'Star Trek 2' Gets New Release Date, J.J. Abrams Confirms Benicio Del Toro's Casting
"Star Trek 2" gets an official new release date. Paramount Pictures has announced that J.J. Abram's much anticipated sci-fi film is set to open wide in the U.S. on May 17, 2013, just after Sony Pictures pushed back the release date for Roland Emmerich's "Singularity (2013)" from that day to November 1, 2013.
Previously, "Star Trek 2" was slated for a June 29, 2012 release. However, Paramount has decided to give the date to "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and push back the release of the untitled Star Trek sequel in order to give writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof enough time to polish the script.
Deadline additionally reported that Abrams was going shoot the sequel in 3D, though he claimed earlier in June that he didn't consider about making the sci-fi movie in 3D. He said at that time, "I haven't gotten that threatening phone call from men in suits. I know what's good for me."
Meanwhile, Abrams has opened up to MTV about rumors of Benicio Del Toro being cast as the villain in "Star Trek 2". He said, "Well, we're just in negotiations, we're in discussions. It's not even negotiations, just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I've wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity."
When asked about what role he has offered to Del Toro, Abrams insisted, "It's too early to talk about what the role is, but he's such an amazing actor. He's so versatile. He could sort of do anything. Except play Uhura. I wouldn't buy that." He added, "As soon as we know it's going to be, and I'd love it to be him, that'll be public knowledge."
In related news, Coming Soon reported that composer Michael Giacchino would return to score the sequel project. The Oscar-winning composer said of his reunion with Abrams, "Yes, I'll be back. I'll be there just as soon as they finish it."
In "Star Trek 2", Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are all set to reprise their roles as James T. Kirk, Spcok and Nyota Uhura respectively. They are joined by Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, Karl Urban as Bones, and John Cho as Hikaru Sulu.
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