Starship beams up Cross


CORRECTED 5:33 p.m. PT Nov. 20, 2007

Ben Cross has joined the crew on the Starship Enterprise.

The British actor has been cast as Spock's father in the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" feature for Paramount.

Cross will play the father of Zachary Quinto, who has been cast as the young Spock, and husband to the human Amanda (Winona Ryder). Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role, also will be a part of the film.

The movie, which began filming this month, revolves around the early days of the Enterprise crew.

Cross, best known for his role as the Jewish Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in 1981's "Chariots of Fire," stars opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in the upcoming "Hero, Wanted." Other upcoming credits include "War, Inc.," in which he stars opposite John Cusack, and "Species 4" for Sony.

He is repped by Jeff Goldberg Management.