Despite online reports over the weekend from WonderCon, Trek Movie confirms that no members of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV or film series cast will appear in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming reboot of the franchise “Star Trek” in May.
The initial speculation came from a panel with the writers of the movie prequel comic Tim Jones and Mike Johnson. The comic ties in the current state of the Trek universe where we last left it in 2379 with the most recent film “Star Trek: Nemesis”, to the events in the upcoming movie which look to be set sometime in the 2250’s.
One of the writers hinted that part of the movie will take place with some of Jean-Luc Picard’s crew, but quickly followed up on that saying “I really cannot say anything about that”. Sources connected with the project have since denied any cameos from any spin-off cast members.
Where confusion has come in is that it sounds like the film will start off with the film’s villain Nero (Eric Bana) and the elderly Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in the post-Nemesis time of 2387 before traveling back in time to interact with the younger versions of the original crew.
The prequel comic, which hits trade paperback form next month, fleshes out the villain’s backstory, his relationship with Spock, and what Spock has been up to since he was last seen. Nimoy’s last appearance as Spock in canon was in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” two-parter ‘Unification’ in which he was on Romulus and in charge of an underground movement to reunify the Vulcan and Romulan races.
In the comics he’s now the Federation Ambassador on Romulus and tries to warn the empire of an impending natural disaster.