With J.J. Abrams finally getting to work on his second Star Trek film, the director has just cast a female role that is said to be new to the Trek universe.
Variety reports that Abrams has offered the part of a brand new character to British actress Alice Eve, who has been seen in She's Out of My League, Sex and the City 2 and HBO's Entourage. She reportedly beat out Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) for the role.
As usual with Abrams, no one is saying who Eve's character is or what she's doing, but the word is that you won't find this person anywhere in the 79 original series episodes.
As previously reported, Abrams is also close to nabbing Benicio del Toro to play the villain in Star Trek 2 (or whatever it ends up being called), and there's a lot of chatter out there on the intertubes that del Toro is going to appear as Khan Noonian Singh of "Space Seed" and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan fame. (Does that mean that Eve won't be playing Lieutenant Marla McGivers?) That has been neither confirmed nor denied, however.
The director apparently has one more major role he needs to cast, and it's said to possibly be another villain who's "older and more of a supporting character" to the one played by del Toro. Of course, the rest of the cast is locked in, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, etc. all returning as the command crew of the starship Enterprise.
All will be revealed when Star Trek 2 warps into theatres on May 17th, 2013 in 3D. In the meantime, speculate away on who Eve and del Toro are playing!