Last week production started in Canada on the final episode for the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, but the show is also filming in a land of enchantment.
Strange New Worlds in the Southwest
Strange New Worlds is primarily shot at CBS Stages in Toronto, but the production isn’t limiting themselves to Ontario, Canada. Today the New Mexico Film Office announced Strange New Worlds is utilizing New Mexico landscapes for the show’s visual effects.
There are no details on what locations are being used, but the state of New Mexico in the Southwestern United States offers a variety of different landscapes, likely being uses to help the show establish the look of one or more of the “strange new worlds.” The new show set onboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Pike is styled like Star Trek: The Original Series, using a “planet-of-the-week” episodic format that would require a variety of different locations.
“We are thrilled that New Mexico landscapes are being utilized for VFX in the television series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. New Mexico has so much to offer productions and we continue to build up the state’s resources as a well-established ecosystem that can support projects in all stages,” said Amber Dodson, Director, New Mexico Film Office in a statement.
It’s likely filming in New Mexico is being done by a second unit, and doesn’t involve the primary series cast. However, if this VFX work started earlier in the year, it’s possible the cast was able to work within some of the locations while in Toronto using the new AR wall “virtual set” technology being utilized for Strange New Worlds (and Discovery season four).
Popular with westerns and known for some local shows such as Roswell, New Mexico and Breaking Bad, New Mexico has also been a popular destination for a number of sci-fi films including Batman vs. Superman, Thor, Maze Runner, The Avengers, Transformers, Jumanji: The Next Level, and John Carter of Mars.
No release date has been set, but Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive in 2022 on Paramount+ in the USA and Latin American, and on CTV Sci-Fi in Canada. Other international partners are yet to be announced.
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