According to MovieWeb, Bruce Greenwood (aka Capt Pike) created a backstory for Captain Pike, which JJ Abrams hopes to utilize in the upcoming sequel.
Unlike the original Pike, Greenwood’s interpretation of the character will eventually rise from his wheelchair to one-day walk again. While this isn’t exactly news, Greenwood hinted that Pike’s personal story, as it pertains to this version of the new Star Trek timeline, would be tied directly into Captain Robert April, who, according to the Star Trek animated series, was the original Captain of the Starship Enterprise. April was only seen in one episode of the animated series. His voice was supplied by James Doohan, otherwise known as Scotty, and in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, his profile is accompanied by a picture of series creator Gene Roddenberry in a Starfleet uniform. Neither Paramount nor Roddenberry ever considered the animated series part of the official Star Trek cannon, which has led to debate about April’s place as the first captain of the Enterprise. The character is certainly up for interpretation, as a human actor has never before portrayed him on screen. Who do you think would be perfect for the role?
Official news of Star Trek 2 heading into production hasn’t been announced yet, but as the box office grosses continue to pour in, you can expect to hear about it soon.