Clifton Collins, Jr., who played the Romulan Ayel in the 2009 Star Trek movie, is holding out hope that he will be back for the 2012 Star Trek sequel. TrekMovie thinks that isn’t very likely.
More Ayel for Star Trek sequel?
Clifton Collins, Jr.’s latest Star Trek comments come from an interview with Ace Showbiz. Here is the excerpt:
"Yes, absolutely 100%," he said when asked if it is possible that his character or his Romulan leader, Nero, will be seen in the follow-up to "Star Trek". Urging producer J.J. Abrams to use him again for the sequel, he told ASB, "Now please go and tell JJ!"
Although all things in sci-fi are possible, Collin’s Ayel was killed by Kirk shortly before Nero and the rest of the Romulans were squished into a wormhole in the 2009 Star Trek movie. And of course no Star Trek film has seen the return of villain characters played in previous film. On top of that, most reviewers of Star Trek felt that Nero and Ayel were not the most compelling villains. The Romulans were not thoroughly explored in the film, especially after the Klingon prison subplot scenes were cut. (That being said, you do get a much better view Nero, Ayel and the Star Trek Romulans in the "Star Trek: Countdown" and "Star Trek: Nero" comics from IDW).
So it seems that Ayel’s dream of Trekking again may not happen, or at least not as Ayel. As for Eric Bana, he has previously stated that he is not coming back for the Star Trek sequel.
Ayel falling to his presumed death (before Narada was turned into a black hole) – hard to come back from that