E! Online Reports that Zachary Quinto (Heroes) is one step away from landing the role as Spock in the upcoming Star Trek movie:

Zachary Quinto's chances of being Spock in the upcoming "Star Trek film" are looking extremely good. I hear the deal is about to close. Best. Casting. Ever.

Update: Jen here. Following up on K.G.'s brilliant scoop, I checked with a source who confirms that the Zachary Quinto-as-Spock contract is with the business affairs team at Paramount. Business affairs is generally considered the last stop on the deal-negotiation train. The deal only awaits sign-off from outside counsel. Squee.

The 11th film in the Star Trek big-screen franchise will be directed by J.J. Abrams and is expected to arrive in theatres on December 25th, 2008.