Last week, Paramount Pictures revealed the start of production on the highly anticipated sequel Star Trek 2 in a spoiler-free announcement. Even the roles of the new cast members are being kept tightly under wraps. According to Peter Weller's agent, the actor is playing "a C.E.O." though Alice Eve's role is unspecified. Benedict Cumberbatch was added to the cast earlier this month in what is reportedly the role of a villain, though when J.J. Abrams was recently asked whether Cumberbatch was the sequel's villain, he replied: "Who said he's our villain?"
When Cumberbatch spoke to MTV at the Golden Globes, the British actor said he may not be playing a villain after all. cast members and screenwriter discuss the sequel >> Posted 01.18.12 by Ryan
While very few details have been revealed about the highly anticipated sequel of Star Trek 2, there has been non-stop online speculation about the movie's villain. Much of the talk revolves around a reprisal of Khan Noonien Singh, who was memorably played by Ricardo Montalbán in a 1967 episode of the original Star Trek series episode and again in the 1982 movie sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Khan had been mentioned as the possible villain for years, with Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci stoking the Khan rumor fire by revealing in 2009 that Khan's chances of showing up in the sequel were "50/50."
When Benicio del Toro (Traffic) was confirmed to be director J.J. Abrams' favorite to play the villain in Star Trek 2, the Khan rumors would not die down, even after Abrams publicly stated that any reports of del Toro playing Khan were "not true". Once del Toro dropped out of the sequel and Édgar Ramírez (Carlos, Vantage Point) became the frontrunner to replace del Toro (Jordi Mollà is also reportedly being considered), the Khan rumors again surfaced. This is perhaps because the background of the actors being considered for the villain role are, like Montalbán, Hispanic, despite the fact that Khan, as a character, was from India.
Perhaps now the Khan rumors will settle down, as Star Trek producer Bryan Burk recently told MTV (via TrekWeb) the most deflating comments yet about the Khan rumors (well, perhaps not as pointedly deflating as "not true" was meant to be), declaring the villain will be "original and unique". burk talks villain and more >> Posted 12.22.11 by Ryan
A little over a week ago, it was announced that Denzel Washington was cast in director Robert Zemeckis' Flight, the first live-action movie for Zemeckis (Back to the Future) since 2000's Castaway. More cast members have reportedly booked their ticket.
According to Moviehole, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) have joined the cast of the upcoming thriller, which sees Washington as a pilot who saves most of the passengers on a commercial airline flight after a malfunction but is eventually investigated after it is discovered that he drank the night before the flight. Cheadle and Greenwood's roles are unspecified at this time.
John Gatins (Real Steel) wrote the script for Flight, which goes into production in Atlanta this October. Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) is already set to play a drug addict who befriends Washington as they both battle their dependency issues. Casey Affleck to fight for Paradise Lost and Michelle Rodriguez joins latest Resident Evil sequel >> Posted 09.24.11 by Ryan
After Star Trek debuted to $385 million in worldwide box office, the question asked of anyone associated with the project has been, "When is the sequel?" Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci mentioned at the end of June that they were planning to meet with co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof to finish work on the screenplay that was "halfway" complete. Actress Zoe Saldana said in April that she thought shooting might start "early next year", and if the latest confirmation is true, Saldana was right. Confirmation? What? Who? >> Posted 07.20.10 by Ryan