First (Unofficial) Location Shots From Star Trek Sequel – Including Cumberbatch, Quinto & Saldana

Today the first (unofficial) on location photos from the set of JJ Abrams Star Trek sequel have emerged. They feature Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana as well as Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie comes out May 2013 so if you can’t wait then see the pictures below, but be warned that they contain SPOILERS.


First Star Trek Sequel Images – Spock, Uhura and the Villain

The following photos come from On Location News (via MTV). They were shot on location in Los Angeles. The first photo features Zachary Quinto as Spock apparently giving Benedict Cumberbatch (who play’s the film’s villain) a Vulcan nerve pinch. The location report notes that the fight continues after the attempt to give the pinch. The two are fighting on top of what is described as a "space barge set." If you look closely you can see that Cumberpatch’s shirt has a starfleet logo on it.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto spotted on
 location shooting the "Star Trek" sequel in Los Angeles

The second photo features Zoe Saldana and Cumberbatch (on the same location) where she is facing down Cumberbatch with a phaser, so apparently she gets that action scene she was hoping for. 

Benedict Cumberbatch and Zoe Saldana spotted on
 location shooting the "Star Trek" sequel in Los Angeles

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UPDATE: See 2nd article for more images.

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Ooooooh yes!!!

awesome to see some sights even if unofficial

Ooooooh yes!!!

And, yeah, he has starfleet sideburns in recent paparazzi pics.



Soooooo… bad guy not Khan, then?


Give us a ten-second preview like the one before Cloverfield for Star Trek: Something Something. PLEASE. ANYTHING.

I’m thinking someone like Gary Mitchell


So he has a Starfleet insignia on his shirt, but the rest of his outfit is not very Starfleet-looking, and his hair is longer than regulation. An officer who’s gone rogue? Gone crazy? Joined up with some bad guys and betrayed the Federation?

The wait is over.


AWSOMENESS! :) I’m geeked.


Damn. I need to stay off the Internet. I want to go into this thing knowing as little as possible. That said, his jacket looks sort of scientist-y.

Finnegan. Cumberbatch is playing Finnegan.

Is the first picture a Vulcan nerve pinch in action?

“Spock does his best to stop his foe using his famous Vulcan Death Grip, but the move fails; Cumberbatch’s character is able to overpower the grip and regain the upper hand in his struggle against the Star Fleet officer.”

Who can overcome a Spock nerve pinch? Not completely human?

VZX, what do you think?

Khan, or, no Khan?


Awesome! Clearly looks like Cumberbatch is some kind of renegade Starfleet Captain or officer of some sort.

Okay…so it IS the same uniforms… WHY ARE THEY STILL BEING COVERED IN JACKETS? Also…is it just m, or does it look like Spock is wearing Jeans? I know its the standard uniform pants, but the lighting gives them that denim look.

Okay, I’m seeing the Star Fleet undershirt like the one Kirk had on in Star Trek 09. I dunno if it would be GM though, his stories been told in the comic. But you never know.

WAIT A SEC? Just a thought, but could he be playing Charlie X? Or Gary Mitchell?

Well…I see the woman still do not have any rank on thier uniforms. Eh, oh well. woman dont need rank I suppose, just so long as they do what thier told.

@24 Charlie X would be really young at this point, so it couldn’t be. He’s, like, fifteen years younger than Kirk or something.

Mitchell, maybe, but they’ve already dealt with Mitchell in one of the comics…

Thought of Gary Mitchell too… ;)) Can’t wait to see the finished film!

At first I was pissed that there was no spoiler warning from @TrekMovie twitter. But, now i’m glad to know Cumberbatch is NOT playing an alien. I really disliked Nero. It was so cheecky and cliche.

Shame they still have those dorky looking black belts though. I was really hoping for something different this time around.


ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This hopefully should dispel the Khan rumors once and for all.

Captain Garth, perhaps?

This is the fix I needed!

Looks like we’ll be enjoying some more great action from the gang….Definitely looking forward to more teasers.

FSNP – now with only 2 fingers!

that barge set is looking very familiar, isn’t it? Hey, it’s the space drill again!

Or perhaps not…

Cumberbatch could be Gary Mitchell or another starfleet officer on the rogue.


…make that 3 fingers, so 2 fingers less…

I would think it’s leaning toward Cumberbatch playing a renegade Captain Garth.


wow, 33+37 posted while I was typing the same observation! Cool!

@17 Dude… it’s totally Finnegan.

Is Spock showing off his “nerve pinching” skills (in the first picture), Mr Orci?

Looks like it to me!

A superstrong human villain? A space barge crash landed on a planet?

Then its got to be………………………………………..


Thank God they’re not hiding Cumberbatch’s brilliantly expressive face under a pile of rubber and makeup. That would be a waste of a great actor.

Who cares if the pics are official or not?? A pic from the set is a pic from the set! End of! LOL!

And give me a second………………………

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I just had another thought… maybe he’s playing a Soong? They don’t all have to be played by Brent Spiner, y’know…

My money’s on Gary Mitchell. He’s already “evolved” so he can get away from the nerve grip. In the JJverse maybe Gary was a childhood friend of Kirk? Garth would be older. Capt. Tracey could have been younger, but I can’t see with the Red Dawn China-North Korea fiasco any studio tackling the “Comms.” The Politburo would have a field day.