Voyager star Robert Picardo asked Abrams for part in Star Trek 3

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Jan 25, 2016, 1:56 PM EST (Updated)

Leonard Nimoy's old Spock served as a bridge between J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek and the original series, and there are rumors he could pop up in the sequel as well. But now another Trek alum is making a play for a spot in the new universe—and he's already pitched Abrams personally.

Robert Picardo, who played the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager, is hopeful he might get a chance to return in a future Abrams Trek sequel, as filming has already wrapped on Star Trek 2. He told the UK Press Association:

"Well, it's always possible that they'll use one of us. I've met JJ, he was very kind and complimentary to me, and I know he watched the show because he's a fan of Star Trek. Nothing is impossible."

Picardo had nothing but good things to say about the recent Trek revival, and he noted that the new films seem to be dredging up a lot of interest in the old series:

"What's wonderful about Star Trek having been rebooted so successfully by the JJ Abrams movie franchise, is that the corollary effect is that it creates a new generation of fans, and they're interested in all of it. They don't just sit around and wait for the next movie to come out, they'll go back and re-examine episodes."

Picardo is a sci-fi legend, and had a lengthy stint on Stargate, in addition to dozens of films.

Would you like to see some more former Trekkies pop up in the new series, or was Nimoy enough?

(Via UK Press Association)