Alice Eve in Talks for "Lead Role" in Star Trek Sequel
12.01.11 by BJSprecher
According to the New York Post, actress Alice Eve (She's Out of My League) is currently in negotiations with Paramount for a "lead role" in Star Trek 2 (working title), the highly-anticipated sequel to director J.J. Abrams's
2009 franchise reboot.
The Post offered no word on whether Eve's character would be joining Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and the rest of the gang on the Starship Enterprise or if she would be opposed to Starfleet. The primary villain of the movie is believed to be a male character, based upon Abrams' ongoing "discussions" with Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro (Traffic), but that does not preclude Eve from possibly playing a nefarious character in league with the big bad. Most fans think otherwise, however.
The sequel to Star Trek was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, the screenwriting trio behind the hugely successful first movie. The plot is completely under wraps at this time, so much so that even del Toro is apparently being kept in the dark about the character Abrams is interested in seeing him play. All that Abrams has revealed about the sequel is that it's "about starting over and ... [holding] onto things that worked in the first one."
The villain most "Trekkers" want to see in the sequel is Khan Noonien Singh
, the superhuman played by Ricardo Montalbán
in the original Star Trek
series episode "Space Seed" (1967) and again in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
(1982). However, Abrams has implied that Khan would be too obvious
of a choice. As for Eve's character, some online chatter in the fan community has her pegged for being in talks to play the rebooted Saavik
, the Vulcan Starfleet officer played by Kirstie Alley
in The Wrath of Khan
and Robin Curtis
in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
(1984). But, Eve could just as easily be in talks to play one of Capt. Kirk's many love interests (Carol Marcus
Even if she doesn't end up joining the cast of the Star Trek sequel, Eve will be adding another sci-fi franchise to her resume come May 25, 2012, when director Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black III (MIB3) opens in theaters. Eve will play a younger version of Emma Thompson's character, Olivia, the new head of the Men in Black organization, in MIB3, and will likely assist Agent J (Will Smith) when he travels back in time to stop an alien menace from destroying the world.