011

RoboKlingon?

134. trekker 5 - December 6, 2011

Cool,I have I said I’m excited about this movie?! :)

135. Christopher Roberts - December 6, 2011

134. I think you just did! ;)

136. Viking - December 6, 2011

Better yet: after a Starfleet board of inquiry finds the loss of the U.S.S. Constellation to the planet killer was due to command negligence, a bitter and unstable Matt Decker is demoted to Commander and assigned to the Whorfin class transport, S.S. Burpleson. With the aid of his first officer, LTC ‘Bat’ Guano, Decker hatches a plot to attack Red Lectroids from the Planet Ten, whom he believes built the planet killer to introduce fluoride into Earth’s water supply and, as he tells Guano over a drink of grain alcohol and rainwater, ‘contaminate our precious bodily fluids’. The Enterprise is ordered to intercept the Burpleson and stop Decker before his attack triggers the Lectroids’ stolen oscillation overthruster and it sends a doomsday machine careening directly toward Earth. Guest starring Peter Weller as General “Buck” Turgidson, Alice Eve as Penny Priddy/The Borg Queen, and William Shatner, George Takei, and Pepe Cerna as ‘The Hong Kong Cavaliers’. Special appearance by Ray Walston’s cremation urn as ‘Boothby’.

Or would there be too many cross-licensing issues for that?

137. Basement Blogger - December 6, 2011

Okay, I’ve blogged about the possible plot and know that some of you think Weller would not be reprising his role as Paxton from Enterprise’s “Terra Prime.” Here why I think he can be.

Paxton wanted to drive humans off earth. He’s probably a little to old to do it when he escapes or is released from prison. He needs a pro-human fascist ally. Try a strong one. Try a cloned superhuman. Try Khan. Somebody needs to defrost the guy. They’re not going to make a bottle show like Space Seed into a bottle show movie.

I quickly want to address the Paxton is obscure criticism. If you recall Khan was explained to the non-fans in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with Captain Terrell asking Chekov about Khan. A couple lines from Chekov and Khan, audience knows. Same thing with Paxton. Like I said somebody has to defrost Khan. You’re not making Space Seed again. So Paxton has a very good reason to do so.

138. Amalak - December 6, 2011

Know it will never happen, but Weller would really make am awesome Gary Seven!

139. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI - December 6, 2011

Hmmm, word is he’ll be playing a futuristic CEO…

http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/8817/peter-weller-returns-to-star-trek.html

140. Rush Limborg - December 6, 2011

Hmm…I think Weller looks like he could be a passable Garth (of Izar)…or Ronald Tracy.

141. Geodesic - December 7, 2011

Brock Peters and Rene Auberjonois both appeared in TOS Movies before appearing in DS9. There is precedent for this.

142. Christopher Roberts - December 7, 2011

Don’t forget about Kurtwood Smith in all of this. He was Weller’s co-star on Robocop and had something like three roles in the Star Trek universe. The Federation President in The Undiscovered Country, Annorax in Voyager’s “Year of Hell” two-parter and Thrax (previous Security Chief) during Deep Space Nine’s “Things Past”.

143. Red Dead Ryan - December 7, 2011

“The Search For Spock”s Robin Curtis also guest starred in TNG’s “Gambit” two-parter. Paul Winfield from TWOK was also in “Darmok”. David Warner appeared in both “The Final Frontier”, and “The Undiscovered Country” before appearing in the TNG two parter, “Chain Of Command”.

144. VOODOO - December 7, 2011

He must be the head of the eugenics company that made Khan the “superhuman” that he is.

145. Hat Rick - December 8, 2011

Annorax — now that was a character.

Trek has so many interesting characters; so many fascinating stories. I think that any series would be lucky to have one or two memorable episodes, but over the years, Trek has had hundreds, from “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” to “City on the Edge of Forever” to “These Are the Voyages….” Even the secondary and tertiary subplots are memorable and fodder for imagination and speculation. What are the machinations of Section 31, for example? Whatever happened to Dr. Gillian Taylor after she kidnapped herself to the 23d Century at the end of STIV?

Honestly, there’s no better SF universe to be interested in than ST.

As for televised SF, only Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone approaches the sheer number of interesting stories that ST has shown the world. Rod Serling, in my mind, is the only man comparable in influence in the television SF world to Gene Roddenberry. Though they came from different backgrounds, both were part of the Greatest Generation and served the country well in World War II. They both shared the searing experience of war that I believe shaped their view of what the future of humanity should be. Serling and Roddenberry were both consummate humanists, because they saw the good and evil humanity was capable of. Their work speaks to us today.

Many who were attracted to science fiction saw the common goodness in these two creators, and they in turn wrote for Star Trek and other SF enterprises. Through this second generation of writers and producers, through stories, characters, and outlooks they present, we have consolidated an entire proto-literary world of truly great writing.

We are lucky to live in this age where SF is as influential as it is, and where we are able to access these works of imagination so easily to enrich our own intellectual and emotional lives.

146. Christopher Roberts - December 8, 2011

I suppose this means Peter Weller maybe enjoyed his turn on Enterprise, to say “Yes” to another. It would’ve been great to have seen that during a fifth season. Not meant to be I guess.

I’ve a memory of reading something Weller said in an interview around the time “Demons” was on TV. Two reasons why he agreed to do it: Manny Coto was writing and he’d enjoyed the other show he’d done, Odyssey 5. The other had to do with owing Nimoy a favour. Earlier in his career, Otto Premenger was directing him and didn’t like what he doing – to which Nimoy (who was co-starring) came to his defence.

147. Joshua J. Slone - December 9, 2011

@3: Ahh, so he plays the thing that caught up to Kirk after driving a car off a cliff.

148. Nicholas Baker - December 19, 2011

I can’t wait for Star Trek movie to come out next December.

149. rangerone314 - January 3, 2012

I can see Peter Weller as Kor.

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