Leonard Nimoy‘s work with J.J. Abrams in Star Trek XI may be complete, but the two will be working together on another Abrams project.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly and E! Online, Nimoy has signed to join the cast of Fringe, where he will play William Bell, millionaire founder of Massive Dynamic and former lab partner of Walter Bishop.“It was a delight to work with Mr. Nimoy on Star Trek,” said Abrams. “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.”
The character of William Bell will debut in the season finale due to air next month, and then Bell will return this fall for an extended arc, and according to Roberto Orci, co-creator of Fringe, Bell will be “the beginning of the answers to even bigger questions.”