A Tiny Little Hint About A New Star Trek Character

It’s not concrete, and it doesn’t provide any substantial information, but hell, it has to do with the “Star Trek” sequel, which is good enough for me. In a New York Times article about iPads, a topic that I find almost as interesting as accounting seminars, there is the teeniest, tiniest little hint about a potential new character that may accompany Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise into deep space on their next adventure.

[Robert] Orci, meeting with the producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, and his fellow writer Alex Kurtzman, jump-started the discussion with an iPad slide show, showing stills from the first film, snapshots of potential locations and a photo of a suggested actress for one of the roles. On the woman’s photo, he had used his iPad to paint on a Vulcan ear.

Is this a suggestion or something more definite? Will this be a new character, like Nero in the first film, or will it introduce us to a younger version of someone we’re already familiar with? Hero or villain? Really there are more questions than answers, and like I said, there isn’t any actual substance to this news, but it is enough to get me thinking about the “Star Trek” sequel, which alone automatically generates a small degree of excitement.

Abrams and company are set to start filming next year with their eye on a June 29, 2012 release. So at least we’ll get to see “Star Trek” on the big screen again before that pesky Mayan apocalypse.