While we’ve heard plenty of rumors about what may or may not be in J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2, we haven’t seen much of the production at all. Happily, we finally have our first looks from the set today.

Earlier this week, star Simon Pegg uploaded the first video from the set in the form of a birthday message to comics publisher 2000 A.D. And while that video doesn’t reveal too much, a couple of images revealed today do. Hit the jump to check them out, though I should warn you — while Pegg’s video is spoiler-free, the two images that follow contain possible spoilers. So if you’d rather not know anything, be careful not to scroll past Pegg’s message.

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Screenwriter Roberto Orci seems to be going through his cell phone and tweeting a bunch of older photos from the set of 2009′s Star Trek. He’s posted several never before seen looks behing the scenes of the blockbuster just as the new one is currently filming. Orci, of course, co-wrote not only Star Trek with his partner Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, they co-wrote the sequel as well as Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and more. Check out the photos after the jump. Read More »

Well, it’s about time. Two and a half years after the release of J.J. AbramsStar Trek, cameras are finally rolling on Star Trek 2, which is due out May 17, 2013. Returning cast and crew members reconvened and welcomed new stars last week as principal photography began in Los Angeles, kicking off several months of shooting in various locations around the county. After the jump:

  • Minor details on shooting locations are revealed
  • Roberto Orci hints at an upgrade to the engineering room
  • Damon Lindelof and Bruce Greenwood get really excited about Star Trek 2
  • Is Benedict Cumberbatch really playing a villain?

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If seeing a report that Benedict Cumberbatch has been added to the cast of a film isn’t exciting, you probably haven’t been watching the BBC series Sherlock, in which he plays an absolutely wonderful version of Sherlock Holmes. (Cumberbatch also had notable roles recently in War Horse, as the British officer with whom Tom Hiddleston’s character had a friendly rivalry, and in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, where he played a character who provided some aid to Gary Oldman’s lead.)

The good news here is that Cumberbatch has been added to the cast of J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel.

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Noel Clarke Joins ‘Star Trek’ Sequel

Briefly: Details remain skimpy on J.J Abrams‘ sequel to Star Trek, though the film should be shooting soon. But we’ve got one more name to add to the roster of new actors, which also includes Alice Eve and Peter Weller. Noel Clarke, the high-profile British writer/director/actor perhaps best known in the US for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who, has joined the cast.

Variety says he’ll play “a family man with a wife and young daughter,” which doesn’t tell us much at all about his role. I’m sure some will speculate that he’ll play as part of a flashback to Uhura’s past, but that seems like such obvious speculation that it can’t possibly be correct.

We’ll probably have to wait for a trailer to get a really good idea of what the film is all about. The Star Trek sequel will be post-converted to 3D and released on May 17, 2013.

Everything gets a sequel now: big tentpole event films, popular TV shows, and low-rent horror films. Especially low-rent horror films. After the break you’ll find:

  • The latest minor rumblings on J.J. Abrams’ sequel to Star Trek,
  • Word on a new version, a ‘requel’ if you will, of Killer Klowns From Outer Space,
  • Assurance that Piranha 3DD isn’t getting dumped on video in the US,
  • Turtle’s comments about an Entourage movie,
  • and the first image of Jemaine Clement in Men in Black III.

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With all the Star Trek 2 rumors floating around it’s almost easy to forget we don’t actually know a whole lot about the story at this point. That hasn’t changed, and likely won’t in the near future, but producer Bryan Burk and co-writer/producer Roberto Orci have revealed a couple tidbits of information sure to get fans speculating wildly. (Not that it takes much.)

While doing interviews for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Burk revealed that they’d be doing something “original and unique and different” with the villain. Meanwhile, Orci has confirmed that Bruce Greenwood will be reprising his role as Christopher Pike in the sequel. Read more after the jump.

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