"RoboCop" actor Peter Weller has signed on to join the cast of the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel to the popular 2009 film with Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.
An APA talent agency spokesman for Weller told the Associated Press on Monday, December 5, the actor's role is a principal one in the film, but details were being kept quiet.
Weller first played police officer Alexander James Murphy, who is later transformed into RoboCop, in 1987 and starred in two more films centered on the character. He has also guest-starred on shows including "Dexter," "Fringe" and "Psych."
The sequel to "Star Trek" will be directed by J.J. Abrams. The first "Star Trek" movie earned $257 million domestically and over $385 million worldwide.
Screenwriters from the first film, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are writing the script with Abrams and producer Damon Lindelof, who told OnTheRedCarpet.com at San Diego Comic-Con that they had figured out what the story would be.
"Right now my days and nights are consumed by 'Star Trek 2,'" Lindelof told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at Comic-Con in July. "Finally the four creative minds that sort of made the first movie what it was are all back in a room together and I think that was the only way we wanted to do it and we have been doing it."
"I think that the bar is very high. We're not going to be satisfied with 'Oh this is fine,'" he added. "If an idea isn't mind-blowing, or super cool, or doesn't present the 'Star Trek' universe in a way that maybe people haven't seen before ... but you also sort of have to pay homage to the fans that have stuck with this amazing franchise for 40 years."
Lindelof revealed, "It's been very, very tricky but I think we've finally broken through and figured out what the movie is going to be."
The original cast, which includes Pine, Zachary Quinto and Saldana are also set to reprise their roles in the film.
"We're getting geared up," Quinto told correspondent Jacob Burch in a satellite interview on October 27. "We're about 10 weeks away from production, so it's right around the corner. Things are moving quickly, so everybody is suiting up."
The 34-year-old went on to describe how he plans on preparing for the large role with Abrams and the cast.
"I haven't read a script yet," he added. "I'm going back to Los Angeles today and I'll dive back into, you know, connecting with J.J. and hearing where the stories are going to take us. I'm really excited and really, really looking forward to joining forces with the ensemble cast - that's a cast of people that I really, really love and really, really work very well with, so I'm looking forward to going back to it."
"Star Trek 2" has a scheduled release date of May 17, 2013.