Fans were all ears as Leonard Nimoy announced he was to boldly go and don his famous pointy prosthetics again to play Spock in the new Star Trek film.

“This is really going to be a great movie,” the 76-year-old, told a gathering of 6,500 fans at Comic-Con, the United States’ largest pop-culture convention, in San Diego, California. “And I don’t say things like that lightly.”

The veteran actor, who greeted the crowd with a Vulcan salute, was joined by the newly-named young Spock, Heroes star Zachary Quinto, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his elder counterpart.

Both Spocks were introduced by the film’s director and co-producer, JJ Abrams, the director of Lost and Alias.

“This is a series I loved as a kid,” the film-maker said. “This matters so much to so many people. I’m honoured to be here and do this.”

While the character of Captain Kirk has yet to be cast, Abrams said that William Shatner, who played the role in the original TV series, would likely have a part in the film as well.

“It has to be worthy, of him and of you,” he told fans, adding that production was due to begin in November. The film is due out next Christmas.

One fan asked the original Spock what he thought of his “replacement”.
“It was logical,” the actor said dryly, before closing with his classic line: “Live long and prosper.”