The movie superstar is reportedly a huge fan of the sci-fi franchise and jumped at the chance to play a cameo role in the new film, which will be directed by Abrams.
An insider tells Canada's TV Guide magazine, "He didn't even need to be begged to appear in it."
It's not known what role Cruise will play, but Trekkies in cyberspace are suggesting he should play a Starfleet Academy instructor.
Meanwhile, Abrams is currently auditioning actors for the roles of a young Scotty and young Bones in the film, according to reports.
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