It looks like JJ Abrams is close to casting a new female role for the Star Trek sequel. According to a Variety report actress Alice Eve has been selected for a role. It has also been reported that Benicio Del Toro is closer to signing on as the film’s villain.
Alice Eve Chosen For Star Trek Role – Del Toro Deal Is Pending
According to Variety, Star Trek sequel producer/director JJ Abrams has chosen actress Alice Eve for an unnamed role in the film. The report states that the role is "believed to be new to the canon." The 29 year-old London-born actress is best be known for her lead role in the 2010 comedy She’s Out of My League and for a recurring role on the latest season of Entourage. Eve also graced the cover of Maxim Magazine in April 2010, being named their "#1 pick for Hollywood’s hottest new star." Eve beat out Teresa Palmer (“I Am Number Four”) and Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) who were also considered for the role.
Alice Eve on April 2010 Maxim cover and in "She’s Out of My League" (2010)
Variety also has a couple of other tidbits on casting. Firstly that Benicio Del Toro has a "pending" deal to take on the villain role for the Star Trek sequel. Regarding his role, the report states: "insiders believe [Del Toro] will be playing someone familiar to Trekkies."
There is reportedly one other "major role" to cast. Specifically ""someone who’s older and in more of a supporting character to del Toro."