If you think J.J. Abrams is going to make the new Star Wars film a family reunion, think again. It’s being reported that Abrams’ very own Spock (Zachary Quinto) will not be in Star Wars Episode VII.
The news comes from the horse’s mouth, as Quinto denied that he would be in the new Star Wars film. Qunto was asked during a fan expo in Canada about the new film that Abrams will helm, saying that he would reject a role in Star Wars if he was offered one.
“I don’t think that would be- I think that I would be attacked if I turned up in the Star Wars franchise.”
The actor continued to explain, thinking out a hypothetical scenario where Abrams would offer him a role in the new Star Wars film. Quinto continued, “I was just with [J.J. Abrams] for an extended time in Japan; I imagine if he had any inklings toward that, he would have probably floated out. And I don’t think I could do it, I really don’t. And I don’t think I would do it.”
Quinto’s answer makes a ton of sense, given the already demanding schedule he’s had to endure with playing Spock for two Star Trek films. With the news that there’s definitely going to be another Star Trek installment, Quinto would probably find himself without a break at all. Not to mention he’s a pretty hot commodity on the set of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, where he has enjoyed two seasons playing two very different characters on the FX series.
In addition to the Star Trek franchise, Quinto has also expressed interest in the independent world, as he went outside the blockbuster fair with Margin Call.
Of the two franchises possibly coming together, Quinto added:
“I don’t think [Abrams] would be interested in cross-pollinating in that way. We’re going to be shooting our third movie probably – also don’t quote me on this – sometime next year, so I imagine there would be some overlay and I wouldn’t be able to do both anyway.”
With the news that Quinto isn’t going to be a part of Star Wars Episode VII comes a report that Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer is on a short list for a role. According to Latino Review, Pettyfer is being considered for a role, but right now it’s not yet known what that role is. Some people are already guessing that it’s going to be Luke Skywalker’s son.
Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen either.