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The Star Trek sequel is very close to start of production. In a new interview director/producer JJ Abrams has given some more details on the production logistics and on the decision to covert the film to 3D. He also talked about the recent casting of Benedict Cumberbatch. See below for details.
Abrams gives production update, talks 3D and Cumberbatch
While promoting his upcoming Fox show Alcatraz at the TCA event this week, JJ Abrams took questions from Collider on his Star Trek sequel which starts shooting in the next week.
Firstly Abrams gave some details on the nuts and bolts of the production:
- Shooting starts Thursday (actually 3 days earlier than TrekMovie’s previous reporting), and will last four months
- Will shoot on film with anamorphic lenses, with 3D version using a conversion
- Studio pushed for 3D version, 2D version will also be shown
Director JJ Abrams on location from his last movie "Super 8"
- now getting ready to shoot Star Trek sequel , again using film
Regarding the recently announced casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, Abrams would not confirm he was playing the villain, but did have this to say about the actor:
He’s a genius. Honestly, he’s just an incredible actor. If you’ve seen his work in Sherlock, he’s just got incredible skills. He’s an amazing stage actor. He did amazing work (on stage) in Frankenstein. He’s brilliant. You try to cast people who are great. We got lucky.
Abrams also appears to confirm previous reports that there will be no returning original series stars for the sequel.
It is worth reading the whole interview at Collider.com.