CONFIRMED: Benedict Cumberbatch is [redacted] in Star Trek 2!

Star Trek 2 villian is.....By Nathalie Caron, Source: Blastr.com

After months of endless speculation, we finally know which super baddie British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel. Are you guys ready for some major squeeing (or some cursing)?

Just to make sure: SPOILERS ahead!

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Trek 2’s new villain cast: It’s Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch!

Are we looking at the face of KHAN!?!?By Nathalie Caron, Source: Blastr.com

The search is finally over, and the Holy Grail has been found! Well, not exactly the Holy Grail, but it comes pretty darn close in our geeky book of awesome! J.J. Abrams has finally found the man who’ll play his Star Trek 2 villain, and he is none other than the hit BBC drama Sherlock’s main star: Benedict Cumberbatch.

According to Variety, the 35-year-old British actor Cumberbatch ”has been tapped to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2.” Continue reading

Star Trek Sequel: Shot In 2D, Possibly IMAX, No Room For More TV Cast – But Pike Is In

Star Trek 2 news Galoreby Brendon Connelly, Source: Bleeding Cool.com

Though it will be eventually post-converted and released in 3D, JJ Abrams has decided to shoot his Star Trek sequel on film and in 2D. And while it still sounds to be up in the air, he also says that there have been discussions about using IMAX large-format film for the project.

The quotes come from MTV, who spoke to Abrams on the red carpet of the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiere. He said:

We’re shooting on film, 2-D, and then we’ll do a good high-end conversion like the Harry Potter movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good. We were talking about [shooting in IMAX] and I would love to do it. IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan.

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J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel recruits the original RoboCop

Peter Weller joins the cast of Star Trek 2, Could we be seeing a BORG??? NAAABy Marc Bernardin, source: Blastr.com

The latest actor to join Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg for another adventure on the Starship Enterprise is science-fiction veteran Peter Weller. But who will the once and future Buckaroo Banzai play?

Star Trek 2: Totally Not the Wrath of Khan has already lined up Alice Eve and set its sights on Benicio del Toro, but the notoriously secretive Abrams is keeping who those actors will play under wraps. Same goes for Weller, who’s been keeping himself busy appearing on Dexter and Fringe, when he’s not off being a history professor.

Some seem to think that Weller, who’s got some experience with human-cyborg relations, might be playing some version of the Borg. Me, I’m putting my money on Commodore Matthew Decker, the cracked commander who did battle with an implacable interstellar menace in the classic Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine.”

Of course, I’m not saying how much money.

Star Trek Villain Found – JJ Abrams Wants Benicio Del Toro For The Big Bad

Guess Who's the next Star Trek Villianby Brendon Connelly, Source: Bleeding Cool

Apparently, at this very moment, not even Benicio Del Toro knows who the villain will be in the next Star Trek movie, and he’s been meeting with JJ Abrams about the role. Surely he must have some kind of hunch? Surely there’s an obvious good fit for him in the canon somewhere?

Don’t look at me for clues. My knowledge of Star Trek canon is probably only about knee-to-thigh deep. The only roles I know and would be really comfortable ruling out would be that of the Borg Queen, Dr. Janice Lester or a Tribble.

According to Variety, Del Toro will be offered the role imminently. I imagine his contract would come with the mother of NDAs, especially if the actor has had his meetings with the director and not even been trusted with the character’s name.

Production is expected to kick off early next year from a script by Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Damon Lindelof. If you seen any of them around, you could take some pressure off of poor Mr. Del Toro by getting them in a headlock and rubbing the top of their head with your knuckles until they spill all.

That J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel? It won’t be called Star Trek 2

Star Trek Won't Be Called Star Trek 2By Nathalie Caron, Source: Blastr.com

Starting from, oh, just about now, we all need to stop going around calling J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel Star Trek 2, because we just learned that’s NOT what it’s going to be called.

During an interview with actress Zoe Saldana, who plays the new U.S.S. Enterprise’s communications officer, Lt. Nyota Uhura, in Abrams’ very successful alternate-reality-based reboot of the franchise, Access Hollywood has revealed that the sequel definitely won’t be called Star Trek 2. Continue reading

‘Star Trek 2′ to miss scheduled release date

Star Trek 2 DelayedBy Tara Fowler, Source Digital Spy

The next Star Trek movie will not open in June 2012, it has been reported.

The sequel to 2009’s Star Trek was originally slated for release on June 29, 2012, but Deadline now reports that Paramount has given that date to G.I. Joe: Retaliation in order to allow writers more time to work on the new Star Trek.

JJ Abrams has – according to the website – committed to directing the film, though this has yet to be officially confirmed. The Lost creator apparently plans to devote himself to working with screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof in order to complete the script in time for a late 2012 or summer 2013 release. Continue reading

Problems could postpone Star Trek 2 premiere by SIX months

The New Star Trek is still coming , but when?Star Trek 2 is definitely happening, but it may be happening later than anyone expected.

The second film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise has a release date of June 29, 2012. That’s the good news. But according to Deadline, the bad news is that the film doesn’t have a script or even an official director.

While J.J. Abrams is expected to return to the captain’s ch—sorry, director’s chair, he has not said so yet in a way that Paramount Pictures can take to the bank. But more importantly, assuming that Abrams is back, he doesn’t have a script to work with yet. Apparently, all writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have to show for the last two years is a 70-page outline. All three have been busy with other projects and are waiting for Abrams to commit before they start hammering out the screenplay in earnest.

As an added twist, star Chris Pine is also slated to take over the role of Jack Ryan in a new spy thriller based on the Tom Clancy character. While Pine is probably going to end up playing Capt. Kirk again first, the Ryan film could always sneak into production ahead of Star Trek 2, giving everyone involved more headaches.

Roberto Orci: Trek 2 will react to your criticism of the 1st film

Boldly Going Where No Fan Has Gone BeforeIn 2009, J.J. Abrams’ thrilling Star Trek reboot drew positive reactions from critics and fans alike, but the film wasn’t perfect and there were some issues that bugged fans down the line. But writer Roberto Orci promises that he’s listening to them and that they will be addressed in the upcoming sequel.

Speaking at Wonder Con over the weekend, Orci revealed that having spent time reading fan criticism of the first film (in fact, Orci was a frequent participant in those heated discussions over at Trek Movie while the film was playing in theaters) was beneficial to his thought process for the upcoming sequel, and that he plans to address some of the pesky issues that arose in the first Star Trek film.
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‘Star Trek’ writers: ‘We have broken the story’ for sequel

Star Trek 2, more like empire strikes back?

Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have, officially, broken the story for Star Trek 2, and they reveal the pressures that weren’t there on the first one … as well as the need to bust up the happy family.

It’s never easy crafting a follow-up to a critical and financial hit like 2009’s Star Trek. While no one knew quite what to expect from J.J. Abrams’ reboot, now the bar has been set. And the surprise of seeing exactly how this new Enterprise crew—featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban—would fare has worn off.

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