‘Star Trek’ sequel begins production, will hit theaters in 2013

Although the plot of the highly-anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” reboot still remains top secret, the film officially began production on Jan. 15.

The film, once rumored to release in 2012, now has a release date of May 17, 2013, which means fans still have more than a year to wait before we catch up once again with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Many of the stars from the previous film have signed on to reprise their roles, including Chris Pine as Captain Kirk; Zachary Quinto as Spock; Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy; Simon Pegg as Scotty; and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. Actors Peter Weller and Benedict Cumberbatch also have signed on to play as yet unidentified characters.

Perhaps the character fans are most curious about is the film’s villain. I’ve heard rumors this villain could be Khan, but I’d be really surprised if this turns out to be the case. Khan is probably one of the most iconic “Star Trek” villains (if not the most iconic villain), and I’m thinking the film makers may shy away from trying to redo this character. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch, known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC modern update of the classic detective story, will reportedly be playing a villain in the film. If he’s going to be the main villain, I don’t think it will be Khan, but that’s just my personal speculation. He’s a great actor, and I think he’ll make a great villain (I think it would be really interesting to see him as a Vulcan).

I really liked J.J. Abrams’ previous “Star Trek” film, and I’m looking forward to the sequel. I’m curious to see what Abrams will bring to the “Star Trek” universe his second time around.

The “Star Trek” franchise, which first became a part of American pop culture in the late 1960s, was struggling when Abrams came on board. The last “Star Trek” film, “Star Trek: Nemesis,” had been made in 2002 and wasn’t a huge box office success, and the last TV show, “Enterprise,” was not a huge hit, either.

Abrams decided to take the series back to its origins, and although he took some major risks with the prequel, I think they paid off. The idea of creating an alternate timeline gave him some freedom to break away from “Star Trek” canon without offending fans or discrediting what had been done before. It allowed him to create his own version of the “Star Trek” universe while still honoring what fans had loved about the original series. I’ve always been more of a fan of “Star Wars” than “Star Trek” (just a personal preference), but Abrams’ movie made me a Trekkie and made me interested in going back and watching some of the other “Star Trek” series.

No trailer for the new Trek film has been released yet, but a complete cast list is available at the Internet Movie Database. Producer and writer Roberto Orci has said the new movie will have an even larger budget than its predecessor, and while fans will be able to see it in 3-D, it won’t be converted to 3-D until post-production.

Entertainment Weekly reports Abrams plans to shoot the movie on celluloid film in the anamorphic format, like he did with his previous Trek film.

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