Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci hinted at it, and now he's confirmed that a part has indeed been written for Bruce Greenwood—aka Captain (now Admiral) Christopher Pike in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek—in the upcoming sequel.
The confirmation came through a comment Orci made on one of Trek Movie's discussion boards, in reply to a plea for information that came from a certain Janice. (Thank you, Janice!)
The exchange, which took place yesterday, went:
''#398 and #399
No, No — Bruce Greenwood is PIKE and nobody else.
I'm dying on the vine here waiting to know if Bruce/Pike will be in the sequel but there seems to be no news about that at all. That's the only piece of news that I'm VERY anxious to hear.
What a fabulous Christmas gift if I get to read that he's there!!''
This is what Roberto Orci answered:
''418. Spoiler Alert! We wrote a part for Greenwood. Let us hope he says ''Yes!'''
From the rather enthusiastic responses that followed this exchange on the message board, it's safe to assume that the fans are really excited about having Admiral Pike return in the as-yet-still-unnamed Star Trek sequel.
And so are we! Bruce Greenwood turned in a wonderful performance as Pike, and for many it was one of the highlights of the film.
We may still not know exactly which villain (will it be Khan, will it NOT be Kahn—it's all still very muddled, and Abrams has been tight-lipped about it) Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the Enterprise crew will boldly go against in their next adventure, but if Greenwood says yes (and our guess is that he will say yes if his schedule allows for it—Greenwood did strongly petition for his own return, after all) and he does come back, they'll have Admiral Pike to back them up.
J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel will arrive in theaters on May 17, 2013. Filming starts in January 2012.
(via Trek Web)