It's Official: "Star Trek" Sequel Will Start Filming in January



Production on the sequel to 2009's backdoor reboot is scheduled to begin January 15th, 2012, with location scouting underway and a script at the third draft.

The sequel, which won't actually be titled Star Trek 2 (it's just the simplest, most effective moniker, despite this actually being the twelfth movie in the theatrical Trek franchise), commences shooting on January 15, 2012, according to a new report at TrekMovie. Naturally, preproduction has been underway for some time, initially working from that very detailed 70-page outline we heard about in the spring.

On the technical side, Industrial Light and Magic is already at work on the film's visual effects. Returning production designer Scott Chambliss has already completed a good amount of the design work on the sequel. Many sets, such as the USS Enterprise bridge, will be taken out of mothballs and rebuilt, but construction on some all-new sets already underway on the Paramount lot.

And that's not all. As with the first film, Abrams intends to make extensive use of location shooting. Apparently, the director himself recently traveled to Hawaii in order to scout potential sites for a jungle planet that will play a part in the film. It's worth noting that Lost, co-created by Abrams, was also filmed in Hawaii.

Additionally, a museum in Los Angeles has been selected to stand in for a "famous Star Trek location."

Earlier this month, we learned that Benicio del Toro would be offered the role of the film's villain, whose identity remains a mystery. If he joins the cast, he would face off against returning castmembers Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin.

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tears falling as I fall in a slow circle and die at the merest prospect of production stills/cast sightings. I miss them all so.