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J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel finally has a title. The latest installment in the ongoing adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise has been christened “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
The follow-up to the 2009 reboot will once again star Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, with Abrams returning as director. Benedict Cumberbatch, who is best known for his work on the BBC mystery series “Sherlock,” will play the villain.
Set in the 23rd century, Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise are sent to the Klingon homeworld seeking former Starfleet member-turned-terrorist John Harrison. After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci agreed to produce its sequel. Filming began in January 2012. Into Darkness’s visual effects were primarily created by Industrial Light & Magic.
The film was converted to 3D in post-production. Star Trek Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas in Sydney, Australia, on April 23, 2013, and was released on May 9 in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and Peru, with other countries following. The film was released on May 16 in the United States and Canada, opening at IMAX cinemas a day earlier.
Into Darkness was a financial success and garnered positive reviews, but was received more controversially and critically among Star Trek fans. Its gross earnings of over $467 million worldwide made it the highest-grossing entry in the Star Trek franchise. A sequel, Star Trek Beyond, is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2016.
Born: Anton Viktorovich Yelchin
Birth Date: March 11, 1989
Birth Place: Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia)
Anthon Yelchin is one of Hollywood’s hottest rising young stars. With his highly acclaimed performances in Charlie Bartlett, The Beaver, Star Trek and a slew of starring roles in major film roles this year Yelchin is quickly becoming a household name.
Yelchin was last seen on the big screen starring in the Disney / Dreamworks thriller Fright Night. The film is a remake of the 1985 comedy-horror picture about a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires. In the film, Yelchin stars as ‘Charley Brewster’ opposite Colin Farrell and Toni Collette.
Yelchin was recently seen in The Beaver. The film co-stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, who also directed, and centers around a man (Gibson) who is depressed and finds solace by wearing a beaver hand puppet. Yelchin plays the son of Gibson and Foster. The script, written by Kyle Killen, topped the Blacklist in December 2009. Entertainment Weekly praised Yelchin’s exceptional acting ability in its review for the film. “A great live-wire performance from the consistently wonderful Anton Yelchin.” -Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly.
Yelchin can be heard as the voice of ‘Clumsy Smurf’ in Sony’s The Smurfs movie. The film boasts an all-star cast including Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry and George Lopez. The Smurfs exceeded expectations at the box office grossing over $35 million opening weekend. The film currently stands with box offices sales of over $131 million worldwide.
Yelchin will next be seen in Odd Thomas. In the film Yelchin will play the title character of ‘Odd Thomas,’ a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities that encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark and threatening forces. In the film Yelchin will star alongside Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin and Patton Oswalt. Odd Thomas is set to be released in 2012.
Yelchin’s past projects include his role in the film New York, I Love You, in which 12 filmmakers directed short films illustrating the universal theme of encountering love within the five boroughs of New York City. The all-star cast includes Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Shia LaBeouf, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Julie Christie, Andy Garcia and Natalie Portman.
Yelchin starred as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation opposite Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. The film, directed by McG is set in post-apocalyptic 2018. Terminator: Salvation grossed $370 million worldwide.
Yelchin also appeared in Star Trek as Pavel Chekov with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, received rave reviews. Star Trek chronicled the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members and grossed $383 million worldwide.
Yelchin was seen in Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesia with Emma Roberts. The film was shot on location in Tokyo, Japan and was released in Japan on March 27, 2010.
Yelchin costarred opposite Susan Sarandon in the film Middle Of Nowhere which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2008. The film tells the story of an irresponsible mother who spends her eldest daughter’s college fund on her younger daughter’s modeling campaign.
Yelchin starred in Charlie Bartlett as the title character opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Kat Dennings. The film centers around a wealthy teenager (Yelchin) trying to fit in at a new public high school. “Anton
Yelchin brings an irresistible mix of suppressed anger and longing, innocence and precocity to his role…” remarked the Los Angeles Time’s of his portrayal of Charlie Bartlett. The witty dark comedy received much acclaim by both critics and audiences alike.
Yelchin’s other film credits include Alpha Dog opposite Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch, Hearts In Atlantis, which he received a Young Artist Award for “Best Performance in a Feature Film-Leading Young Actor,” Fierce People with Donald Sutherland, House Of D with Robin Williams and You And I. Yelchin also received the “Explosive Talent Award” at the 2002 Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
Yelchin has appeared on some of television’s most critically acclaimed dramas. He starred opposite Hank Azaria on the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series “Huff” for two seasons. He also had guest-starring roles on “Criminal Minds” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Yelchin currently resides in Los Angeles.
Born: Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario
Date of Birth: 19 June 1978
Birth Place: Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5′ 6½” (1,69 m)
Spending part of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, Zoe Saldana recalls watching the show VIAJE A LAS ESTRELLAS with her mother and great-grandmother. Devoted fans of the series, her relatives were not only emotionally involved with the characters, but immersed in all the stories. Little did they realize that the 10 year-old girl sitting next to them on the couch would one day get her chance to actually portray the most important woman on the show in a big screen adaptation of the series.
If the name VIJAE A LAS ESTRELLAS doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps the English version strikes a more familiar tone, STAR TREK. “My mom was a huge Trekkie,” Saldana now admits. “Needless to say, she was very happy when I got this part.” And not just any part. Saldana is portraying Lt. Nyota Uhura, the lead communications officer of the ship who is an expert in linguistics. As the USS Enterprise travels to different galaxies, she is the mediator between the commanders of two different ships from two different planets. If she gets the communication wrong, she can actually start a war.
Star Trek, directed by JJ Abrams, is the latest incarnation birthed out of the landmark 1966 television series; however unlike the ten other films or five television adaptations, this version takes audiences back to the beginning. We witness the formation of the now infamous team of Captain Kirk, Sulu, Chekhov, Spock and Uhura; how these young Star Fleet cadets morphed into their leadership roles aboard the USS Enterprise.
When the show first premiered, it was revolutionary in that it not only promoted international peace and harmony but also featured prominent minority representation from Asian and African American actors. Nichelle Nichols, who originally portrayed Uhura, became a stalwart symbol for not only her race and gender but her fashion sense as well.
For those people who’ve never seen “Star Trek”, introduce your character Uhura, who is she and why is she on this ship?
Zoe Saldana: Well, she’s a very important tool on the ship. She’s a translator. They’re traveling to all different kinds of galaxies and planets. So she’s an expert in linguistics. She’s able to translate and be sort of like the operator or the mediator between two commanders of two different ships from two different planets trying to meet in common so they can have safe passages. That’s a very important thing. If she gets it wrong, she can actually start a war between two nations or something. And she’s very stoic. She’s very strong. And loves what she does. And sort of takes herself a little too seriously sometimes.
You think in the future that society would be a little more progressive and that there would be a lot more women on board or in positions of power. Was that something interesting to you or questioning? How far have we progressed in how many hundreds of years?
No, there were many women. I didn’t look at that issue though because for some reason I automatically assumed that in the future these things would not be an issue. Maybe there were just more men per capita then women, and that’s why they were there in the flight school. I don’t know.
What about the mythology of “Star Trek?
In a lot of instances it really was pertaining to social and political themes of its time without coming out and saying we’re talking about this or that. They could use outer space metaphors, to make it easier for people to transition into it.
I think it was sort of like a poetic justice at that time. For these dreamers, which is what I believe that Gene Roddenberry was, he had this vision of what he wanted to see, as an artist, as an audience member. And he never backed down. I guess when he kept getting turned down and they said, “The only way we would do this is if it was many years into the future and in space,” he was like, OK, fine. So if that’s what I have to do in order for me to show the kind of world that I would like us to be in, then I’ll do that. And I thought it was so compassionate and so beautiful and so ahead of its time.
Were you happy to immerse yourself in the culture of “Star Trek” after you got this part? What was that process like? Was there a Star Trek Bible?
No. It was extensive conversations with JJ. And he had some advisors on the set that were `Star Trek’ advisors. I wanted to see as little as possible of the series. I was afraid of entering into a crack of mimicking the actors that were portraying these characters as opposed to just studying the characters. And as actors we’re mimics by nature. So I definitely took my time with that.
After speaking to JJ and speaking to Nichelle Nichols and how they just basically said, these are the elements that we would like her to have. Under these guidelines, you can take and make Uhura however way, shape or form you want her. So I was able to kind of recreate her and picture her in school and picture her as a young person. I was always following the guidelines of the fact that she was very elegant and very sexy at times. But also it was because she was very strong and she was able to command herself in that presence and still hold court. With those guidelines, I was able to have that as a base and then just make her this and make her that. And it was a lot of fun.
Were you a Trekie?
My mom is. My great-grandmother was a diehard Trekie. But I guess I knew more about it in Spanish. When I was living in the Caribbean, it was called differently; it was like, `Vijae a las Estrellas’. And sometimes when they do the subtitling it’s so much more dramatic. But my mom was a huge Trekie and she was very happy when I did it. And then when I did `The Terminal’, Mr. Spielberg sort of gave me the Trekie documentaries for me to watch and told me what episodes to see, so that I could just have a taste of what it’s like to be a Trekie. That was my introduction into `Star Trek’. But I became a fan of the fans.
Although James T. Kirk is destined to become the kind of starship captain that legends are made of, as “Star Trek” begins, he is a brooding Iowa teenager full of smarts, charm and a mile-wide rebellious streak that can lead him astray. Kirk must first overcome what one character describes as “an instinct to leap before looking.” Yet, when he spies the gleaming U.S.S. Enterprise under construction in a well-guarded hangar, something in his heart is stirred and Kirk is struck with the ambition to attend Starfleet and try to make it to the top entirely on his own terms.
This view of Kirk as a raw, unformed young man searching for his future before he is ready to take on the responsibility of becoming a great leader is one that has never been seen on screen before. “We had the idea that Kirk would be almost a rebel without a cause when we first meet him. He’s a renegade, a nonconformist, a go-by-the-gut kind of guy, but he’s basically lost. It’s only when he sees the Enterprise that he’s inspired by a sense of purpose that alters his path,” says Abrams.
To find a young actor who could play the role that William Shatner made so unforgettable, yet establish his own take on the character, the filmmakers embarked on their own epic quest. It was only when they were nearing the end of their search that Chris Pine auditioned for them, and took them by surprise. Pine’s roles in a number of romantic comedies and in the action film “Smokin’ Aces” had established him as a young star to watch, but no one anticipated he would be such an intuitive match up for Kirk’s intensity, humor and individualism.
Sums up J.J. Abrams: “Chris has the wit, sharpness and athleticism of Kirk, but, equally important, he can be a complete goof and very vulnerable. Most of all, he was game for anything, always engaged and present in the role. He made Kirk very real, which was everything we wanted.”
Pine was, in turn, impressed by Abrams. “The energy surrounding him and this project was just palpable,” he says. “I couldn’t wait to be part of it.”
From the beginning, Pine understood that he would have to forge his own individual path and take only a dash of inspiration from what Shatner had done to transform the character into a global icon. “Mr. Shatner created a character who was an action hero and a ladies’ man and he did it with an incredible amount of humor. What I really love about this film is that you get the chance to see why and how he became the man he was,” Pine says. “It was incredibly overwhelming to step into Mr. Shatner’s shoes and the whole canon of `Trek’ film and television history. We all agreed it would be a mistake to try to recreate what he did. The challenge was to make it my own.”
After months of hopeful speculation, J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct Star Trek 2, which is a sequel to 2009’s galactic hit that starred Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
While many assumed he would make the follow-up to his 2009 hit, he would never give a date for the project, or actually say for sure that he would be the one directing. In July, reports elsewhere surfaced that Abrams was “moving towards a commitment” to direct the sequel but his delay had pushed a nervous Paramount Pictures to give Star Trek 2 late June 2012 release date to a G.I. Joe sequel.
According to Vulture, part of the hold-up has been that Alex Kurtzman, who wrote Abrams’ first Star Trek with Roberto Orci, has been busy editing and posting Welcome to People, his directing debut at DreamWorks Pictures. We’re told that now that Kurtzman is finished with those duties, he is back in his office and the team is ready to work. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are writing the script.
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto and the rest of the main cast are all set to return. The sequel was originally set to come out June 2012, but the film wanted to give the writers enough time to finalize the script. No production date has been set.