Leonard Nimoy may have retired from action, but JJ Abrams seems to have some sort of hold over the sci-fi veteran, coercing him not only into reprising his role as the elderly Spock in the Star Trek reboot sequel, but appearing as William Bell in Fringe‘s Season 4 finale.
â€śIt was explained to me that weâ€™re opening up a whole world, and William Bell is being recreated as something else,â€ť Nimoy told us of his Season 4 role. â€śHeâ€™s in another universe and has taken on other characteristics. There were challenges in the character itself that were attractive to me. I could play aspects that I havenâ€™t played in a long time, so it was very welcoming to me.â€ť
â€śThe William Bell character started as a very intelligent and rational character,â€ť says Nimoy of Bellâ€™s arc. â€śI think heâ€™s still very, very intelligent, but Iâ€™m not quite so sure that heâ€™s rational anymore. I think youâ€™ll see some behaviour in the finale that have taken him quite a distance from where he started.â€ť
Now that Fringe has been granted a Season 5 to wrap up the universe(s), will he be back? â€śIt will depend on what they have in mind for the character. There are a lot of issues that have to be dealt with, but weâ€™ll be talking.â€ť
Fringe Season 5 will air in the Autumn on Fox in the US, and Sky1 HD in the UK – would you like to see William Bell return?