Leonard Nimoy was in the middle of making his final scene in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. He knew not only would this be his last scene in the film, but also his last as his universally beloved character Spock. The scene as shot was Spock simply overlooking young Kirk's promotion to Captain of the USS Enterprise. He was then to simply walk away, without a word. Nimoy asked for one last take to try out something. Abrams obliged and, as cameras rolled, Nimoy smiled at the sight (to be added below him later) and said, "Thrusters on full." Months later in the editing process, Abrams called Nimoy back and was thrilled to tell him how well the line had led into the final scene of the film with Sulu starting up the Enterprise's thrusters. When asked about the line, Nimoy simply said it was his way of telling the new cast, "Go ahead. Take the torch and go!"
Months after the film's release, Nimoy announced his retirement. However, it does not seem like he's been sticking much to it, by voicing roles in Land of the Lost, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Big Bang Theory. But the one thing that he has been adamant about is not returning to play Spock. He felt that Zachary Quinto was so well cast as the young Spock that there was no need for him to return. Even George Takei, the series' original Sulu, has said there is no need for any of the original actors to return in the new movie series. However, from the sound of recent comments, it looks like Nimoy might still make a return to the final frontier.
Fittingly, Nimoy attended the landing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise in New York. CNN, covering the event, recieved the opportunity to interview the man welcoming home the real-world namesake of his starship. Of course, the question of appearing in the next Star Trek sequel came up. But rather than saying a flat-out "No", Nimoy apparently replied, "We're talking. We're talking." He had visited the set of the new Star Trek film, so maybe Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman have found a way to bring the most famous Vulcan back in a way that pleases Nimoy. One thread that was left open from the last film was the beginnings of a new Vulcan colony. Spock Prime (Nimoy) encouraged young Spock (Quinto) to remain in Starfleet so he could go and help recolonize the Vulcans. Perhaps we will see Spock Prime in the middle of this process? We can only wait until May 17th, 2013. The new Star Trek sequel will feature Chris Pine, Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Greenwood reprising their roles with Alice Eve and Peter Weller joining them. Do you think Nimoy will return or is he merely teasing us?
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