Nimoy reprising ‘Star Trek’ role

Actor, Quinto both playing Spock in Abrams pic

There will actually be two actors playing Mr. Spock in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” — newcomer Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy, who turned the character of Spock into an icon in the original television series.

Paramount announced the news at Comic-Con in San Diego, where Nimoy and Quinto made surprise appearances as Abrams led a panel on the upcoming feature film.

Scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (“Transformers”) penned the script.

Storyline has been shrouded in secrecy, but the casting of Nimoy and the younger Qunito would bolster rumors that Abrams’ “Star Trek” will be a prequel of sorts. No other cast has been announced, although Abrams said he is “desperately trying” to find a way to have the original Capt. Kirk, William Shatner, appear in the pic, as well.

Asked about Quinto’s casting, Nimoy quipped: “It was logical.”

Quinto’s already popular with the fanboys, currently starring in NBC’s superhero hit “Heroes.” Previous credits include “So noTORIous” and “24.”

Paramount will release “Star Trek” on Dec. 25, 2008.

Par was the first studio to present a slate of pics Thursday at the confab, which gathers 120,000 sci-fi, fantasy, horror and superhero faithful over four days.

And Par certainly had the 6,500 audience members at its presentation cheering over not only “Star Trek,” but “Iron Man,” the superhero pic that it bows with Marvel Studios next summer. Director Jon Favreau presented the first footage from the film, showing Robert Downey Jr. as the character in action.

A satellite feed from the set of “Indiana Jones 4” also drew cheers, with Steven Spielberg chatting briefly with pic’s stars Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone, Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen reprising her role as Marion Ravenwood from the first film.

After 18 years since the previous installment, “We’re all a little older, a little wiser and a little richer,” Spielberg said.

Abrams also was on hand to discuss his tentatively titled “Cloverfield,” the upcoming monster movie that he is producing and bows Jan. 18.

Little is known about the pic other than a teaser trailer that bowed before “Transformers” and has made the rounds across the Internet.

“We need our own monster movie,” said Abrams, adding that he conceived the idea for the pic after seeing how popular Godzilla still is in Japan. “King Kong is adorable, but I’ve wanted a great monster movie for so long.”

Abrams declined to disclose pic’s actual title, but shot down online rumors that it will be called “Monstrous.”

Studio also showcased clips and paraded out such celebs as Andy Samberg, Neil Gaimen and Roger Avery from from its upcoming comedies “Hot Rod,” “Drillbit Taylor,” “Sweeney Todd,” fantasy pics “Stardust,” “Beowolf” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles.”

Lionsgate followed Par with its own block of presentations, with fanboys going wild over Jessica Alba and Dane Cook, the stars of its raunchy comedy “Good Luck Chuck.” Studio also touted horror pic “Midnight Meat Train,” “Saw IV” and western “3:10 to Yuma,” with Peter Fonda using the pic to make his first trek to Comic-Con.

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