‘Star Trek’ Star Zachary Quinto ‘Stepping Away’ From The Franchise For Two Years

Most everyone who saw “Star Trek” agreed that Zachary Quinto, star of “Heroes,” was an ideal choice to play Spock. He’s got Leonard Nimoy’s severe features, the trademark eyebrow raise, the monotone, emotionless delivery… Quinto inhabited the classic character while also owning him with some unique flourishes. Like putting the moves on Zoe Saldana.

As great as the experience must have been for Quinto to move from flagging TV series to high-profile summer blockbuster, he’s ready for a break. The actor has been doing the press rounds in support of the upcoming computer game “Star Trek Online,” to which he lends his voice. And, in what might be a troubling development for “Trek” fans, he told Wired in an interview that he’s finished with the franchise for the next little bit.

ā€œIā€™m stepping away from ’Star Trek’ for at least two years ā€” no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while,” he said. He won’t be dormant during that time away however; Quinto plans to extend himself in other artistic directions. “I want to invite [my fans] along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling.”

Before you start fearing for the future of J.J. Abrams’ recently rebooted series, don’t. Paramount announced recently that the “Trek” sequel would hit theaters on June 29, 2012. While that date could certainly shift in either direction, the fact remains that it is more than two years away. Quinto isn’t giving up on “Trek” — frankly, that would be foolish — he’s just taking advantage of his newfound status to explore other opportunities.

Where would you like to see Quinto go next? What genres would he be a good fit for? Directors? Co-stars?