Zachary Quinto believes 'Star Trek 3' will begin shooting within the next six months.
The 37-year-old actor - who has also appeared in the popular sci-fi show 'Heroes' - has confirmed he expects to return to the iconic role of Spock shortly.
When asked how close the cast are to filming 'Star Trek 3', Quinto told NBC: "I think it's on the horizon.
"Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months."
Quinto is expected to appear in the much-anticipated movie alongside Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.
Meanwhile, Roberto Orci - who helped write JJ Abrams's two 'Star Trek' films with Alex Kurtzman - is in line to direct the new flick.
Last month, Orci - who is writing the script alongside John D. Payne and Patrick McKay - said an initial draft of it has been completed.
He has also expressed an interest in directing the film, telling Collider: "I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I'm in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay.
"They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can't even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumour."