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Heroes villain lands Spock role
Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy
Quinto (left) joins Star Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy in the film
Heroes villain Zachary Quinto is to star as Mr Spock in the latest Star Trek film.

The Paramount Pictures film, whose working title is Star Trek XI, revolves around the first encounters between a young Spock and James T Kirk.

Leonard Nimoy, who played the original Mr Spock, will play an older version of the character in the new film.

Quinto plays Sylar in the hit US TV drama, which recently made its terrestrial UK debut on BBC Two.

The new Star Trek film will be directed by JJ Abrams, who created hit TV drama Lost and directed Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible III.

Christmas release

"We have a great director, a wonderful actor playing the young Spock... the answer is, it was logical," said Nimoy, explaining his decision to return to the role.

"This is really going to be a great movie. And I don't say things like that lightly," he told a gathering of 6,500 fans at San Diego's Comic-Con.

The latest movie, the 11th in the series, will be released in the US on Christmas Day 2008. The lead role of Captain Kirk has yet to be cast.

The original Star Trek TV series, created by Gene Roddenberry, ran from 1966 to 1969.

It went on to spawn 10 feature films, numerous spin-offs and a billion-dollar industry of books, computer games and consumer products.

Heroes, which was recently named programme of the year by US television critics, captured an audience of 4.3m when it debuted on BBC Two on Wednesday.

It has previously run on the UK's Sci-Fi channel and in the US, on NBC.

It follows the story of a group of ordinary people with superhuman abilities who are brought together to prevent a catastrophe.


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