During a webchat last week, Spiner lobbied to get himself cast in the film and had some suggestions as to how he could fit into the new universe J.J. Abrams created in the previous film:
“I am thinking more about the next Star Trek movie and more about who can I be in it. I did this character Arik Soong [on Star Trek Enterprise], not to be confused with Dr. Soong on the [TNG], this was his predecessor. And I would like to start a campaign, maybe right here tonight, its called BBS—Bring Back Soong. And I want you to flood JJ Abrams offices with that: BBS, Bring Back Soong.”
When asked about recreating his role as Data, though, he had the following to say:
“I don’t think that could happen. Look at me. I am a shockingly older gentleman. I don’t see that I could wear that makeup anymore. I think that would look really stupid. I love the character and I wish I started it much younger, but I was already in my mid sixties when I started [joke]. I just don’t think I could get away with it. Yeah they could CGI it, but why not just CGI the whole character and forget about me.”
I have to admit, I think this is a great idea, being that Spiner is one of my favorite all-time Star Trek actors. I think a lot of fans could support Spiner being added to the film in some capacity.
And while we’re at it, what’s John de Lancie doing these days? Because I think that Q could also be a great addition to the new films.
What do you think?