Bruce Greenwood: Capt. Pike is ESSENTIAL to Star Trek's sequel

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

We'd sure like to hear some details about the sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, but those who know are being vague—like actor Bruce Greenwood, who portrayed Capt. Christopher Pike and teased us all when he opened up recently about how important he thinks the first Enterprise captain is to the franchise.

The Canadian actor thinks Pike is SO important to Star Trek that he should end up with his own series. When asked in an interview with Collider whether Pike was going to be in the Star Trek sequel (of which we really know nothing at all as of yet), the actor said:

"I think Captain Pike is an essential component to the whole franchise. I think there should be a whole offshoot of Pike's adventures."

The fact that his character is now wheelchair-bound following the events of the 2009 movie doesn't faze Bruce Greenwood at all:

"There's nothing that says Pike can't get up and out of that wheelchair, get his own ship and go off on some adventures of his own. I'm now an admiral, but I just want to get out of the wheelchair."

But what does it all mean? Will Pike be back or not? Greenwood's not saying. But if he does return, don't count on him having the white hair Pike sported in the original Star Trek episodes "The Menagerie, Parts I and II":

"I had a long conversation about that with J.J. [Abrams] early on, because he wanted the hair to go [white] ... because in the script it says the hair goes all white. I said [crying] "Do we have to get so Malcolm McDowell about it?"

What do you think about the idea of Capt. Pike getting out of the wheelchair and going off to have his own adventures? Perhaps we could see him in his new post of admiral while he wrestles with politics, Klingons and Romulans? Or better yet, should there be a prequel about the Starfleet years of the young and dashing captain?