Saturday, 5 November 2011

Star Trek (not) 2: J J Abrams wants Benicio Del Toro to play the villain...

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According to Variety J J Abrams is all set to offer Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, The Wolfman) the part of the film’s main villain in the next few days. The film’s plot and the new characters are being kept secret, but the casting of Del Toro (if it comes off) would set a trend, following Eric Bana in Star Trek (2009) of high quality actors opposing the crew of the Enterprise.

Star Trek sequel (which as yet has no official title is due to start filming early in 2012 for a release expected to be sometime in 2013. It is again being directed by J J Abrams (Star Trek Mission Impossible 3, Super 8) and written by Bob Orci & Alex Kurtzman (Star Tek, Transformers, Fringe); although this time Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, Cowboys & Aliens) is also writing.

Star Trek was a big success in 2009, winning critical plaudits and public favour. It became the highest grossing of all the Star Trek films, as well as the highest attended. Although it still has to improve on the international takings it is by far the most successful ‘overseas’ since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 (Adjusted or otherwise) With Trek now firmly re-established as a “cool” series to go see the sequel is expected to increase takings everywhere, but especially in the international markets.
North American Gross
International Gross
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