Director J.J. Abrams has tried to remain as tight lipped about his upcoming sequel Star Trek 2 as is possible in this age of instant information. And he's succeeded for the most part. A couple of minor plot details have spilled forward, and Zachary Quinto's private team of paparazzi have done a fine job of offering up on set pics of Spock. But one aspect of the film seems to be caught in a constant wave of lies, and that is the presence of Spock Prime, played by the legendary Leonard Nimoy.

First, J.J. Abrams made it clear that none of the original 1966 Star Trek cast would be making an appearance in this follow-up to his smash hit 2009 reboot. Then Leonard Nimoy turned around and said he was in talks to make an appearance. Shortly there after, a source close to the set confirmed Nimoy's presence on set as Spock Prime, stating that he will be wearing long flowing, stately robes. To turn the tide yet again, Leonard Nimoy is now insisting that he isn't in the film. At all.

"My feeling is they don't need me. They've got a wonderful cast. Zachary Quinto has taken on the character of Spock and I think he is wonderfully suited. He is a talented guy. He is a very intelligent actor, very well trained. They've got a great company of people replacing all of us. I don't think they need me, frankly. It's flattering to be talked about, but I just don't think they need me. I understand, by the way, that they have just finished shooting and they've got a wonderful actor, Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch, who has a great reputation in the UK and I think is going to build a reputation here in the United States very quickly. He's in the movie. I think they're going to do just fine."

With shooting wrapped on the film, it seems unlikely that J.J. Abrams would call together a reshoot just for Spock Prime, since Leonard Nimoy has been reportedly on the set many times in the past few months. Earlier reports confirm that Spock Prime has already shot his scenes, and anything that Leonard Nimoy says at this point is just coy lies. White lies, if you will, to preserve some of the surprise and mystery behind the film.

B. Alan Orange