By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Joe Quinto Photography.
The two Spocks -- Zachary Quinto (pictured right) and Leonard Nimoy -- sat down with J.J. Abrams and Entertainment Weekly to discuss what it is to be Spock and the next frontier, Star Trek XI.
The Spocks Speak
Leonard, when you first heard they were making a new Star Trek film — that they were ''rebooting'' the franchise with a new cast — how did you feel? Skeptical? Angry? Relieved? LEONARD NIMOY: None of those. I've been away from Star Trek for a number of years. The first thing I heard was that J.J. Abrams was doing this. I have a lot of respect for him, so I thought, ''This is something to consider.'' Then the script came along — that was the second major step. And then J.J. sent me some footage of Zach. I looked at him, and I'll tell you exactly what I said to J.J.: ''He looks exactly right.'' What's more, he has an interior life, which is vital to the character. With all of those elements in place, I'm very comfortable with this new Star Trek.
With this casting, Leonard, you're officially ceding this role to a new actor. How do you feel about this? NIMOY: Strange. It is strange...but very comforting. I feel like the character is being put in very, very good hands.
Zach, how did the trek into Star Trek begin for you? ZACHARY QUNTO: It began last December for me, when I got an e-mail from a friend saying they were doing another Star Trek movie and that young Spock would be a character. It was right about the time my character started to emerge on Heroes. So I started to talk about it a lot — in interviews, with anyone. I sort of thought, ''If I could generate attention to it, it would materialize.'' Then one day, we got the call for an audition. It's been a definite fast train for me.