Peter Weller, the American actor who played Alex Murphy in the Robocop cult action movies, is to appear in Jj Abrams sequel to Star Trek in an unspecified role, according to Deadline.com.
The actor first rose to fame in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, but will always be perhaps best known for his turn as the half-man, half robot, in Paul Verhoeven's Robocop films. Weller has been largely absent from cinema in recent years, but recently directed episodes of Monk and Sons of Anarchy. One man who won't be appearing in the Star Wars flick is Benicio Del Toro, despite rumors suggesting he would play villain Khan Noonien Singh. The Oscar-winning actor, 39, had been tipped to land the role, but Abrams confirmed to HitFix.com that the speculation was unfounded. Whoever gets the part will play an integral role in the upcoming movie - the genetically engineered 'superhuman' is regarded as one of the greatest screen bad guys of all time. The rumor was first reported by El Mayimbe of the Latino Review, who according to HitFix has "a very, very high accuracy rate with the scoops he breaks", with the website adding, "No one is perfect, but he's got a track record that demands that you pay attention when he runs something". However, Abrams responded to the story by simply stating it was "not true".
Most of the cast from Abrams first movie will return for the 3D sequel, including Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto. Production is expected to get underway in early 2012, with the movie slates for a May 2013 release.