One newsworthy part of this release, perhaps, is that director J.J. Abrams appears not to be taking a writing credit alongside the "Cowboys Vs. Aliens" team of Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Earlier reports suggested Abramas would take that credit, which in turn suggested he did a lot of work on the script in recent months. Abrams did not take a writing credit on the 2009 "Star Trek" either.
The release confirms the return of Bruce Greenwood, who played Chris Pike last time around, and the additions of Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock), Alice Eve (“She’s Out Of My League”) and Peter Weller (“Buckaroo Banzai”).
Does it have Hortas? Does it have Tholians? Does it have Harry Mudd, Gary Mitchell, Janice Rand, Carol Marcus, Christine Chapel, Saavik, Cyrano Jones or a good-guy version of Khan Noonian Singh?
Look! A press release that answers none of these questions!
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2012 – Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, CA on the sequel to STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. The film will be released on May 17, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Bad Robot Production of a J.J. Abrams Film. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.
Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers. The director of photography is Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC. The production designer is Scott Chambliss. The film is edited by Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. The costume designer is Michael Kaplan. The music is by Michael Giacchino.