The ‘Star Trek’ Sequel Gets A Release Date

J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his 2009 reboot of the ‘Star Trek’ movie franchise finally has a release date. Sony Pictures recently pushed back the Roland Emmerich directed ‘Singularity’ from May 17, 2013 to November 1st to make way for the new ‘Trek’ film. The sequel, which is as of yet untitled, was originally scheduled for June 29th but, with Abrams filming his alien tale ‘Super 8’, he just couldn’t get the times to align for that one. ‘Star Trek 2’ will now release on the Memorial Day weekend in 2013. Abrams is directing again, this time from a script co-written by Abrams himself along with Damon Lindelof (‘Lost’), Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. Abrams also confirmed to Deadline that he will be shooting ‘Star Trek 2’ in 3D.

Benicio Del Toro Casting Rumors Confirmed

In other ‘Trek’ news, there’s been a rumor in ‘Star Trek’ circles for the past few weeks that director J.J. Abrams was attempting to cast Benicio Del Toro (‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘The Wolfman’) as the villain in his upcoming sequel to 2009’s ‘Star Trek’.

That rumor was confirmed when MTV spoke with Abrams during the release party for his alien film ‘Super 8’. Here’s what Abrams had to say about Del Toro possibly playing in the new ‘Trek’…


I would be overjoyed with this casting. ‘Star Trek 2’ had it’s fan-favorite villain in Khan played to the hilt by Ricardo Montalban… now we’ve got to have something similar for the new generation of fans and, if anyone can pull off an amazing villain, it’s Del Toro. Or maybe we’ll get the best of both worlds and Del Toro can play an updated Khan in the new Trek-verse.

Besides... doesn't this guy just look like a villain?