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Orci: Bruce Greenwood Written Into Star Trek Seqeul Script December 20, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

Most Trek fans agree that Bruce Greenwood excelled in his performance as Captain Pike in the 2009 Star Trek movie. And now a co-writer/producer for the sequel has revealed we should probably expect Greenwood to return for the sequel.


Greenwood’s Pike written in for Star Trek sequel

Commenting here at TrekMovie.com yesterday, Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Roberto Orci let a little sequel tidbit out of the bag with this comment:

boborci: Spoiler alert!

We wrote a part for Greenwood. Let us hope he says “Yes!”

While Greenwood’s Pike was a major role in the 2009 Star Trek movie, he (unlike the others in the main cast) didn’t have a set option to return for the sequel. However the actor has been clear in interviews over the last few years that he is very interested to return to the role of Pike, who was promoted to Admiral at the end of the 2009 movie.

But what will Pike be doing? – and will he be in the chair?

While Orci has revealed that they have written a role for Pike in the sequel, it isn’t know if we will see him in a wheelchair. Pike was last seen in a chair due to injuries from being tortured by Nero. Greenwood has said in interviews that he would prefer not to be in the chair for the sequel.

Bruce Greenwood as Admiral Pike in a wheelchair in 2009’s "Star Trek" – an homage to the chair-bound Pike in the TOS episode "The Menagerie"

There is also the question about what kind of role Pike will have in the sequel. Kirk is now in command of the Enterprise and Pike is now an admiral. There is a long tradition of having admirals as part of Star Trek films. Sometimes they are mostly authority figures to hand out orders (or reprimands), such as Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) in Star Trek Nemesis or Admiral Barnett (Tyler Perry) in 2009’s Star Trek. However other films have brought admiral characters more into the plot of the film, such as Admiral Cartwright (Brock Peters) as part of the anti-Federation/Klingon treaty conspiracy in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country or Admiral Dougherty (Anthony Zerbe) working to forcibly move the Ba’ku in Star Trek: Insurrection.

Star Trek movie Admirals (clockwise from top left): Cartwright (STVI), Dougherty (ST: INS),
Barnett (ST:2009), and Janeway (ST: NEM)

Hopefully Pike will do more than just hand out some orders. The 2009 Star Trek movie has already established Pike as a sort of surrogate father to Kirk. It was Pike who talked Kirk into Starfleet and Pike who made Kirk first officer, both times showing faith in the young man that he didn’t even have in himself. It would be interesting to see this mentoring relationship develop in the the sequel.



1. Adam E - December 20, 2011

Great news! Keep the small spoilers comming!

2. Peter Loader - December 20, 2011

Great news, even with the grammatical errors!

3. Sean1701 - December 20, 2011

@boborci – In Star Trek The Motion Picture, there was a character named Cleary that worked in the engine room. Any chance of working a character named Cleary in the new film? ;-)

4. Gordon Ramsey's knife - December 20, 2011

Looks like its no Khan thank you

5. Brian K - December 20, 2011

Cool, it would be great to see him in a cameo or supporting role. But as I voted in the poll, time for this new crew to stand on their own. So many father/surrogate father figures in the last film (Pike, Sarek, even Spock Prime). It worked well to establish these characters, but time for them to “move out” and move on, on their own.

6. Odkin - December 20, 2011

Greenwood makes the new pretty-boy crew look a little soft. A cameo is fine, but any side-by-side action is just going to diminish Pines’ leading man hero role.

7. Brian K - December 20, 2011

BTW, anyone else wondering about the push to cast the “villain”? Seemed like a priority a few weeks ago, now nothing? Kinda strange with production starting in a month not to have a supposedly major character cast at this point.

8. I Wish I Was Spock - December 20, 2011

I’m really hoping to finally see Nurse Chapel…and Kevin Riley would be amazing!

9. EM - December 20, 2011


10. Viking - December 20, 2011

I always loved that transitional ST: TMP uniform that Greenwood wore at the end of the movie. Nice touch. Hey, Bob Orci: is that indicative of any progressive wardrobe mods we might see in the next movie? Any pastel leotards or wool bellhop duds in the offing?

11. Ahmed Abdo - December 20, 2011

Good to have Greenwood back in the sequel.

12. Darklighter1976 - December 20, 2011

Bob – one beep for Khan, two beeps for Not Khan?

13. Darkthunder - December 20, 2011

One role i’d envision for “Admiral” Pike to partake in, is if he is commanding a fleet of ships (i.e “Fleet Captain” or Fleet Admiral), in response to a serious threat against the Federation. But not necessarily a threat previously seen in TOS or the first JJ movie.

Possibility of a more realistic “Borg” threat? We know that the 22nd century Borg sent a signal to the Delta Quadrant, maybe a random Borg vessel picked up the signal before the “Q Who” Borg.

Would rather see this universe’s Christopher Pike go out in a better fate than the original series Pike. Preferrably not wheelchair bound.

14. C Mosenko - December 20, 2011

Howabout we have Commodore Decker scan the Doomsday machine, all of a sudden he gets a distress call from a ship which is being attacked by a Borg Khan. Gary Mitchel with his new super powers tries to take out the Enterprise. But Trelane thinks it would be fun to pester Gary Mitchel. The doomsday machine destroys the borg as kang and korr plan to attack starfleet. Thankfully admiral pike and captain Garth keep them busy until kirk arrives just in time with the help of Charlie x.

Or they can just create a whole new charecter.

15. Jeff - December 20, 2011

Good news. One of the best little things they did in the new movie is that they saved Capt. Pike. Thanks for that, boborci.

16. chrisfawkes.net - December 20, 2011

That is true 13. That event in first contact would completely justify the borg arriving in this time frame.

I hope they bring in the borg for the third movie if they have not brought them in for this next one.

I think whereas Picard took out one borg queen and ship Kirk would see a bigger picture and work out how to take them all out.

17. CarlG - December 20, 2011

I am now a happy Trekker! Greenwood was fantastic as Pike and I can’t wait to see him again.

18. kingtiger505 - December 20, 2011


19. BeatleJWOL - December 20, 2011

Clearly the new film will have a non-injured Pike as a Starfleet Admiral…over subspace communication, sitting behind a desk, just like on TOS. :D

20. Reign1701A - December 20, 2011

“Sequel” is spelled wrong on the header, FYI

21. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 20, 2011

#6 Eh, what?

Maybe Bob has written more than one scene for Pike. One scene would have to be where Admirals Pike and Archer (Scott Bakula) give Captain fine, “pretty boy” Pine/Kirk a pretty young beagle as the captain’s and Enterprise’s mascot, in keeping with a fine tradition started by the first captain of the Enterprise, Captain Archer! And of course, Pike goes tell Kirk to kick that Klingon’s arse good and proper!

22. NCM - December 20, 2011

I don’t think it would make any sense for Pike to be wheelchair bound. Researchers predict spinal cord injuries will be curable in the not so distant future. Unless the human race comes unraveled, there will be no need for wheel chairs in the future. And, if there are, they’ll be adjustable so that those who use them can be in a fully vertical position (so eye to eye with those standing) as they wish.

23. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - December 20, 2011

Piiiiiiiike!! Yaaaaaaay!!!

24. Sid - December 20, 2011


I’m happy.

25. Sebastian S. - December 20, 2011

Very good news, indeed.

I loved Greenwood’s take on Pike. And I liked his new mentor role to Kirk in the last ST movie. Smart move, guys.

Confidence rising…. ;-)

26. its me - December 20, 2011

good. i like the actor and his role. just do not make him too important.

27. Spock's Uncle - December 20, 2011

Thank Heavens! Bruce Greenwood was the glue that held the movie together… his steady presence, the balance he gave an uncertain, impulsive Kirk and a angry (yes, I said it–ANGRY) Spock was exactly the right tone… His Pike really should be the next big feature… Let’s do a prequel to the current prequel, featuring Greenwood as Pike… as good as Kirk ever was in my opinion.

28. NuKhan? - December 20, 2011

@16…you mean like Janeway did in the Voyager series finale? Oh yes, because we all know how the fallout from that turned out in the NextGen reboot novels… specifically a little Alpha Quadrant Armageddon piece called the Destiny Trilogy?

29. Jackson Lake - December 21, 2011

Perhaps he’ll have a similar amount of screen time and a somewhat similar function as Laurence Fishbourne did as Brassel in Mission: Impossible III?

30. Porthos - December 21, 2011

I want Admiral Archer too!

…and beam me up, Scotty!

31. Rob - December 21, 2011

I’m all for a viewscreen conversation with Pike and an elderly Archer going over some star maps at Starfleet HQ. If it’s a matter of money, split the difference from the various merchandise licensing fees. You KNOW that Fleet Admiral Archer and Rear Admiral Pike goodies would sell like hotcakes.

32. Rob - December 21, 2011

And by the way…I just watched ST V: The Final Frontier again, and that “Admiral Bob” cameo by Harve Bennett is really jarring. I wish they would have gone with a friendly, happy go lucky Admiral Cartwright. (Maybe his smile straight DROPS a second before the transmission cuts out…) I’m sure Brock Peters would have come back for a little more than scale for a half day’s filming w/teleprompter. Just think how it would inform his heel turn in Undiscovered Country! What a missed opportunity…

33. Jay - December 21, 2011

Greenwood/Pike being back in Star Trek 2013 would be great news indeed.

34. The Unknown Poster - December 21, 2011

Archer? Wouldnt he be 100+? It makes little sense that he was an active Admiral in this time period as stated in the movie. Perhaps not the same Archer.

35. Schultz - December 21, 2011

Greenwood will surely say yes. Weller & Greenwood alone would make me want to see the film.

36. NuKhan? - December 21, 2011

@34…actually it does make sense…McCoy in the Prime Universe was still alive at 137, and had had Spock’s katra in him. Archer in Season 4 had had Surak’s katra in him. You do the math and make the connection.

37. Jerry Modene - December 21, 2011

How about Star Trek XII: The Wrath of Pike? ;)

38. Janice - December 21, 2011

I’m SO excited about this news and I hope we’ll hear soon that Bruce Greenwood has accepted the role. Surely he’ll say “YES” !
It just made my day to read that a part was written for BG in the sequel!!
THANK YOU Bob Orci and the other writers.

39. Damian - December 21, 2011

Good news. Greenwood and Urban were really 2 of the best actors in the last movie.

40. Charla - December 21, 2011

Thanks Bob for the update, Greenwood is a great actor. So glad to hear this, he provides an excellent authority model for the young crew.

41. Desstruxion - December 21, 2011

He should be in charge of the development of Excelsior. I would love to see an Abramsverse version of USS Excelsior.

42. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 21, 2011

#42 Yes, Pike could do that, but only after he has overseen the development and completion of the new state-of-the-art space station in the outer reaches not far from a yet to be discovered Menosian planetary system. Isn’t that right, Bob Orci…:)?

And no, Pike would no longer be in a wheelchair at this point, although he may still require the aid of crutches now and then. Admiral Pike has never been busier…

43. Decker - December 21, 2011

So will Alice Eve be Vina?

44. rm10019 - December 21, 2011

43 – No, considering the report says she is a character new to Trek.

45. Alice - December 21, 2011

Great news! I loved Pike!!!!!

46. Battle-scarred Sciatica - December 21, 2011

I love Pikes uniform when hes in that wheelchair.

Harking back and nodding to the Robert Fletcher designs from TMP.

All thats missing is the medical monitoring device (where a belt buckle should be) and wrist communicator.


47. Andrews - December 21, 2011

Now please cast Number One! :D

48. Shilliam Watner - December 21, 2011

Greenwood has class and gravitas. I hope he has a larger role than a mere cameo. In fact, they should do a new Trek series on TV, and have Greenwood as the captain!

49. Tom Marchand - December 22, 2011

I’d really like to see Admiral Pike Again. By the way–
why wasn’t the character of Finnegan in the Trek movie at the

50. The Unknown Poster - December 22, 2011

It really bugged me that Kirk was promoted to Captain. I know they wanted to end the movie that way but it was such a stretch.

Ending it with Kirk assigned to the Farragut and Pike saying he’ll be requesting Kirk transfers to the Enterprise as soon as the ship (and Pike) are ready for duty would have been a better way to end it.

And then have the next movie be Pike on the Enterprise as Captain, a female first officer, Spock as science officer and Kirk, fresh off of even more heroics aboard the Farragut transferred over…end that movie with him promoted and selecting Spock as his CO (and Pike paralyzed in the line of duty as the timeline “corrects” itself).

Call me a sucker for logical storylines but I would have preferred that over the cookie cutter need to skip logic just to wrap everything up in a pretty little bow. Making Kirk’s rise to the Captaincy as part of a trilogy would have fit into the modern story-telling method of big budget franchises too.

51. Sammy Belil - December 22, 2011

BRING HIM BACK!!! And please get him out of that DAMN CHAIR :-) :-)!!!!!

52. Faulty AE35 Antenna Unit - December 22, 2011

They seem to be forgetting another Admiral in Star Treks 1, 2, 3 & 4… KIRK.

53. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 22, 2011

#52 Nobody is forgetting anything. Wrong time and place. People here are concerned at how quickly this young Kirk was promoted to captain and you are going on about Admiral Kirk, which is years away still.

Admiral Archer fits (just) into where everyone is timewise in this alternate universe. Archer may be 100+ years, but still may have all his mental and physical faculties…(I met a 100 year old woman the other day, for real – not so great physically but mind still sharp and bright…), so see Archer (Scott Bakula) again is within the realms of being logically possible.

Not so, Admiral (Shatner) Kirk – been over this so many times in the past.

54. Ian B - December 22, 2011

I sincerely hope he’s not in the wheelchair, it will strain credibility too far. Pike’s appalling state was plausible in the medically primitive 1960s, but now we’ve advanced so far over these few decades, it is beyond belief that anyone in the 23rd century could be permanently crippled.

Or bald in the 24th, come to that.

55. Spock/Uhura Fan - December 22, 2011

Good to know. “Let’s punch it!” ;-)

56. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 22, 2011

Except that some people think that bald is sexy.

57. Battle-scarred Sciatica - December 22, 2011


I’m sorry Dave but I can’t let you do that.
Would you like a game of chess?

Daisy, daaaiissyy, ggggiiiiivvvvveeeee…

Damn right by the way! Kirk was THE admiral!

I am sure no one had forgotten tho….:)

58. MONGO - December 22, 2011

Mongo like Greenwood mans.

59. Khan was framed! - December 22, 2011

I hope they show him in an automated chair, with slurred speech & partial facial paralysis, slowly degrading.

60. David - December 24, 2011

Yes, from our point of view about the future and the prospect of medical and technical progress which might occur in our lifetime (hell, IBM has announced working on a connection between thoughts and computers!!!!!!!!), wheelchairs in 23rd won’t appear credible.
But, then again we should consider the moral in Star Trek:
It would show that disabled people are a normal part of society and shall not be excluded (to point out our present society).
We have seen Worf struggling with being paralysed, we have seen the inventor of the transporter in ENT in a wheelchair (OK, that was due to another reason).
Then again we have also had a blind charakter in TNG, yet i believe blindness might be “cured” someday in this century.
Excluding them would lead to the question wether their problems will have been solved somewhere in the futuere dur to medical progress, or if they simply will have become excluded by society. That’s not what Star Trek has stood for.

Merry Christmas form Germany!

61. T.'. - December 24, 2011

Bob, please make sure that the new timeline Starfleet ranks are consistent, both for officers and enlisted, if you can. If we have Pike having been promoted to Rear Admiral (Lower-Half) in ST 2009, he could be either a Vice-Admiral or full Admiral when the sequel begins. (That is, if you guys are following the fully developed rank scheme that existed once ST:TNG and DS9 had emerged to flesh them out. The TOS ranks were more basic)


62. charles charles - December 28, 2011

yea i really liked greenwood in the first film. The thin gi cant get over is how his performance clearly showed what starfleet was about in this universe. He really grabbed in common audiences that haven’t been introduced to trek till 2009 i feel.

of corse the script made it a great scene when Pike gave orders to manuver the ship, but the way Greenwood did it was serious, entertaining, and unique to the point of the film. Fun and dangerous at the same time.

63. " The Captains Neck is broken " - January 2, 2012

I agree. Bruce Greenwood gave an outstanding performance as Captain/Admiral Pike. I also liked Ben Cross as Sarek. The rest of the cast are fine actors but this storyline/timeline is so bizare I think I will just stick to Trek prior to this last incarnation. Good luck to Paramount and the JJ group, Live long and prosper to my fellow true Trek friends.

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