The USS Enterprise is alive and kicking again, with news arriving today that J.J. Abrams wants Alice Eve to join the cast of his Star Trek sequel in an unspecifed role. While there's no word on who she's playing, Variety says it's most likely a character that'll be new to the canon. Eve (who apparently beat out Teresa Palmer and Hayley Atwell for the Trek role) isn't a done deal yet; like with Benicio del Toro -- who Abrams wants as his main villain -- they're still negotiating deals. Variety's sources are telling them that del Toro's character will most likely be someone Trek fans are familiar with, and that there's still one major role left to be cast that possibly belongs to another older villain who acts as a supporting character to del Toro. Hopefully it's not Kahn and his son, or Kahn and an alternate universe version of Kahn as a younger man, though keeping in mind the plot of the first Star Trek, it would seem either of these options are on the table. More as we hear it. Star Trek 2 is due out on May 17th, 2013.
Meanwhile, in other casting news, Variety also reports that Christian Bale has officially turned down Darren Aronofsky's epic Noah project because he's too busy, so now Aronofsky has turned to Michael Fassbender, who's officially become the hot thing of the moment. We recently revealed a little bit more about Noah through a graphic novel Aronofsky helped create that's based on his script. It comes with this description of the film: "… Noah [is] beset by visions of an endless flood, symbolizing the destruction of all life. Gradually he [begins] to understand the message sent him by the Creator. He had decided to punish the men and kill them until the last. But he [gives] Noah a last chance to preserve life on Earth … "
Seems pretty big, grand and ambitious, and it's something Aronofsky is extremely passionate about. With Fassbender in the lead, there's no doubt it'd be worth anticipating. However, whenever Aronofsky wants to go big, he runs into problems -- so here's hoping this project actually makes it in front of cameras soon.
Below: The cover of Aronofsky's graphic novel, Noe.