What? You don't find this role to be all that important? Well, then check out who might be stopping in to play the part.
Tom Cruise a Possible Pike for Star Trek XI
The good people at IGN have discovered that JJ Abrams is looking to Tom Cruise to appear as a cameo role in Star Trek. Cruise will play the role of Captain Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk's predecessor as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise and Mr. Spock's first commanding officer. Spock supposedly served with Pike for a decade and we encounter there relationship in the two-part series opener, "The Menagerie."
Now, I know that there are still a lot of you out there who think Cruise to be 'crazy' or just straight nuts -- but you have to admit that he would make a great addition as a smaller role. Cruise may have some exploited flaws, but they guy not only knows how to resurrect a studio (*cough* UA), but is a terrific actor. Just as long as they can keep him away from the Tonton-stuffed couches. Whoops, that's Star Wars, my bad.
Though Paramount and Cruise still have some bad blood between them, tensions has eased since the Cruise/Wagner departure and the part would be more of a favor to Abrams than the studio.
Kurtzman, Orci, Abrams, Quinto and Cruise on a single project? I like it!