I'm real hesitant to say that Zachary Quinto is currently in negotiations to play Spock in the new Star Trek XI flick because, well, I don't think he is. We're getting conflicting reports today from a number of sources, ranging from "the dude is talking to the studio" to "the dude is talking to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette." And last I checked, talking up a dream role to some reporter in Pittsburgh (of all places) is nowhere near studio negotiations. For all I know, both sources are right -- but for now, I'll simply tell you what's being said and you can form your own opinion on the matter. First off, those of you who don't watch the NBC show Heroes probably have no idea who the hell Zachary Quinto is. Well, he plays the villain Sylar on the show (he also played the character Adam Kaufman on 24) and, with a young-looking oval face, seems to be a good fit for the role of Spock (originally owned by Leonard Nimoy).

Great, so now that you know who he is, here's what he apparently told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (in December of last year, no less) about the role of Spock: "I missed the Superman Returns boat ... so I'm angling for Star Trek. People are constantly telling me I bear some resemblance to Leonard Nimoy." He then joked about getting Greg Grunberg (good friend of Trek director J.J. Abrams, and fellow Heroes star) to put in a good word for him. "Maybe Sylar should tell Greg, 'I promise I won't kill you if you get me an audition.' We'll see what happens." So that was last year, although some folks are reporting like it happened last week. CHUD, on the other hand, goes a bit further and claims Quinto is actually "still in negotiations" for the role. I'm not sure at what point Quinto went from dreaming about the role to being in negotiations, but this is what's being said and it's my job to report it. Apparently, Abrams will announce the official Star Trek XI cast later this month at ComicCon, so look for lots of folks to be chiming in with spy leaks and whatnot for the next few weeks. As of now, Star Trek XI is due to hit theaters on Christmas Day, 2008.