'Star Trek 2' Starts On Thursday, Teases Benedict Cumberbatch's Role

Star Trek"Star Trek 2" is coming! "Star Trek 2" is coming! Forgive our enthusiasm, but come on: it's been a long wait for a sequel to the 2009 relaunch, but according to director J.J. Abrams, things are finally getting off the ground.

In an interview with Collider, Abrams revealed a bunch of new details about the film, with the important note that shooting officially starts on Thursday. He also dishes about a few other things, like the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch ("We just were looking for someone with the most awesome name in history") and the recent announcement that the film would be released in 3D.

According to Abrams, 3D wasn't his first choice.

"I did not fight for the 3D. It was something that the studio wanted to do, and I didn’t want to do it. And then, when I saw the first movie converted in sections, I thought that it actually looked really cool," he said. "So, I was okay with their doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to, in anamorphic film, and then let them convert it. So, those who want to see it in 3D, which looked pretty cool, can do it, and those that want to see it in 2D can do that too."

Abrams also teased that despite popular opinion, Cumberbatch might not be the bad guy of "Star Trek 2."

"Who said he's our villain?" he teased. "He’s a genius. Honestly, he’s just an incredible actor. If you’ve seen his work in Sherlock, he’s just got incredible skills. He’s an amazing stage actor. He did amazing work (on stage) in Frankenstein. He’s brilliant. You try to cast people who are great. We got lucky."

In other news, actress Nazneen Contractor ("24") was just cast as the wife to Noel Clarke's character. Clarke, recently cast and most known for his work on "Doctor Who," is supposedly playing a "family man with a wife and young daughter," which could mean a lot of different things. With so many actors coming in from television, we're excited to see how the ensemble fills out.

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