By Michael Ausiello
Updated April 08, 2009 at 10:21 PM EDT
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Look at J.J. Abrams using his fancy sci-fi connections.

After collaborating on his upcoming Star Trek reboot, Abrams has signed Leonard Nimoy to join the cast of his Fox baby, Fringe.

The 78-year-old Trek icon will play William Bell, Walter Bishop’s 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.”

The character is slated to debut in next month’s season finale and then return in the fall for an extended arc.

Reaction? Is your inner fanboy on the verge of exploding? Already salivating at the prospect of Nimoy geeking out with John Noble? Stunt value aside, do you think Nimoy is right for the part? Sound off below!

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