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Winona Ryder beams aboard 'Star Trek' as... Spock's mom?

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Winona_lVariety‘s report that Winona Ryder is joining the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Muppet Babies as Spock’s mom raises a number of questions:

1. The article says she is going “to play the Vulcan mother of a young Spock (Zachary Quinto).” But as even Trek newbies know, Spock is only half-Vulcan; his mom was a human, played in a guest spot on the original show by (in a witty bit of casting) Father Knows Best‘s Jane Wyatt. The conflict between logic and emotion is built into Spock’s genes. Is Abrams really planning to mess with this key bit of Trek lore, or did the reporter get it wrong?

2. Ryder is 36. Quinto is 30. This could be the weirdest piece of Oedipal casting since Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell’s mom in Alexander. Is that really what Abrams is going for, or will she play the mom of an even younger Spock in flashbacks?

3. Ryder’s been pretty much MIA since her shoplifting debacle in 2002. Has she been on her own five-year mission? Is she back on Earth to stay? Will this role in a likely blockbuster help her get her career back on track? Or did you not even miss her? Weigh in on her casting below deck, in the comments section.

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