Casting News: Peter Weller Joins Star Trek 2; Helen McCrory's Role in Skyfall Revealed
12.05.11 by Ryan
Robocop has been reassigned from Detroit to Starfleet.
Dealine reports that actor Peter Weller (Robocop, Dexter) has been cast in Paramount Pictures' Star Trek 2, the upcoming sequel to their highly-successful 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Weller is the third new actor hired to join Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew in an unknown role. Director J.J. Abrams recently confirmed interest in having Benicio del Toro (Traffic) join the cast in a role that reportedly is villain, but won't be Khan. Alice Eve has also been cast in a "lead role", but that role is again unspecified.
Production is set to begin early next year with a script by screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Star Trek 2 is scheduled to arrive in 3-D on May 17, 2013.
Helen McCrory is another actor initially reported to be cast in an unknown role, this time in the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall. Initially cast at the end of October, McCrory's role was thought to be Miss Moneypenny, after Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) revealed she would not be playing the M's assistant and would instead play "a "field agent" named Eve. Turns out that McCrory isn't playing Moneypenny either. According to the official James Bond Twitter account, McCrory will be playing a head of state instead.
Latest #SKYFALL cast news: Helen McCrory will be playing a British Member Of Parliament called Clair Dowar...
Skyfall will see Daniel Craig return as the infamous Agent 007, in a story that will see Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Javier Bardem will play the movie's villain, with Ralph Fiennes possibly aiding him in a reportedly "darkly complex" role. Ben Whishaw (The Tempest) will play Q, while Rory Kinnear will reprise his Quantum of Solace role as Bill Tanner, M's chief of staff. Albert Finney will reportedly play a "a Foreign Office mandarin with powers over the Secret Intelligence Service." French model and actress Bérénice Marlohe co-stars.
Skyfall is currently in production under the direction of Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) from a script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) and John Logan (The Aviator). Skyfall is scheduled to open on November 9, 2012.