Winona Ryder is going to play Spock’s mother?

Winona Ryder is going to play Spock’s mother? November 9, 2007

Variety reports that Winona Ryder is going to play “the Vulcan mother of a young Spock (Zachary Quinto)” in Star Trek XI. One slight problem: Spock’s mother is human. It’s kind of essential to Spock’s character that he be the product of a mixed-species relationship. Let’s hope the Variety reporter simply got his facts wrong.

Amanda Grayson was played in the TV series (1966-1969) and in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) by Jane Wyatt, who was 57 when she created the character during the TV show’s second season. Ryder is 36 — and Quinto, the actor who will apparently be playing her son, is 30.

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  • Ignoring the ages of the original actors and simply looking at characters’ ages, I don’t know how they’re going to pull this off.

    Amanda Grayson was born in 2210 according to StarTrek.com (though Wikipedia says 2202) while Spock was born in 2230. I suppose it’s possible to age Ryder enough to look 50 or so, but why do that with an actress like her?

    My hunch is she’ll be used in flashbacks, which we all know J.J. Abrams loves to use. Heh.

  • This is beginning to sound sublimely awful. Maybe ditch everyone else, keep Greenwood and make the film about Pike.