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Recently, several cast members from Star Trek, including Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and John Cho (Sulu), have spoken out about the upcoming sequel — which is rumored to be going into production early next year. Click over the jump for some excerpts from the cast.
Although neither the studio nor crew have made anything official, in an interview with Zoe Saldana, Access Hollywood re-affirmed prior reports that the sequel will begin production in January 2012. Meanwhile, Zoe told Access Hollywood that the cast is “very excited to read” the script (which isn’t complete yet) and “get back into space." As far as any sequel details, Zoe was tight-lipped, although she says she’s “really curious” to find out whether the romantic connection between her character and Zachary Quinto’s Spock will continue.
Meanwhile, in an interview with MTV, Zachary Quinto and Anton Yelchin remarked on how important it was to have J.J. Abrams back as director:
“I think it would be unimaginable to make that film without J.J., so to know that he’s going to be at the helm again and sort of manning the ship so to speak is pretty amazing,” Yelchin said. “We all have such tremendous respect for him and he’s such a brilliant human being that it gives you great confidence in going in to make this again.”
Although it took about two years for Abrams to confirm his involvement, Quinto says he “would never have imagined” that Abrams wouldn’t be back for the sequel. With regards to prepping for their returns, Yelchin says he’ll begin by re-watching the original series and re-watching the 2009 film and studying the notes he took for it:
“It’s going to be really important to basically to pick up all the work right where I left off which is interesting because I’ve never done that before,” Yelchin said. “I’ve never had to reprise a character which will be interesting.”
Craving plot details for the sequel? You’re not alone. Even the cast has been kept in the dark:
“What, when and where, I have no idea. They pretty much keep you in the dark until it’s time to make the movie,” Yelchin said. “Whatever it may be, I’m looking forward to being with those guys again.”
And finally, John Cho, who returns to the big screen with the R-rated comedy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (opening today), also confirmed that filming on the sequel would begin “soon”, telling MovieFanatic: “…I think soon would be fair to describe it.”