Update: Fox has issued a press release about this casting news. I’ve included it after the jump.
Original article follows below.
After bringing Leonard Nimoy out of retirement for Star Trek, J.J. Abrams has signed Leonard Nimoy to join the cast of his Fox sci-fi drama Fringe. According to Entertainment Weekly, Nimoy will play William Bell, Walter Bishop’s (John Noble) former lab partner-turned-millionaire founder of Massive Dynamic.
“It was a delight to work with Mr. Nimoy on Star Trek,” J.J. tells me. “The idea that he will play the mysterious, much-referenced William Bell is a thrill. I know I sound like a goofy fan boy, but I can’t help it: Leonard is an icon of the genre and such a wonderful actor. To have him come on board Fringe is a mind-blowing honor.”
Nimoy’s first appearance will be in the show’s season finale next month. He’ll then return in the fall for an extended arc (which basically confirms that the show will be renewed).
Put simply: this is awesome news! I’m already a fan of Fringe, but the idea of seeing Leonard Nimoy on the show has me incredibly excited.
Fringe airs Tuesday nights at 9:00pm ET on Fox.
HOT FROM FOX…
LEONARD NIMOY TO GUEST-STAR ON “FRINGE”
Uninterrupted Pattern of All-New FRINGE Episodes Continues Tuesday, April 14, on FOX
Emmy Award nominee and sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy will guest-star on an upcoming episode of FRINGE. Nimoy will appear as pivotal person of interest William Bell as the critically acclaimed series approaches its dramatic and revealing first season finale Tuesday, May 12 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
In next week’s all-new “Unleashed” episode, airing Tuesday, April 14 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT), animal rights activists ransack a laboratory and get more than they bargained for when one of the caged “animals” unleashes a ferocious appetite. With Charlie’s life on the line, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) come face-to-face with the gnarly piece of fringe science.
Nimoy, best known as “Mr. Spock” aboard the USS Enterprise, will reprise his legendary commanding role in the highly anticipated “Star Trek” feature film directed by FRINGE co-creator J.J. Abrams. Aside from myriad on-screen credits, Nimoy has directed numerous films, authored several books and released five music albums.
Created by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, FRINGE stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole. The series is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers, while Kurtzman and Orci are consulting producers.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Full episodes of FRINGE are available for viewing online at FOX.com and Hulu.com.]