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Brent Spiner Officially Joins Star Wars Rebels, Get The Details About His Role Here

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dataWe love it when our favorite sci-fi franchises crash into one another, and today we’ve got news that two biggies are colliding in one small way, as Star Wars and Star Trek are coming together. Specifically Star Trek: The Next Generation is bumping into Star Wars Rebels, with Brent Spiner officially joining the cast of the new animated series from Disney and Lucasfilm.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard about Spiner, who is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Data, the sentient android on TNG, joining the Rebels crew, but it’s official now. Reports confirm the rumors we first heard earlier this year, and Spiner’s first appearance will be in the upcoming episode “Rise of the Old Masters,” which is an ominous sounding title.

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Would Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Cast Ever Appear In The Reboot Films?

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TNGOne of the smartest things director J.J. Abrams did with his Star Trek reboot films was enlisting the considerable talents and fan cachet of Leonard Nimoy, returning to the role of Spock which made him an icon. Regardless of how well you think the films themselves were handled, having the classic Spock appear essentially bestowed his blessing on Abrams’ take on the franchise. With William Shatner now rumored for an appearance alongside Nimoy in Trek 3, many have been wondering what other familiar characters might someday pop up in the new Trek timeline. What about the Next Generation cast, for instance? Well, they have a few things to say about that…

Most of the core Next Generation actors were reunited last weekend at the annual New York Comic Con. Shatner hosted the panel, which included Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby, and Q himself, John de Lancie. A fan asked the assembled Enterprise-D crew if they’d consider visiting the new Trek universe, and their responses (via IGN) ranged from snarky to diplomatic.

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John Cho Thinks A Roberto Orci-Directed Star Trek 3 Will Blow You Away

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STAR TREKFor all the recent talk surrounding Star Trek 3, there’s still no official word on who will direct the first post-J.J. Abrams installment in the rebooted franchise. Most of us expect it to be Roberto Orci. The writer and producer of the earlier films has long been linked to the job, and is obviously working on the film in some capacity, even though this would mark his first time in the director’s chair, in any director’s chair. One star, John Cho, shares this stance, and not only expects Orci to helm the picture, but also to do a bang up job.

Cho, as you’re probably well aware, plays Hikaru Sulu in the new films, taking over the role from his predecessor George Takei. The actor, who co-stars the new ABC sitcom Selfie with Doctor Who alum (and Guardians of the Galaxy star) Karen Gillan, did an AMA session on Reddit recently, and the subject of Orci came up.

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The Wrath Of Khan’s Director Shares His Thoughts On The Star Trek Reboot

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MeyerIt takes a certain amount of chutzpah to take on the task of rebooting the venerable Star Trek franchise in the first place. It takes an extra-special brand of crazy to tackle arguably the greatest villain of the franchise, who starred in arguably the greatest film of the franchise. But that’s precisely what director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof did with last year’s controversial Star Trek Into Darkness. Trek fans have certainly let the world know how they felt about nü-Khan, but does the guy who actually directed The Wrath of Khan think?

Director Nicholas Meyer (seen above, with actor Ricardo Montalbán) was recently doing the rounds to promote the History Channel’s Houdini miniseries, which he directed. At one of those press conferences, a reporter asked the very question we posed above. At first Meyer deflected by recalling a story about how he gave J.J. Abrams a copy of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes for his Bar Mitzvah, but one of CraveOnline’s journos pressed the question by asking, “So, you liked his movies, or…?” Meyer’s response was both diplomatic and insightful:

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William Shatner’s Star Trek 3 Cameo Has Been Revealed

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Captain KirkThere’s been a great deal of talk about Star Trek 3 lately, from plot details and a potential start date for production, to an appearance from The Original Series star William Shatner. That last part led to some controversy and a bit of a back and forth shouting match, but those troubles appear to be smoothed over, and now that Shatner is on board—to some degree, we’re honestly not entirely sure—we have an idea of what his potential cameo could look like.

A report came out a while back from someone who has read the screenplay and it said there was a scene that features both Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk Prime (who would, obviously, be played by Shatner). That’s all the report said, that there is a scene written where both of the legendary characters show up (I imagine there’s one in every new Trek script, just in case, and there was also reportedly one in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot as well, though it never came to pass).

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William Shatner Says Chris Pine Playing Kirk Makes Him Consider His Own Mortality

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william-shatner-wizard-worldWilliam Shatner has never been shy about sharing his opinions, a fact that was reinforced last week when there was some back and forth between he and the folks behind Star Trek 3. He is, of course, most known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on the original series and in a great many of the subsequent movies, and though he hasn’t appeared in any of the rebooted films, he has some feelings on the matter, which occasionally flip flop. But he recently said that Chris Pine playing the role makes him consider his own death.

Though he told Digital Spy, “I’ve seen the two films JJ Abrams directed and I enjoyed them very much,” watching Pine is a strange, surreal experience. Specifically what he said was, watching another performer play the role he originated, the role so closely associated with him as an actor and, to many of us, as a person, makes you consider your own end. He said:

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