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11/09/2007 AT 04:15 PM EST
Winona Ryder is about to get the Star Trek
treatment – and guaranteed future work at sci-fi conventions.
The actress has been cast to play the Vulcan mother of young Spock in the upcoming Star Trek
film, directed by JJ Abrams for Paramount Pictures, Variety reports
The latest installment takes place during the crew's early days at the Starfleet Academy. It will also star Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, and Eric Bana as Nero, the villain.
Ryder has two other movies to look forward to next year: the recently completed The Informers
and the soon-to-be-filmed Private Lives of Pippa Lee.