Leonard Nimoy denies recent spinning rumors suggesting he will return as old Spock to J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel. The actor playing the starship Enterprise first officer in the original series of the sci-fi franchise admitted that he did visit "Star Trek 2 " set, but only for a casual meeting with Abrams.
"I visited the set one day and that started some speculation about whether I was doing the film. It's all speculation," he recently told StarTrek.com. "I talk to these people regularly. Zachary Quinto and I have dinner whenever we can. We just had dinner three or four weeks ago. I talk to J.J. about family."
On the reason behind his visit to "Star Trek 2" set, Nimoy explained, "I visited the set one day because I had never seen the bridge. When I was in the last film, none of my work was on the bridge of the Enterprise. So I wanted to see the bridge, and the bridge was extraordinary." He added, "It's beautifully designed and put together. We talk. It's great. I expect that it's going to be a gigantic film."
Speaking to another site, Collider, about his rumored involvement in the untitled Star Trek sequel, the veteran thesp said, "Well, my feeling is that they don't need me. They've got a wonderful cast. Zachary Quinto has taken on the character of Spock, and I think he is wonderfully suited."
"They've got a great company of people replacing all of us. I don't think they need me, frankly," he added. "It's flattering to be talked about, but I just don't think they need me. I understand, by the way, that they have just finished shooting and they've got a wonderful actor Mr. [Benedict] Cumberbatch, who has a great reputation in the U.K., and I think is going to build a reputation here in the United States, very quickly."
Being slated for a May 17, 2013 release in the U.S., "Star Trek 2" still hasn't revealed its official plot details. The much awaited sci-fi movie will bring back Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho as Spock, Uhura, James T. Kirk, Scotty, Pavel, Bones and Hikaru Sulu respectively.