Comic-Con: Zachary Quinto Talks HITMAN: AGENT 47, Paul Walker’s Passing, Large-Scale and High-Stakes Action, and the International Production

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Based on the popular video game franchise, Hitman: Agent 47 tells the story of an elite, genetically engineered assassin (Rupert Friend), known only by the last two digits of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  His latest target is a young woman, but the mission brings startling revelations about both of their pasts.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, Zachary Quinto spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about how tough it was to be so close to production when Paul Walker (who was originally cast to play the title role) tragically passed away, that this is a really large-scale, high-stakes action film that’s rooted in character relationships, how none of the characters are what they seem, shooting in both Berlin and Singapore, how he prepared for this role, the most challenging stunt sequence, and how this compares to the 2007 movie.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Zachary Quinto Talks AGENT 47, Shooting in Berlin, the Film’s Specific Visual Style, Action with Character, and Working with Co-Star Rupert Friend

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Based on the top-selling, award-winning video game franchise, Hitman:  Agent 47 follows an elite and genetically engineered assassin (Rupert Friend), known only by the last two digits of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces, but the mission will bring startling revelations about the both the agent and his prey.

While he was at the Starz portion of the TCA Press Tour, to talk about his involvement with the upcoming filmmaker competition series The Chair (premiering on September 6th), Collider spoke to actor Zachary Quinto about his work on the upcoming film, due out in theaters on February 27, 2015.  He talked about how much he enjoyed shooting Agent 47 in Berlin, as it’s one of his favorite cities, how blown away he was by the specific visual style to it, that the action also has an element of character to it, and how he would love to be on Homeland with his co-star Rupert Friend, if he weren’t such a homebody.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

Zachary Quinto to Star in HITMAN Sequel AGENT 47

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Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) is the latest addition to Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel, Agent 47.  Fox International postponed its initial February start date on the film after the tragic death of star Paul Walker, who was set to lead the video game adaptation’s reboot.  The studio recently recast the role, tapping Homeland’s Rupert Friend for the lead.  It’s not clear what part Quinto would be playing, but what is known is that the sequel follows the title character in his task to protect a waitress targeted by a group known as the Syndicate, though she may be more than she seems.  Agent 47 will start filming in March, when Quinto will join straight from his New York stage performance in The Glass Menagerie. (Via Deadline)

Zachary Quinto Talks BANSHEE CHAPTER, Getting His Production Company Involved, Using Found Footage in an Effective Way, and Finding the Right Cast

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From writer/director Blair Erickson, the indie horror thriller Banshee Chapter follows journalist Anne Roland (Sleepy Hollow’s Katia Winter), on the trail of her missing friend (True Blood’s Michael McMillian), who disappears after experimenting with mind-altering drugs.  Aided by a rogue counter-culture writer (Ted Levine), Anne finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin.  The film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered covert programs run by the CIA.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Zachary Quinto talked about how his production company, Before the Door, became involved with this film, what it was about this particular story that made him want to get involved, including the found footage aspect in an effective way, finding the right cast, and the hope that word-of-mouth will give this film momentum.  He also talked about what’s up next for him, as an actor and a producer, why he couldn’t be a part of American Horror Story: Coven (after terrific performances in the first two seasons), what he enjoys about being a producer and telling stories that he isn’t necessarily a part of, as an actor, and the goals for his production company.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld Star in TERM LIFE; Zachary Quinto and Natalie Dormer Join THE GIRL WHO INVENTED KISSING

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Here’s the latest casting news:

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Zachary Quinto Says Next STAR TREK Sequel is Filming in 2014; Wants to Appear on THE BIG BANG THEORY

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For fans of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek adaptations, I bring good news: Zachary Quinto thinks the next Star Trek sequel will begin filming next year.  On the heels of Into Darkness’s success in grossing $444 million worldwide, Paramount Pictures is looking to begin production on Star Trek 3 sooner rather than later.  Apparently, Abrams is also looking to direct the sequel, although, this raises many questions given his current schedule shooting Star Wars Episode VII. Hit the jump for more details, folks.

TOP 5: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Christopher Nolan and JAMES BOND 24 Rumors, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., New PACIFIC RIM Trailer, ROBOCOP Remake Set Photos and Video

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As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.

All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Review

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Star Trek is not iconography.  There are plenty of iconic moments, inside jokes, winks, nods, and more, but it all stems from an original story starring fleshed-out characters who answered the call of duty and the call of adventure in equal and enthusiastic measure.  Director J.J. Abrams only sees iconography, but it was enough to get him through 2009′s reboot.  The story was barely patched together, still filled with holes, and wrapped in coincidences, but Abrams’ talent as a director managed to bring the story and characters to life in a way that felt fresh and exciting.  Much like his take on Captain Kirk, it was slapdash, occasionally clever, frantic, and charming.  Unfortunately, a flashy smile and big set pieces can’t save Abrams a second time as his follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, amplifies the shortcomings of his original effort, and removes the joy as the picture stumbles around looking for character arcs, themes, and a compelling, well-constructed plot.  But its greatest embarrassment is in trying to steal classic Star Trek moments without having a clue as to why those moments had meaning.

25 High-Resolution Images from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

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We’re just days away from the US release of J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, and to mark the occasion Paramount has released a batch of high-resolution images from the film.  By now, you probably already know whether you’ll be seeking this one out or not, but if you’re a fan of Trek and just can’t wait another 24 hours before seeing the film, this image gallery should appease you for now.  We’ve seen some of these images before, but a few of them are new and all of them are in glorious high-resolution.  If you missed Steve’s spoiler-free video blog review of the film, click here.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve, John Cho, and Bruce GreenwoodStar Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D tomorrow, and in both 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 16th.

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto Talk STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the Challenges the Film Presented, the Fan Community, and More

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With Star Trek Into Darkness opening soon around the world, our partners at Omelete recently sat down with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.  During the interview, they talked about what kind of personal challenges did the sequel bring to them both as actors and to their characters, do they now feel beloved by the Trek community, what’s the sequel about, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve.  The film opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 17th.

Watch: It’s Spock vs. Spock as Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy Face Off in New Audi Commercial

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The release of Star Trek Into Darkness is now a little over a week away given this morning’s news that the release date has been bumped up a day, and in anticipation of the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel, Audi has produced a new commercial that features the Spocks of young and old.  In the nearly 3-minute spot, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy challenge each other to a race from one destination to another, but Quinto has the leg up as he’s driving the new Audi S7.  It’s a bit of shameless advertising, but the interplay between the two and especially Nimoy’s performance make it well worth watching.

Hit the jump to catch the commercial.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 16th.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Movie Clips

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Paramount Pictures has released six clips from director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.  We’ve seen these clips individually before, but now they’re all together in one convenient place.  If you missed any of our recent coverage, be sure to watch Steve’s spoiler-free video blog review of the film, the 3D trailer, three new TV spots that unveil an unmasked Klingon, and the final poster for the film.

Hit the jump to watch all the clips.  The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Alice Eve, and Benedict CumberbatchStar Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 17th.

New 3D Trailer for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

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Paramount Pictures has released a new 3D trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.  If you happen to have a pair of red/blue 3D glasses handy, then you’re in luck.  If not, well I hope you like slightly blurry images.  This trailer is simply the latest theatrical trailer only refashioned in kinda-3D.  I say kinda-3D because this is far from the quality 3D you’d see in a theater.  Nevertheless, if you happen to have a pair of 3D glasses nearby, go nuts.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Alice Eve, and Benedict CumberbatchStar Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 17th.

3 New TV Spots for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and a Look at an Unmasked Klingon

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The Star Trek Into Darkness marketing blitz rolls on with three more TV spots for the upcoming sequel.  A couple of the TV spots hammer home the same plot points we’ve seen before: Kirk (Chris Pine) needs to be responsible, the villain “John Harrison” (Benedict Cumberbatch) is really sinister, etc.  But the third spot is an interesting evaluation of Uhura (Zoe Saldana) by Harrison.  We saw this kind of evaluation before with Spock (Zachary Quinto), but the evaluation of Uhura sneaks in a couple frames of an unmasked Klingon.  I’m not exactly sure why they needed masks in the first place, but as far as the design goes, it’s fairly subdued.  However, in the TV series, the Klingons (from TNG onwards, which is when they got their distinctive foreheads) have different craniums.  They have ridges, but the ridges vary from Klingon to Klingon, so we don’t know if that will be the case with Abrams’ film or if he’s gone for a uniform design.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots and first image of an unmasked Klingon.  The film also stars Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Alice EveStar Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 3D and 2D on May 17th.

New STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Promo and Character Posters For Simon Pegg’s Scotty and Anton Yelchin’s Chekov

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This week has been nothing but great for Trekkies everywhere who are anxiously awaiting the release of J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.  And Paramount has now made available a new Spock promo featuring Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as two new character posters for Simon Pegg’s Scotty and Anton Yelchin’s Chekov.  The promo is a combination of various Spock scenes with images of Cumberbatch’s menacing antagonist.  It’s perfectly laced together with the villain’s voice as he threatens to use Spock’s uniqueness and feelings of alienation against him.  Meanwhile, the character posters show some intense moments as both Scotty and Chekov seem to be in two very different perilous situations.  Scotty is seen running at mighty speed to avoid sparks and possible falling debris, while Chekov looks like he’s being faced with an extremely difficult task.

Hit the jump to watch the promo and view the new character posters.  The film also stars Chris PineZoe SaldanaAlice EveKarl Urban, and John Cho.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 17th.

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