Peter Weller. Fringe fans know him as Alastair Peck from the beautiful White Tulip. Other folks might recognize him as the creepy disgraced cop who almost exposed Dexter in the Showtime series’s fifth season or Commander Chuck Taggart of Odyssey 5. Still others know him as the original Robocop or as Buckaroo Banzai. Weller will return to big screen science fiction in next year’s Star Trek sequel, although as who we still don’t know.
Like fellow castmembers Noel Clarke, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Weller’s role is being kept a closely guarded secret. However, as with so many other secrets about the film, we are getting snippets of information here and there. Weller’s agent stated that it’s a substantial role and that Weller would play a CEO. At a recent red carpet event for the RoboCop’s 25th anniversary, Weller let a little more information drop about his character.
When asked by TrekMovie.com if he would be playing an alien, Weller replied, “No. Do I look like an alien to you? No man. Let me put it this way. I have my own ship.” He then went on to show the reporter photos of his seven-month-old son wearing a yellow captain’s onesie and sitting on what appeared to be the captain’s chair of a Starfleet ship (or something very much like one). It’s difficult to tell whether these two pieces of information indicate that Weller’s playing a Starfleet officer, but at least we know he’ll be human.
This isn’t Weller’s first trip into the Star Trek universe. He appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise as John Frederick Paxton, the leader of Terra Prime – a xenophobic organization that both wanted all non-humans off of earth and created a hybrid human-Vulcan baby. It’s highly unlikely that Weller will be playing Paxton in the new Star Trek, though, as it takes place over a hundred years after the events of “Demons and “Terra Prime”.