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OTRC: Zachary Quinto reacts to 'rumors' of quitting 'Star Trek': 'Simmer down'

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto appear in a scene from the 2009 movie 'Star Trek.' (Paramount Pictures)

Is Zachary Quinto going to quit the "Star Trek' movie series after the second film? He recently addressed what he called "rumors" and told fans to "simmer down."

EW quoted the 35-year-old actor as saying in a recent interview that he is ready to "go in a different direction" with his career after the second film in J. J. Abrams' movie series, "Star Trek Into Darkness," hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

Quinto made his debut as Spock, a pointy-eared half-Vulcan, half-human Starfleet Academy member, in the 2009 film "Star Trek." He previously played the serial killer Sylar on the NBC show "Heroes" and currently stars on FX's "American Horror Story" as the psychotherapist Dr. Oliver Thredson.

EW had quoted him as saying in the interview: "It's like an era of association with certain roles -- a specific part like Spock, or a kind of part, like Sylar -- is coming to an end. I think it's safe to say this will be the last serial killer I'll be playing for the foreseeable future."

He later took to Twitter to clarify his remarks.

"Simmer down kids," Quinto Tweeted to his some 575,000 followers. "Rumors are rumors for a reason. quotes out of context. let's let the second movie come out before we talk about a third... (sic)."

Fans can catch a sneak peek of first nine minutes from "Star Trek Into Darkness" at some 500 IMAX 3D theaters around the world, beginning on December 14. One of the films expected to screened after such an extended preview is the highly-anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which will be released on that date.

The second "Star Trek" film in Abrams' series also sees Chris Pine reprising his role as Quinto's character's frenemy-turned-friend, James T. Kirk, and also features the return of Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Chekov and Karl Urban as Bones.

New actors include actress Alice Eve of "Sex and the City 2" and "Entourage," British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the villain, and RoboCop" star Peter Weller, who portrays a "CEO," according to EW.

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