The first set photos and videos from Star Trek 2 have gone online. Because some of you are such raging spoilerphobes, I’ve put the images after the jump along with my comments. Enjoy waiting for the marketing to spoil everything.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos and videos. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek 2 opens May 17, 2013. [UPDATE: More images from the shoot, including a look at an IMAX camera on set.]
Set photos via MTV.
As you can see, the image reveals that Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s mystery villain are probably not going to be BFFs. According to MTV, the two are fighting on “a space barge set”, and while MTV says that Cumberbatch is wearing “a black version of the [Star Fleet] uniform under his coat,” I’m not seeing it. Another image has Uhura (Zoe Saldana) drawing a phaser on Cumberatch’s character, but like the other photo, there’s no context. Let the rampant speculation begin!
UPDATE: Dave here. Some new on-location photos have popped up online and they reveal a couple of interesting things. 1) Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is apparently a human/humanoid villain that has some sort of tie to Starfleet. 2) On the technical side of things, it looks like some of the scenes will be shot in IMAX. Abrams had previously mentioned the possibility of shooting in IMAX along with the 3D post-conversion of the film. Abrams’ Bad Robot did a good portion of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX with fantastic results, so the territory is familiar. However, as we can see in the above images, Star Trek 2 will involve a fair amount of green screening. I’m not sure what proportion of IMAX scenes will involve green screens since there may be some resolution issues when it comes to post-conversion. The good news is not just that IMAX is present on set, but that the production team has until May 17th, 2013 to get it right. Here are some of the new images, including the IMAX rig (via Trek Movie):
Additionally, TrekMovie has posted a video of Simon Pegg and Karl Urban wishing 2000 AD comics a happy 35th birthday (Bonus: listen to Urban’s Judge Dredd voice!) . The jackets are meant to hide their uniforms, but you can still see Bones’ blue-uniform. As for Pegg, TrekMovie says Pegg isn’t wearing Scotty’s standard red uniform, but a grey one. Here’s the video:
The assumption is that Scotty may now have an officer/instructor uniform like Spock’s from the first movie:
Like the Cumberbatch image, I’m not seeing it on Scotty. Then again, I slacked off in “Star Trek Collar Studies” in college, so I only have myself to blame.
For the next two weeks, I hope we argue about the possible color of Scotty’s uniform.