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Leonard Nimoy wants a part in Star Wars 7

Iconic Vulcan admits he’d swap his phaser for a lightsaber

After an appearance in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' it seems that Leonard Nimoy wants to work with J.J. Abrams once more… this time, in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

Over the past few months, we've heard loads of casting rumours when it comes to 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. There's been plenty of new faces rumoured for roles in the next episode of the 'Star Wars' saga, including Jonathon Rhys Meyers and even Florence Welch. But some of the most compelling rumours surround the return of the old 'Star Wars' actors... and while it looks as though they may actually return, it seems they're not the only ones who want to get in on the action…

[Florence Welch for leading role in Episode VII?]

In an interview with StarTrek.com, Leonard Nimoy reveals that he'd love to swap his phaser for a lightsaber in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

When asked what he would say if Abrams offered him a part in 'Star Wars', it seems the world's most famous Vulcan was more than a little enthusiastic. "Oooh. Ooooh," he replied. "Wouldn't that be fun. I would love to."

After the success of Abrams' 'Star Trek' reboot, it's easy to see why the 82-year-old Trek actor would want to be involved… but would that be a step too far? We've already seen the likes of Zoe Saldana wanting a role in 'Star Wars' and even Simon Pegg was rumoured to have been approached. But should these actors get to jump ship in favour of the galaxy far, far away?

[Star Wars fan wants a role in Episode VII]

The guys at StarTrek.com weren't exactly sure about it themselves, asking Nimoy whether "the galaxy would implode if Spock played a role in Star Wars." But the ageing science officer

"No, no," he explained. "I think it would work wonderfully. I think it would work just great. I think it would be a great idea, and somebody ought to tell him that.

Of course, 'Star Wars' fans have already expressed concerns about Abrams monopolising the two major sci-fi franchises… but while it's something most of us have come to accept, I'm not sure that hiring Leonard Nimoy (or any of the other 'Star Trek' actors) would really help matters. Still, there's a long way to go before we see who will appear in the latest 'Star Wars' movie… and whether or not Abrams will approach Nimoy for a part. Fascinating.

Do you think Leonard Nimoy could join the ranks of 'Episode VII'? Should Abrams even consider using 'Star Trek' actors?