We have shared some of the Star Trek Into Darkness actor electronic press kit (EPK) soundbite videos. Today we have the remainder including Anton Yelchin and Bruce Greenwood (who haven’t been available for any of the press events). Watch the videos below. (minor spoilers)
EPK Soundbite videos – Yelchin, Greenwood, Pegg, Cumberbatch, Pine and Quinto
Here are the remaining official Paramount electronic press kit ‘soundbite’ videos for the cast that we haven’t shared yet here at TrekMovie.com.
NOTE: Topics discussed in the video are listed at the beginning
More Profiles and from Paramount EPK
If you missed them, here are links to the previous character profiles and EPK videos:
If you watch the credits for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness you will notice that the film is dedicated to post-9/11 veterans. And the connection doesn’t end there as Abrams cast four vets from the Mission Continues charity in the film. More details below on the real world veteran connection to Star Trek Into Darkness.
Star Trek Into Darkness dedicated to vets
Star Trek Into Darkness deals with some modern themes with our future heroes facing off against the terrorist John Harrison. But the modern day connection doesn’t end there as the film is dedicated to heroes of today. The final credits for the film contain the following dedication…
THIS FILM IS DEDICATED TO OUR POST-9/11 VETERANS
WITH GRATITUDE FOR THEIR INSPIRED SERVICE ABROAD
AND CONTINUED LEADERSHIP AT HOME.
And director J.J. Abrams even included some actual post-9/11 veterans in the movie itself. There is a scene with some Starfleet personnel folding the flag of the United Federation of planets, which has been seen in some of the trailers and commercials for the movie. Four of the six people pictured are real US vets.
Scene in Star Trek Into Darkness featuring post-9/11 veterans
The war veteran connection to Star Trek goes back to its beginnings. Many of the original series cast and crew were World War II vets, including Gene Roddenberry, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Mark Lenard, and Matt Jefferies. In fact, Roddenberry named the Starship USS Enterprise after the US Navy Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise which served with distinction in the Pacific during the war.
The Mission Continues and Star Trek Into Darkness
The four vets featured in Into Darkness (credited as "Starfleet Ceremonial Guard") are Melissa Steinman (US Coast Guard), Adam McCann (USMC) Jon Orvrasky (USMC) and Eric Greitens (US Navy). All are members of the Mission Continues charity, a service organization that helps post-9/11 veterans transition from the military to leadership roles at home. J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath have been active supporters of the organization. In addition J.J. also sponsored a charity auction for Mission Continues offering a VIP trip the Hollywood premiere and all proceeds for the new Star Trek add-on for the Action Movie FX app go to Mission Continues. There is even a Mission Continues link on the official StarTrekMovie.com page.
Mission Continues founder Eric Greitens talking on the set of "Into Darkness" (with JJ Abrams looking on)
Greitens (a former Navy Seal) founded Mission Continues in 2007 and he was recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the world. The organization sponsors veterans’ enrollment in a 6-month service and leadership program. These veterans dedicate themselves to serving in their community, volunteering for at least 20 hours a week in community organizations to address issues like homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment. The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans, while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities’ most pressing problems. Since its inception, The Mission Continues has awarded more than 600 fellowships and engaged thousands of volunteers at more than 350 community organizations.
Mission Continues vets Eric Greitens (at far end of flag), Adam McCann (to Eric’s right), Jon Orvrasky (to Eric’s left) and Melissa Steinman (back to camera…across from Eric)
Greitens and his fellow vets actually developed a new flag-folding procedure for Starfleet. He felt that since each branch of the real-world military has their own flag-folding procedure, Starfleet would have their own as well.
Mission Continues founder Eric Greitens with producer Bryan Burk and director JJ Abrams
One of the more interesting new chraracters on the bridge of the USS Enterprise is played by British actor Joseph Gatt. Known previously for more physical roles (including playing a Frost Giant in Thor), Gatt landed a spot on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. In an exclusive interview wtih TrekMovie.com, Gatt talks about life on the birdge and about his "unique features." Read on for details below, but there are minor spoilers.
Interview: Joseph Gatt talks life on the bridge
TrekMovie: What can you tell us about how you got the role in the Star Trek movie?
Joeseph Gatt: It was pretty standard stuff, really. I got a call from my manager saying that I had an appointment to read for April (Webster) and Alyssa (Weisberg.) Even though I wasn’t told the name of the movie, I pretty much knew it was for ST2 because of who was casting it and the secret nature of the audition. I had three separate meetings over a period of a couple of months and read several different sets of sides before finally being offered the role. I didn’t even know what exactly I was going to be doing. All I knew was that the Bridge of the Enterprise was going to be my character’s place of employment.
Joseph Gatt (behind Karl Urban) on the bridge of the USS Enterprise
TrekMovie: First can you clear something up, I was told by Make-up designer David Anderson that your character’s name was ‘GATT-2000′ – was that just a nickname or is that really the name of your character?
Joeseph Gatt: Well, this is the interesting thing. While shooting, all the cast were given generic, non-specific names for security reasons, and also because J.J. is very spontaneous and likes to figure out a lot of things on the fly. I don’t think (and most of this is speculation) that a specific name had been decided upon by the time of that Bad Robot event you went to in December so David (who, with his team at AFX studios, designed my character) told you "GATT2000.” This was the descriptive name he gave my character on set. This was later changed to "GATT5000," since "GATT2000" seemed a little anachronistic considering that the movie takes place in the 23rd Century. My manager just recently (earlier this week) received confirmation from the Paramount publicity department that I could publicly say that my character name is "GATT5000."
EDITOR’S NOTE: Interview conducted before London premiere, TrekMovie has confirmed that Joseph Gatt’s final credit lists him as "Science Officer 0718"
TrekMovie: What can you tell us about your character? I saw what you looked like and see there is some kind of flashing blue thing in the back of you head implying you have some kind of cybernetic implant?
Joeseph Gatt: I’m not in a position to tell you much more then you already know, as I’m not sure what J.J. would like released or not (and it’s safer to err on the side of caution.) But what I can tell you is that I’m an augmented human and one of my cybernetic augmentations is on the back of my head. The concept is that it’s a miniature version of the ship’s main computer which puts me in direct telepathic connection with the ship’s systems at all times. I’m the Six Million Dollar Man in space!
The back of Joseph Gatt’s head shows the cybernetic device
TrekMovie: When you were first cast I had thought – thinking of very physical role in Thor and your background – that you would be one of the Klingons. Were you surprised you ended up on the bridge?
Joeseph Gatt: I was, actually, and pleasantly so. I always thought that when I booked something on a show like "STAR TREK" it would be a heavy action role, so to end up on the bridge was a total surprise, but a very pleasant one. I did get the opportunity to do some action, but I also wish that there was more physical stuff for "GATT5000." Maybe in the next one…?
TrekMovie: What was the shoot like? Were you on the bridge for most or all of the bridge scenes?
Joeseph Gatt: All of my stuff was on the bridge set at Sony Studios, and everything that happens on the bridge involves or contains my character in some way. We spent about six weeks shooting all the Enterprise bridge scenes before they moved on to another set.
TrekMovie: What is the atmosphere with the rest of the cast on the bridge? Serious? or more casual?
Joeseph Gatt: It’s always a very interesting situation when you join an established cast. You never know if they’re going to welcome you warmly or treat you as the fifth wheel. In this case I had nothing to worry about. Everyone in the cast and crew were awesome and welcomed the new cast with open arms. J.J. creates such a familial atmosphere on set and wants everyone to appreciate that it takes EVERY person on that set to make this thing happen. No matter what the size of your role or job, everyone is treated with equal importance. He spent just as much time talking to the background extras as he did with the principal cast. He is a great director with an amazing social awareness and led the project with an incredible energy, imagination, and friendliness! Considering the high stakes involved in making such a big budget movie, the atmosphere on set was generally very casual, but business-like. There were moments of intensity and seriousness, of course. The work was never sacrificed for play, but
there was always play and fun. No matter what was going on, no matter how long the day, no one was ever allowed to forget that we were supposed to be having fun.
TrekMovie: Now that you are an official Star Trek actor, any plans on doing conventions?
Joeseph Gatt: I’ve already been appearing at conventions for a few years, mainly in California, due to the popularity of my roles as "Kratos" in the "God of War" video games and as "Frost Giant Grundroth" in "THOR." As my profile has increased, especially with the release of "Star Trek into Darkness," I’ve been invited to appear at more conventions nationwide. I absolutely love doing conventions. I love meeting the fans face to face, especially the kids. But I also love traveling in general, and I’m a Sci-Fi / Genre geek myself. So it feeds me in so many ways.
TrekMovie: So did you make it out alive? Think you have a future in Starfleet?
Joseph Gatt: I can’t tell you that! But I’m not wearing a red shirt, and its up to you to guess if J.J. would break a 50 year old Trek tradition or not (winky face). I would, of course, love to continue to be involved in the Star Trek universe and to hopefully work with J.J. again on other space projects in the near future…
TrekMovie: What are you working on now?
Joeseph Gatt: Nothing is set in stone as yet, but I’m reading three great scripts with great roles for me. I’m stuck in a situation where everything I’m involved in is top secret, which is very exciting, but also somewhat frustrating. Needless to say, watch this space!
Gatt: May have a future on the bridge
As TrekMovie reported earlier this week, the Star Trek Into Darkness stars have been fanning out to the various talk shows to promote the movie. See below for clips of Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Zaldana, Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch doing the talk show thing.
Into Darkness Stars Hit TV Circuit
The stars of Star Trek Into Darkness stars are doing the TV rounds, here are videos of this week’s appearances. (YouTube embeds whenever possible. Sorry for any country restrictions.
Simon Pegg (Kimmel – Tuesday May 7)
Zoe Saldana (Kimmel – Wednesday May 8)
Zachary Quinto (Fallon – Wednesday May 8)
Chris Pine (Today Show – Thursday May 9)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Letterman – Thursday May 9)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Today Show – Friday May 10)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Fallon Show – Friday May 10)
Chris Pine (Letterman – Friday May 10)
Zachary Quinto (Bill Maher – Friday May 10)
NEXT WEEK: More TV & Hollywood Premiere Details
Here again is the schedule for the upcoming TV appearances. We also now have details for the Hollywod premiere.
Monday 5/13Howard Stern (Sirius Radio) Abrams Today Show (NBC) Abrams Daily Show with John Stewart (Comedy Central) Abrams Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Cho
Tuesday 5/14KTLA Morning Show Cho
Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere
Time: Arrivals start at 6:30 PM – Dolby Theater – 6801 Hollywood Blvd
Celebrities: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci. (also probably expect some classic Trek celebs like Nimoy, Frakes, etc.)
Wednesday 5/15Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Abrams Ellen (Syndication) Pine Chelsea Lately (E) Quinto
Thursday 5/16Conan (TBS) Quinto Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Pine Today Show (NBC) Saldana (8:30 plaza) Kelly and Michael (Syndication) Saldana
Friday 5/17Today Show (NBC) Saldana (10am hour) Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Eve Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Saldana
Tuesday 5/21Conan (TBS) Eve
Wednesday 5/22Conan (TBS) Abrams
Yesterday Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director J.J. Abrams participated in a live chat on Facebook, hosted by SNL’s Andy Samberg, and with a special guest appearance from George Takei. And you can watch a recording of it below
Abrams Live Facebook Chat Replay
Kurn, an outcast among Klingons because of Worf’s behavior, asks his brother to perform a ritual execution so that he may die honorably.
Plot Summary: While Worf practices Klingon martial arts with Jadzia, he is summoned by Odo to deal with a visiting drunken Klingon who turns out to be Kurn, Worf’s brother. Because Worf’s dishonor after siding with the Federation during the Dominion conflict has made Kurn an outcast among the Klingons, Kurn wants Worf to give him an honorable death. Worf reluctantly agrees, but when Quark tells Dax that he sold Worf a particular type of Klingon incense, she guesses what he is planning and races with Odo to rescue Kurn just as Worf delivers the death blow. Bashir saves Kurn’s life and Sisko threatens to dismiss Worf from Starfleet, but the captain has bigger Klingon problems, for Kira and O’Brien have discovered cloaked ships engaging in supposed military exercises that turn out to be a pretext for setting a minefield to cut off the wormhole and the Dominion – plus Bajor and DS9 – from the rest of the Federation. While Kurn accepts a job on Odo’s security force, Kira and O’Brien come across a damaged Klingon ship and tow its injured crew back to the station. Still hoping to die, Kurn allows himself to be attacked by a freighter captain, but when he learns that Worf knows about the minefield, he agrees to help disable it by beaming in disguise onto the damaged Klingon ship after Worf convinces him that Gowron’s plan is both dishonorable and a threat to the Empire. While finding the coordinates of the mines, Kurn is forced to shoot a Klingon who discovers him, which he feels adds to his disgrace. Worf is upset to learn that the Klingon officer planned to kill him and expresses his fear that he has become too human to live among his own people. When Worf discovers that Kurn is planning to kill himself and die in dishonor rather than live as an outcast, he contacts a family friend and asks Bashir to erase Kurn’s genetic markers and familial memories so that Kurn can be told he has amnesia and is a member of the House of Noggra. Kurn departs as Rodek, an honored Klingon who does not remember Worf, while Worf gives up his last tie to the House of Mogh and the Klingon Empire.
Analysis: Poor Worf. First the writers uproot him from the Enterprise to put him on Deep Space Nine, then they decide to sever his ties to all the Klingons who have been important to him in the past – he has made an enemy of Gowron, and his brother is so miserable about the family’s shame that Kurn doesn’t want to live. I’ve always been ambivalent about the violent, patriarchal group-think of Klingon honor, so it’s nice to see an episode that shows I’m not the only one, since the inherent schisms in Klingon society are exposed. Worf and Kurn are supposed to be loyal to the Council, but when Gowron is leading the Empire into folly, their first obligation is to the Klingon people, not their leaders, who get their positions of power via inheritance, sanctioned violence against those who previously held them, or sucking up to those at the top…neither a logical nor a stable situation. Yet for all my disdain for many aspects of Klingon society, it’s presented to us as a given. This is a civilization that has been thriving for centuries. While it may be appropriate for Sisko the Starfleet captain to yell at Worf for carrying out a ritual that fits Starfleet’s definition of murder, which should never have taken place on a space station that follows Bajoran law, I’m not sure it’s appropriate for Sisko the Federation citizen to judge a time-honored Klingon ritual that holds great spiritual meaning for the participants – or, if he must judge it as Worf’s commanding officer, to say things like, “I don’t give a damn about Klingon beliefs, rituals or custom.” The Federation and the Klingons may be near to a state of war at the moment, but I’m not sure how much leeway that gives the Federation to tell Klingons who live within its borders what to do, and the subject becomes even thornier when they are allies.
Like the Prime Directive, the autonomy of Federation worlds is a topic on which Star Trek has been vague and contradictory. Yes, there have to be some standards enforced for everyone living within the Federation regardless of their backgrounds – no murder, no theft, no rape, the same basic laws that are widely agreed upon as the hallmarks of civilized societies in our own era, though what counts as “murder” and “theft” are often up for wide debate – but how does the Federation deal with issues that have been thorny for centuries before and clearly haven’t been solved in the 24th century? Do member worlds have to agree to common standards on assisted suicide, infant body modification (everything from circumcision to cybernetic implants), euthanasia, augmentation, abortion? We have not seen any sort of consistency; we have seen planets where people’s sexuality has been repressed without more outrage than Riker’s personal bitterness over a lover brainwashed to a planetary norm, and we have seen planets where Kirk’s moral outrage over a rigidly hierarchical society became the justification for society-changing intervention. Which brings us back to the Klingons. It is extremely rare for anyone besides a Klingon woman to express outrage at the lower status of Klingon women, yet it is extremely common for Starfleet officers to make cracks about Klingon customs and Klingon rituals, and Sisko’s “I don’t give a damn” isn’t far off Riker’s reaction when Worf, the only Klingon on the Enterprise, asks for help ending his life rather than living in a permanent state of paralysis. There’s both inconsistency and hostility toward Worf and Quark both; it’s no wonder Bajorans are so ambivalent about coming under the Federation’s umbrella of protection on the one hand and oversight on the other. What is perhaps most disturbing is the degree to which Worf considers the dominant values not Federation, but human. He always speaks of his inner conflict as occurring between his Klingon and Human backgrounds. Are Federation values still so identified with “Human” values?
I would have loved to see some discussion of this among Sisko’s crew, which is the most diverse of any on Star Trek. Despite being an outsider by birth, Odo is the one most determined to follow the letter of Federation law, while Dax, with her long experience of Klingon culture, argues with Sisko that he needs to understand Klingon beliefs. (The fact that the episode hints even at this early stage that she may be romantically interested in Worf unhappily undercuts her long history as Curzon of immersion in Klingon culture.) The scenes in which the brothers debate the meaning of Klingon honor and their obligations both to their leaders and to their principles are moving yet feel redundant; it’s much of the same debate from “Ethics” when Worf wanted to die rather than live without the strength of his body, rather than the much bigger issues of why so many supposedly honorable Klingons act like bullies and selfish brats. In the end, Worf is unhappy to find himself back in the state in which we first met him – a Klingon raised on Earth, entirely detached from the heritage by which he is judged by everyone who sees his forehead ridges. With Alexander living outside Klingon culture, Kurn turned into a stranger, and the other best-known Klingon in the franchise at the time, B’Elanna Torres, being half-human, I get the feeling that even the writers aren’t sure what to do with the Klingons and the difficulties they pose except as combatants. The Federation used to fight the Klingons from the outside, killing one another until the Organian Peace Treaty made a hot war cold; now the struggle seems internal, as the Federation assimilates people like Worf and Alexander and Torres. Even Kira doesn’t seem to regard them as enemy combatants, despite the fact that they blew up a delegation of Bajoran diplomats last week and Dukat invited her on a personal mission of vengeance. Again, I say, poor Worf. No wonder he doesn’t know who he’s supposed to be.
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New Star Trek-themed costumes will be appearing soon courtesy of Rubie’s.
The costumes are based on ones seen in Star Trek into Darkness.
There will be an off-duty uniform (shirt with insignia), a John Harrison costume (shirt and cloak), and a Klingon costume (jumpsuit and mask).
Click on the images for larger-sized photos.
More information on the costumes will be provided as it becomes available.
Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Marina Sirtis will be starring in A Dark Reflection, which will be filmed in Horsham, U.K.
A Dark Reflection is the story of a “chilling conspiracy at the heart of the aviation industry.”
In A Dark Reflection, “An air traffic controller is suspended following a serious in-flight incident, but things are not as they seem. His journalist wife starts to ask questions about the incident, and she “uncovers some disturbing truths;” truths that crews have been forbidden to discuss and truths that were never revealed to the passengers on that flight.
Sirtis will be playing a character named Maggie Cornelius in the film. “We all fly,” said Sirtis, “and I want to play my part in making air travel safer by being part of this film.”
“Marina has taken a real interest in the issues highlighted within the film for many years,” said Co-screen writer Viv Young. “She is an outstanding actress of exceptional ability and brings a presence to her films that makes for compelling viewing.”
A Dark Reflection will begin shooting next month and is slated for a 2014 release.
Part of the fun of shooting Star Trek for John Cho was being in a different ship and sitting in “that chair.”
Cho has been a Trek fan since the days of Star Trek: The Next Generation and he got a real kick out of sitting in the captain’s chair.
“I tried to avoid sitting in the captain’s chair until it happened, but it felt good,” he said. “It’s elevated. It’s not the most comfortable chair in the world. It’s really big and it’s kind of hard, but it feels amazing.
“You really have to stop going outside and looking at yourself in the chair because it feels cool. You have to contain yourself and be in the moment. It was special.”
In the opening sequence of the film, Cho has a scene in another ship and the actor really enjoyed that. “I guess I can talk about the opening sequence, since it was part of the nine minutes that a lot of people saw,” he said. “That was me, Zach and Zoe. That was fun. It was some high-flying antics for Sulu. It was a chance to be in another ship; that’s what I took away from it. It was so cool. I can’t tell you how nifty it is to be in one of those vehicles and to pretend that you’re piloting it, because nobody gets to see what we see, which is that every detail of the design is so perfect. It makes our job, one, easy, because you don’t have to pretend to be doing things. You can feel like you’re really just doing them. And, two, it’s just a beautiful design. It doesn’t make it on to the screen, a lot of it. Let’s just say I took a lot of video.”
Some of the filming on Star Trek into Darkness was so intense, that it made actor Simon Pegg physically ill.
J.J. Abrams preferred to have sets as real as possible, avoiding the use of CG whenever he could. So large sets were built on which to film.
“The set we had now was the biggest ever rendering of the Starship Enterprise in the history of the Star Trek story,” said Pegg. “We had a bridge that was connected to a corridor that went through to the medbay, engineering and the transporter room, so you could do long walking and talking scenes, and get a sense of the ship’s size.”
In one of his scenes, Pegg, returning from having a heavy lunch one day, expected a rather sedate dialogue-heavy scene, but faced an action scene instead, with unfortunate results. The actor was told to run from one end of a hangar to the other end as fast as he could.
Pegg did the scene. Abrams had him do it twice more, and that last take was the fateful one for Pegg. He had to apologize and run off of the set to be ill. “I saw things that I was sure I had eaten in the 1970s,” he said. “It was quite dramatic.”
Although the Star Trek into Darkness story got tense at times, the actors found lots of time for humor on the set.
“We do a lot of beaming in this film,” said Saldana, and that led to funny moments on the set.
“All the ‘beam me up, Scotty’ stuff is really super funny,” said Saldana. “They can hardly ever use the first or second take.
“I’ll start laughing. Chris Pine will laugh. Zach laughs. Even J.J. Abrams will burst into laughing now and then because you’re standing there wearing the costume, perfectly still, and you have to imagine your every molecule being sent into space.”
Sometimes, the actors, including Saldana, would dare to sit in the captain’s chair. “I think all of us sat in the captain’s chair every now and then,” said Saldana. “Then Chris would walk across the bridge and say, ‘Can you please get out of my chair?’”
Star Trek Into Darkness composer Michael Giachino shared 22-minutes of music from his score during a great hour-long interview on WQXR radio. You can listen to the whole thing below. We also have an update on the soundtrack availability.
Preview of Giacchino’s Into Darkness Score + Interview
WQXR has a great hour-long interview with Star Trek Into Darkness composter Michael Giachino. You can listen to the full interview and all the music below.
Soundtrack now coming May 28 – available to pre-order on Amazon
Amazon has updated their listings for the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack. The CD version is now listed to be released on May 28th (previously it was listed as May 14th). Also the vynil version is no longer available for pre-order, but they now have a ‘signup’ to be notified when the item is being released. .
During the production of the last two Star Trek movies a number of luminaries have visited the set, but one of them actually got the chance to direct a scene. Today Edgar Wright revealed his connection to Into Darkness, which some might think puts him on the short list to direct the next Trek feature.
Edgar Wright Directed Into Darkness Shot
This morning writer/director Edgar Wright sent out a tweet revealing that he directed one of the scenes in Star Trek Into Darkness. He also showed a behind the scenes image.
There are 2120 shots in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. I directed one of them. Looking forward to seeing the other 2119. twitter.com/edgarwright/st…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 9, 2013
Wright may be the first to direct a shot, but he is not the first director to talk about giving JJ Abrams a hand with Star Trek. Steven Spielberg is said to have assisted in one of the action scenes on the USS Enterprise for the 2009 Star Trek movie. Other directors have visited the set of JJ Abrams Star Trek as well, including Jonathan Frakes.
Could Wright Helm Next Star Trek?
While JJ Abrams is set to produce the next Trek, it seems he will not be able to direct due to his commitment to deliver a Star Wars movie in 2015. The fact that Abrams let Wright direct a scene of Star Trek Into Darkness shows that he is part of the circle of trust and could put him on the short list for possible directors for the next Star Trek feature. Abrams offered Wright the job of directing Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (which he turned down), but last summer it was announced that Wright was going to direct a new sci-fi movie called Collider produced by Abrams and Bad Robot (for Paramount).
Currently Wright is finalizing post-production on The World’s End (the third film of his Cornetto trilogy and collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) which is due i theaters July 19th. However, Wright may have his own scheduling conflict. The director is set helm Ant Man for Disney/Marvel, targeting a 2015 release date.
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Another day and another bunch of Star Trek Into Darkness videos to share. Today we have a brand new clip (which aired on MTV last night), a new Bones character profile (and Urban EPK soundbites), plus some Into Darkness gags from Conan and a promo for the audiobook narrated by Alice Eve.
Here is the latest Clip from Star Trek Into Darkness, an exclusive to MTV.
Bones Character Profile + Urban Soundbite EPK Interview
Today Paramount (again first featured at AreYou1701.com) released a new Star Trek Into Darkness character profile – this time for Dr. McCoy.
And here is Karl Urban’s EPK Soundbit video (note question topics are listed at the beginning).
Alice Eve talks Audiobook
Simon and Schuster Audio just released a promo for the audiobook of Star Trek Into Darkness narrated by Alice Eve.
Conan Denies He spoiled the movie
On Tuesday Conan O’Brien did a comedy bit about Star Trek Into Darkness, but it got some wondering if he accidentally released a spoiler. So last night Conan did another bit defending the first bit. Watch them both below.
There are many ways to show off your Star Trek fandom, and now there are a few more. You can now be a Trekkie in the way you pay for things with brand new Star Trek prepaid Visa Debit cards. Or if you prefer, Star Trek checks are available again. And you can even get your own Star Trek email address. More info below.
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On Tuesday the Star Trek Into Darkness world tour arrived in Mexico City. TrekMovie was on the red carpet and had quick moments to chat with JJ Abrams, Alice Eve and Zoe Saldana. Watch the video below, plus see pictures from the Mexico premiere.
En La Oscuridad Premieres In Mexico
TrekMovie was on the red carpet in Mexico City for the Mexico premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness (or as it is known in Latin America "En La Oscuridad"). Director JJ Abrams was there to show off the movie, joined by actors Alice Eve, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana. TrekMovie had quick moments to chat with Abrams, Eve and Saldana (in Spanish), but unfortunately Chris didn’t have time to stop. Here is our red carpet video.
And here are some excerpts.
JJ Abrams on how directing Star Trek and Into Darkness was different
I am always learning from my mistakes and I make enough of them so I learn a lot. I feel like the fun of doing this movie was not only getting to work with this cast again and making a deeper, bigger, better movie, but also even in four years what we could do technically expanded. So I knew we had to do some real cool stuff visually.
Zoe Saldana on the most challenging thing playing Uhura (translated from Spanish)
Learning to move in the tiny, tight dress. It presented a real dilemma for me.
Alice Eve on if she is a Trek fan
When I was younger I watched it with my grandfather so I knew it then, but now I am a real fan
Photos from Mexico
Here are some of the official Paramount photos from the Mexico premiere. As with all the premieres, the stars took time to take photos with fans and sign autographs.
Here is the group posing and on stage addressing the audience.
And here are some images from a photocall from earlier in the day.
Finally after JJ Abrams finished with his interview with us he stepped away but then returned to autograph the the Mexico Star Club sign.
Alfredo Ruanova is the president of the Star Trek Fan Club in Mexico: Aztlan: Earth-Station (startrek.org.mx). Video camera operation by Ian Phillips Garcia Wiel.
Facebook’s Galaxy Life will now include Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Galaxy Life is a space strategy game that features the Starlings, who “look cute and playful, but when it comes down to brass tacks they don’t mess about. They attack! ”
In Galaxy Life, players can now “deploy the Enterprise as a defensive ‘Shield Assist’ item to protect their galaxies against meteor and rocket attacks from aggressors in the area. The Star Trek Enterprise Shield Assist can be purchased using premium currency or Facebook credits, and players can customize their Starling character by using the Starlingizer, so that their avatar sports assorted Star Trek uniformed apparel which can then be proudly shown off in the game and in social media channels.”
“Star Trek as a franchise is a multi-media, pop culture phenomenon,” said Jason Loia, Chief Operating Officer of Digital Chocolate. “Exploring strange new worlds is a timeless fascination, and that plays into the core gameplay of Galaxy Life. Incorporating popular Star Trek elements will enhance the experience and creates something our players can get excited about.”
Galaxy Life‘s Facebook page is located here.
Four dramas were ordered by Fox for this fall season, and two of the shows come courtesy of J.J. Abrams, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The two shows ordered by Fox are: Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow.
J.J. Abrams‘ Almost Human is “an action-packed police drama set thirty-five years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world.”
Karl Urban will be starring in Almost Human along with Michael Ealy and Lili Taylor.
The other show, Sleepy Hollow, comes from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. In Sleepy Hollow, “a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving‘s classic. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers.”
Last night, MTV released a new clip from Star Trek into Darkness featuring Zachary Quinto, John Cho, and Zoe Saldana.
The clip was taken from the “volcano” scene part of the movie and contains some footage not seen before. Spoilers are in the clip.
In the clip, Spock narrowly escapes death.