star trek set photo jj abrams 01 UPDATED: Peter Weller To Join The Cast Of J.J.Abrams’ ‘Star Trek 2′   Benicio Del Toro Drops Out?

Variety bring word that Peter Weller, best known for playing RoboCop in the 1987 film and its sequel, has been cast in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel. Weller would reportedly join Benicio del Toro as the lead villain, and Alice Eve as a character that’s believed to be new to the canon. UPDATED: Vulture are reporting that Benicio Del Toro, who entered into talks last month to play the sequel’s new villain, has dropped out of the sequel. Insiders tell Vulture that the deal actually went asunder last Wednesday after parties couldn’t come to terms over monetary issues.

“J.J. Abrams has tapped veteran thesp Peter Weller for the ensemble cast of Paramount’s upcoming “Star Trek” sequel. Specifics of Weller’s role are under wraps. His selection came on the heels of Abrams choosing Alice Eve as a character that’s believed to be new.”

Filming for the tentatively titled ‘Star Trek 2′ is scheduled to begin early 2012. Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and John Cho are set to star. Expect more casting additions and details for the film in the coming weeks. J.J. Abrams is back to direct with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Damon Lindelof penning the script.  ‘Star Trek 2′ has been scheduled for a May 17th 2013 release date.