Will Old Spock Reappear In The Next Trek Movie?

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Think that Leonard Nimoy was in JJ Abrams' Star Trek as a way of appeasing old fans and passing the torch onto the new cast, only to never be seen again? Think again: Nimoy is open to reprising the character.

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Talking to SciFi Wire, Nimoy hinted that, depending on what the writers end up planning, we may see his Spock - sorry, I can't call him Spock Prime without thinking of this guy - again:

I have no illusions on whether or not they need me. They decided that they wanted to make this film using Spock as kind of an anchor for the story, which I think worked very, very well. They don't have to do that again. If they decide they have a role for me to play, I would be very interested in talking to them about it... My sense is that he has some work to do. He talked about establishing a new Vulcan colony, and I think he will be very involved in that. If we never see him again that is what I would imagine he is doing. He is busy rebuilding the Vulcan story.

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While I would happily let OG Spock drift into continuity limbo after the last movie, I can't help but feel as if that last comment sounds like a William Shatner-esque series of spin-off novels should be created at the very least, surely...

What's next for Spock Prime? Trek's Nimoy speaks [SciFi Wire]

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Well, if the next story explores the implications set out in the current movie, it might make sense to have some Nimoy. I mean, c'mon...SPOILER!!

Vulcan freakin' BLOWS UP. Romulans destroy one of the founding members of the Federation. There are going to be people who will want to lay a beat-down on the Romulans. Now, you could concievably get some dramatic tension out of Old Diplomat Spock wanting to be all peaceful vs those who want to blow Romulus up. Make Spock realize how irrevocably different this new timeline is.

Then kill him.

Here's the real crux of the matter—Old Spock is now a specter hanging over the story-telling ability of the franchise. He needs to be in the next movie, and he needs to die. Otherwise, he's this all-powerful being who knows how all the stories work out. "Old Spock can just tell them where the Botany Bay is! Old Spock can explain how the Doomsday Machine works!" Spock knows too much and must die.