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Shooting on J.J. Abrams' Untitled Star Trek sequel began yesterday

01.15.2012

To be fair, making the sequel to a successful Star Trek film is not quite "where no man has gone before." But that didn't stop J.J. Abrams and Co. from embarking yesterday upon what is sure to be a grueling production schedule as they soar towards a release date of May 17th, 2013.

While a year and four months of production time may seem like a lot at first glance, keep in mind that they've got to 1) shoot the thing, 2) put in all of the special effects, 3) put J.J.'s beloved lens flares into all of the space scenes, and then 4) market the movie. We've seen what a curtailed production schedule can do to movies that bank quite a bit on their CGI effects (see X-MEN: FIRST CLASS for a first class education in some dodgy CGI), so hopefully J.J. and his team can find the time to do all that needs to be done.

Like post-convert the movie to 3D. Oh yeah. *Sigh* Because that's worked out SO well so often...

The whole cast that made up the crew of the Enterprise is back for the sequel, along with new additions Peter Weller, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the movie's main villain.  The script is again by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci (along with some help from frequent J.J. collaborator Damon Lindelof), and Michael Giacchino returns once more to write the score.

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Extra Tidbit: Cumberbatch has turned in a wide variety of fantastic performances, but is there anyone you would have rather seen play the villain?
Source: Deadline

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1:59AM on 01/16/2012
It's nice to see a guy with a name like Benedict Cumberbatch can go from being an English porn star to doing major Hollywood films.
It's nice to see a guy with a name like Benedict Cumberbatch can go from being an English porn star to doing major Hollywood films.
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12:30AM on 01/16/2012
Peter Weller is in this? AWESOME! wasn't Benicio Del Toro in this at one point? I would rather have seen him.
Peter Weller is in this? AWESOME! wasn't Benicio Del Toro in this at one point? I would rather have seen him.
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5:58AM on 01/16/2012
Yeah, it was Benicio for a while, then Edgar Ramirez, and then all of a sudden Cumberbatch was not only cast but cast as the yet-unnanounced villain.
Yeah, it was Benicio for a while, then Edgar Ramirez, and then all of a sudden Cumberbatch was not only cast but cast as the yet-unnanounced villain.
8:56PM on 01/15/2012
Nathan Fillion. Because the correct fanboy answer to any casting question regarding a sci fi, video game or superhero movie is always Nathan Fillion isn't it?
Nathan Fillion. Because the correct fanboy answer to any casting question regarding a sci fi, video game or superhero movie is always Nathan Fillion isn't it?
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8:42PM on 01/15/2012
I know this site isn't looking forward to "The Hobbit," but Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Sauron AND Smaug.

Also, if they aren't comfortable shooting in 3D, that's fine. It's not like they can just flick a switch on the camera. It's obvious the studio wants the 3D, not anybody in the creative side. I wouldn't want them to shoot in a format they are uncomfortable with and jeopardize the look of the film, so some suits can make a couple extra bucks.
I know this site isn't looking forward to "The Hobbit," but Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Sauron AND Smaug.

Also, if they aren't comfortable shooting in 3D, that's fine. It's not like they can just flick a switch on the camera. It's obvious the studio wants the 3D, not anybody in the creative side. I wouldn't want them to shoot in a format they are uncomfortable with and jeopardize the look of the film, so some suits can make a couple extra bucks.
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6:44PM on 01/15/2012

FALSE.

The lens flares are almost all in-camera, so there is no Step 3. Except for like the CGI Space-scenes, obviously.
The lens flares are almost all in-camera, so there is no Step 3. Except for like the CGI Space-scenes, obviously.
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5:36PM on 01/15/2012
Can't wait. Seriously can't.
Can't wait. Seriously can't.
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5:29PM on 01/15/2012
Cumberbatch isn't physically intimidating, but he has a terrific voice, presence, and a knack for playing amoral characters.
Cumberbatch isn't physically intimidating, but he has a terrific voice, presence, and a knack for playing amoral characters.
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5:11PM on 01/15/2012
I loved the 2009 Star Trek, but Bana wasn't given much to do and I thought the villian was the weakest part of a great movie. I hope they improve that aspect with the sequel. However, from the picture it looks like he'd fit in better at Hogwarts than the Trek universe. But its still early, and I trust Abrams.
I loved the 2009 Star Trek, but Bana wasn't given much to do and I thought the villian was the weakest part of a great movie. I hope they improve that aspect with the sequel. However, from the picture it looks like he'd fit in better at Hogwarts than the Trek universe. But its still early, and I trust Abrams.
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4:54PM on 01/15/2012

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Yeah, Tom Hardy. It would be a nice connection to the old Star Trek casts as he was the villain in their last film, but also because Cumberpatch just doesn't intimidate me at all.
Yeah, Tom Hardy. It would be a nice connection to the old Star Trek casts as he was the villain in their last film, but also because Cumberpatch just doesn't intimidate me at all.
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3:14PM on 01/15/2012

nice

can't wait
can't wait
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