More and more reports continue to support the story that Zachary Quinto will be the new Mr. Spock. Moviehole is now reporting that that Quinto has finalized his deal with Parmount. TVGuide.com has also confirmed the story and noted that Heroes exec producer Tim Kring says he is ‘thrilled’ for his star to be the new Spock. One of the big issues for Quinto is how will he fit Trek in with his current job playing the villain Sylar (pictured right) on the NBC hit Heroes (currently shooting). Quinto himself is already dealing with juggling with the publicity. In a new article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Quinto states
I would love for it [the Spock role] to be true. We’ll see what happens. We can only talk about ‘Heroes’ today. I’m under a strict directive from NBC. When I have something to say about ‘Star Trek,’ I will.
The good news for the actor is that the people behind the Heroes seem to be OK with Quinto working two jobs. Last week Universal Television Studios president Katherine Pope told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that they are currently ‘in negotiations’ (presumably with Paramount) to find a way for the actor to work on both Heroes and Star Trek. In addition she said that Universal was committed to find a way to make it work. Show creator and executive producer Tim Kring is also quoted as saying "we’re obviously very excited about Zach’s prospects there. It’s only good for us."
Grunberg still wants to be Scotty
Of course Quinto has the support of his Heroes co-star Greg Grunberg. With J.J. Abrams best friend on his side Quinto had a bit of an advantage for the role he admits to have lobbied for. Grunberg is a shoe-in for some kind of cameo as ‘Abrams good luck charm’ but he still seems to be lobbying to play Scotty. Grunberg tells TVGuide.com about Quinto and Trek
How exciting is that? Now I’ve got to beg, plead and scrape to get in that movie! I mean, what’s wrong with me as Scotty? Down in the engine room, rotisserie chicken