The sequel to J.J. Abrams’ slick and successful Star Trek reboot was originally supposed to come out on June 29, 2012. That date didn’t really take into consideration that Abrams was a busy guy doing a lot of other things though. Because of his directorial and promotional duties on Super 8, there was no way he was going to hit that date and make it good. Thankfully, instead of forcing Abrams to rush the project out, or flat out firing Abrams and then hiring Brett Ratner to rush the project out, Paramount had the good sense to pull back on their expectations, give Abrams a reprieve, and actually try to make a good movie.
And now that work has begun on the sequel it’s time to give another crack at that whole coming up with a release date thing. This means we’re looking at 2013. Or more specifically, Deadline Fountain Valley reports that we’re looking at May 17th 2013, a date that Roland Emmerich’s big sci-fi movie Singularity used to be set for. Once that movie got pushed back to a fall release, May 17th was left wide open, and that’s some prime pre-Memorial Day real estate to scoop up. This should be good news for fans of Star Trek and bad news for anyone else looking for a date to release a movie on in May of 2013.
On the production side of things, Abrams and company seem to now be at the point where they’re thinking about casting. Like any good sequel, Star Trek 2 is going to have to find a bad guy even tougher than the one our heroes battled in the first film, and in order to bring said baddie to life, Abrams is trying to get actor Benicio Del Toro to come on board. When talking with MTV recently Abrams 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.” Seems like a good idea to me. In addition to just being a good actor, Del Toro is also a weird guy that makes some crazy choices with his performances. I’m sure if given good material to work with he could become one of the greatest Star Trek villains of all time, or at least one of the most memorable.
But speaking of that material, what sort of character would he be playing? He’s not going to be the new Khan, is he? Abrams isn’t letting any details spill. When asked, he just responded, “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.” Personally I think that Del Toro would have no problem pulling Uhura off. Abrams’ instincts might be spot on here though. After a while the black-face could start to look offensive. Something like that takes the delicate touch of a Robert Downey Jr. Is he free to play Uhura?