As nerd culture takes over "regular" culture, it becomes less and less of an embarassing secret to say that you're a Star Trek fan. J.J. Abram's 2009 reboot certainly helped things by being a fast, fun roller-coaster of an action movie with fresh takes on familiar characters.
With the sequel a little less than 18 months away, director-producer and Alias and Lost creator J.J. Abrams talked a bit about the film's move to 3D and Benedict Cumberbatch from the exceedingly excellent BBC series Sherlock joining the cast.
The still-mostly-untitled Star Trek sequel is not being shot in 3D, as Abrams noted: "We're shooting on film, and the reason for that is I wanted to shoot for anamorphic, and you can't shoot 3D anamorphic."
Abrams even talked about his signature lens flares when asked by a fan, responding "I've had some people make fun of me about that! We've done some tests. Not only lens flare tests, but we've done 3D tests and stuff. We actually converted a bunch of the original movie, which looked really good. So that was the thing that made me feel like maybe that would be okay. But I didn't want to shoot the movie digitally. I didn't want to shoot it spherically. It will be converted, for those who want to see it, in 3D. But I wanted to match the look of the first one and shoot it anamorphically."
Don't worry, 3D haters--like me, you can choose to see the film in 2D as well, as Abrams states: "I did not fight for the 3D. It's something that the studio wanted to do and I didn't want to do it. And then when I saw the first movie converted in sections, I thought it actually looked really cool. So I was okay with their doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to in anamorphic film. So those who want to see it in 3D – which looked pretty cool – they can do it. And for those who want to see it in 2D, they can do that too."
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was recently announced for the film's cast, but his role has yet to be revealed. While it's still up in the air whether or not Khan will be the sequel's villain (after a surprisingly flat performance by Eric Bana in the last go-around), Abrams' reasons for picking the young, up-and-coming Cumberbatch were simple:
"We were just looking for someone with the most awesome name in history. That was the casting call: 'Most Awesome Name in History, Ever.' And Benedict Cumberbatch showed up. We were like, 'You're cast!'"
Works for me! Sadly, Abrams did confirm that no members of the original cast will be showing up for the sequel, even with Leonard Nimoy stealing every scene he was in--so this means no George Takei. What do you think? Personally, I think some Tholians would make excellent villains--they never really got much screentime after "The Tholian Web."