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J.J. Abrams offers “Star Trek 2″ updates.

J.J. Abrams offers “Star Trek 2″ updates.

J.J. Abrams offers Star Trek 2 updates.

Director J.J. Abrams was on hand at the recent Television Critics Association press tour to promote Alcatraz, his latest television venture, but didn’t shy away from questions surrounding the Star Trek sequel that he’s slated to direct. IGN was on hand, and was kind enough to provide some details.

When asked about the choice to post-convert the film in 3D, rather than shoot natively:

“We’re shooting on film, and the reason for that is I wanted to shoot for anamorphic, and you can’t shoot 3D anamorphic. We’ve done some tests. Not only lens flare tests, but we’ve done 3D tests and stuff. We actually converted a bunch of the original movie, which looked really good. So that was the thing that made me feel like maybe that would be okay. But I didn’t want to shoot the movie digitally. I didn’t want to shoot it spherically. It will be converted, for those who want to see it, in 3D. But I wanted to match the look of the first one and shoot it anamorphically.

I did not fight for the 3D. It’s 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 it actually looked really cool. So I was okay with their doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to in anamorphic film. So those who want to see it in 3D – which looked pretty cool – they can do it. And for those who want to see it in 2D, they can do that too.”

Last week we reported that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the cast, and Abrams spoke briefly about his addition:

“We were just looking for someone with the most awesome name in history. That was the casting call: ‘Most Awesome Name in History, Ever.’ And Benedict Cumberbatch showed up. We were like, ‘You’re cast!’

Honestly, he’s just an incredible actor. If you’ve seen the work in Sherlock, he’s just got incredible skills. He’s an amazing stage actor. Did an amazing Frankenstein. He’s brilliant. You try to cast people that are great. We got lucky. I just loved his work and thought that he was perfect for what we needed.”

Abrams would not confirm that Cumberbatch had indeed been cast as the film’s villain, but with production scheduled to begin this week, it seems likely. The untitled Star Trek sequel is currently scheduled for release on May 17, 2013.

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