British actor Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) has been cast in the upcoming Star Trek movie that J.J Abrams is directing for Paramount. Cross will play the Vulcan father of a young Spock, being played by Zachary Quinto, and the husband to the human Amanda, played by Winona Ryder. Original Spock Leonard Nimoy will also have a role in the movie. Filming began this week for a planned Christmas Day 2008 release. Plot details are scarce, but the story is expected to focus on the early days of the Starship Enterprise crew. In addition to his role as the Jewish Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in 1981’s Chariots of Fire, Cross stars opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in the upcoming Hero, Wanted, and will star opposite John Cusack in War, Inc.. He’s also been cast in Sony’s Species 4. (Hollywood Reporter)