The theatrical adventures of the Starship Enterprise finally continue this week. Speaking at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, director J.J. Abrams confirmed Star Trek 2 will begin shooting on film January 12, with a 3D post-conversion planned for post-production. But that’s not all.

Abrams also talked about the film’s relation to the original series, and two new cast members – Thor actor Joseph Gatt and 24 actress Nazneen Contractor – were announced. Another new addition, Benedict Cumberbatch, spoke about his excitement level joining the highly anticipated May 17, 2013 sequel. Read all the quotes, roles and more after the jump. Read More »