J.J. Abrams Begins Shooting 'Star Trek 2' But What Can We Expect?
by Ethan Anderton
January 17, 2012
It was over two years ago that J.J. Abrams boldy went where no filmmaker had gone before as he rebooted the Star Trek film franchise complete with original characters and even a storyline that allowed the original canon from the classic series and films to exist within the same universe. Now the filmmaker is heading back to the final frontier as principal photography on the currently untitled Star Trek sequel is now underway in Los Angeles. However, there are still many unanswered questions involving the film's central villain, who may or may not be played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and much more. More below!
One thing's for sure, while there might be some pressure, there's even more enthusiasm. Writer Damon Lindelof told Hero Complex:
"I have had the good fortune to once again step upon the Enterprise bridge, surrounded by the primary colors worn by, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest casts ever assembled. Every single person involved with this movie has the same ambition — to do everything they can to justify the long wait … to live up to the lofty expectations of 40-year ‘Trek’ fans and those who are coming to the party for the first time. The energy is crackling. The warp core is primed. And we are, at long last, ready to boldly go once again. I hope to God we don’t screw it up."
And there's likely a lot that can go wrong, especially considering sequels usually have so much hype behind them. What makes things even more difficult this time around is that the second film from the original franchise, Wrath of Khan, is such a renowned sequel that there's going to be a lot to live up to. The question is whether Benedict Cumberbatch is up to the task. Of course, we're not even certain that the "Sherlock" and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy star is playing the villain. Both the actor and director J.J. Abrams have not confirmed the casting, specifically the character, and are being very coy about everything.
Is there a chance that Cumberbatch could bring Khan to life again, or will we see a villain that hasn't been brought to the big screen before? Either way, the heat is on for Bad Robot to come through with a big sequel. However, when it comes to the villain, I don't just want pomp and circumstance. This time around, I want a less generic villain who has more personal ties to someone on the crew of the Enterprise. Obviously, that would make Khan a prime candidate, but even his relationship to Captain Kirk in Wrath of Khan felt weak, and was really only a treat for fans of the original series, so I want more. No matter how this villain turns out, I know Cumberbatch is the right man for the job and has a bright career ahead of him.