Star Trek's Zachary Quinto

Star Trek's Zachary Quinto

Filming for “Star Trek 2” has ended after nearly four months of shooting, according to TrekMovie. Zachary Quinto tweeted  “Picture wrap. holy s**t,” last Tuesday.

The film is set for release in May of 2013, which gives them about a year to coordinate and complete all the computer animated visuals for the film – so while we wait, we can piece together a few things from the various news outlets on exactly who’s going to be in the film and what’s going to be in it.

It’s been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch, most recently seen in the BBC’s new Sherlock Holmes series, plays Kirk’s arch nemesis, Kahn.  This story won’t be a retelling of the old Kahn storyline, though widely reported rumours are telling us that Cumberbatch is indeed playing the genetically-enhanced human, with even IMDb crediting him as Khan. However, Abrams’s timeline begins too far back for it to be a reboot of William Shatner’s movie encounter with Ricardo Montalban. Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch are clearly going to be playing a younger Kirk and Khan – so will the  new movie cover Khan’s original exile by Kirk, as charted in the TV episode Space Seed? We’re guessing no.

Abrams is taking things in a different direction. He says he deliberately used time travel to create an alternative Star Trek reality so that he wasn’t forced to re-hash old stories. “The idea, now that we are in an independent timeline, allows us to use any of the ingredients from the past – or come up with brand-new ones – to make potential stories,” says the director.

All the main characters and actors from the original reboot return: Chris Pine as Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Zachary Quinto as first officer Spock, Zoe Saldana as communications officer Uhura, Simon Pegg as ship’s engineer Scotty, Karl Urban as Doctor Leonard McCoy, John Cho as helmsman Hikaru Sulu and Anton Yelchin as navigator Pavel Chekov. Peter Weller  is involved in an as yet unspecified role, as are Noel Clarke (currently best known to sci-fi fans as Rose Tyler’s boyfriend Mickey in Doctor Who) and Alice Eve  who previously starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Starter for 10. Bruce Greenwood returns as former Enterpise captain Christopher Pike and Leonard Nimoy is also set to reappear as “Spock Prime”, the elderly original incarnation of the Enterprise first officer, who traveled back in time in the 2009 movie.

“Star Trek 2” is set for release May 17, 2013.

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