Star Trek 2 Confirmed for 3-D With Release Date Set for 2013; J.J. Abrams Confirms Interest in Benicio Del Toro as Villain
11.24.11 by Ryan
A stardate has been set for Star Trek 2. Again.
Paramount was looking to capitalize on the success of its 2009 Star Trek reboot shortly after it arrived on DVD, announcing a June 29, 2012 release last January. With no script or a commitment from director J.J. Abrams that he would return, eventually the studio handed over the release date to G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.
With Abrams finally committing to the sequel in September, a January start was reported just last week. Now Deadline reports that Abrams will shoot the sequel in 3-D for a of May 17, 2013 release date.
All of the original cast are expected to return for the sequel, which will again be written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with Abrams and Damon Lindelof (Lost) co-writing. So far, there's been no word on what the sequel is about, though Abrams has said that the sequel will be "really about starting over and at the same time, you really want to make sure you hold onto things that worked in the first one."
While there is still no indication about whom the crew of the Enterprise will be battling against in the sequel, Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro (Traffic) was reported to be Abrams' "choice" to play the villain in the movie earlier this month. Abrams recently confirmed this to MTV.
Well, we're just in negotiations, we're in discussions. It's not even negotiations — just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I've wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity. It's too early to talk about what the role is, but he's such an amazing actor. He's so versatile. He could sort of do anything. Except play Uhura. I wouldn't buy that.
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