J.J. Abrams Upset About Star Trek 2 Set Photo Leak
02.27.12 by Ryan
The first set photos from Paramount's highly anticipated sequel Star Trek 2 were leaked online, and, while fans had to pleased to see Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) battling with Benedict Cumberbatch's unknown (possibly villainous) character, there was at least one person who was not pleased: director J.J. Abrams.
"J.J. was very upset," Saldana told MTV at the Independent Spirit Awards over the weekend. "I have to say that. It's not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it's such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise, you know."
Ironically, MTV was one of the first outlets to leak the photos, and when Saldana was pressed for more info about Cumberbatch, she would only reveal that the British actor was just "another yummy male actor in Star Trek," adding "I can't say anymore."
Quinto concurred with Saldana that the photo leak was not popular with the Star Trek 2 production. "The picture leaking did not go over so well. They’re go[ing] to great lengths to preserve security," Quinto told IFC while also attending he Independent Spirit Awards. Quinto would not reveal anything more about the leaked action sequence, but did describe it as "awesome" and explained that they had "been working on that sequence for five days" — which perhaps adds another layer of understanding to Abrams' frustration.
While "spy" set photos are becoming increasingly common these days, we wouldn't be surprised if this is our last look at Star Trek 2 until the first trailer arrives online. Abrams is directing a script from screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof and will once again follow Spock, Uhura, Kirk (Chris Pine), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Scotty (Simon Pegg), and the rest of Enterprise crew on yet another futuristic adventure. Bruce Greenwood (Admiral Pike) will return for the sequel, which features newcomers Peter Weller as "a C.E.O." and Alice Eve in an unspecified role.