J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated Star Trek sequel is progressing and moving forward. TrekMovie got a hold of some new information on the film giving us some details on when the film will start shooting, the locations it will shoot at, the script and casting.
The sequel to Star Trek is scheduled to start shooting on January 15th 2012 for its release sometime in 2013. Screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have been working on a third draft of the script, but that it's basically all ready to go. The site reports that the draft they are working on is to "ensure the film fits into the budget the Paramount has set. The studio is said to be "very enthusiastic" about the project and very supportive of producer/director Abrams and his core team."
Some of the special effects shots for the movie are currently being worked on by ILM. As for where the film will shoot, "Abrams himself traveled to Hawaii to scout a location which is being seriously considered for a "jungle planet." Shooting will also include a museum in Los Angeles standing in for what a source said was a "famous Star Trek location." As per usual with a Star Trek film, studio shooting will take place on a number of stages on the Paramount lot."
Unfortunately there are no story details, but you can expect the whole original cast to reprise their roles in the film. They are also discussing actors to take on any new roles, none of which have been cast yet. This includes Benicio del Toro as the villain, which I hope really happens!
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