Splash News got this Behind the Scenes footage of Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) against SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch in a fight sequence for Paramount’s STAR TREK sequel.
Director JJ Abrams was on hand guidng the actors through their movements, and though a stuntman for Quinto was on set, it looked as if the actor was doing the bulk of the work.
Probably any shot with the character being knocked down was doubled, as insurance companies are naturally disinclined to allow stars to take actual falls. An eariler leaked photo indicates that Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is in on the action as well—perhaps with a better idea for subduing the seemingly Vulcan Nerve Pinch-resistant Cumberbatch.
In response to Zachary Quinto’s( Mr. Spock) recent comment that the script to the currently filming STAR TREK sequel is still undergoing rewrites, co-writer Roberto Orci told TrekMovie.com
“…you should know the story hasn’t change(d), the structure hasn’t changed, and the action sequences haven’t changed. Most changes are minor.
The changes I suspect Quinto is referring to are the character interactions as we fine tune the level of their various friendships. How well they all know each other and what they’ve all been through off screen is a nuanced yet essential part of the actors understanding where they are coming from with each other. While discussing the exact same plot elements, what they’ve been through colors their attitude toward each other.
And given that the time past (sic) in real life is different than the amount of time passed in the movie world, it takes a polish to get it just right. That’s what polishes (a legal contractual word in our contract) are for.
Does any of this mean the movie will be any good? No. But if it’s no good, it will be because we were wrong to execute exactly what we wanted. Not because we changed our minds or someone changed our minds for us. “
See the much longer comments at the link above, where Orci adds that some slight revisions are also necessary to accomodate changes in setting as director JJ Abrambs explores new equipment allowing greater camera movement, presumably within and between sets. All this must of course be documented and reflected in the script on any complex production.
Nearly all films require some on-going rewrites during production to allow for directors’ decisions, ideas generated by actor improvisations, location opportunities, etc.
Variety reports that Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC TV series SHERLOCK, has been chosen to play the villain in STAR TREK 2.
The unknown role, rumored by some media sources to be the TV/Movie genetic superman Khan Noonian Singh, was originally offered to Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro and Paramount could not come to terms, however, so the search went on.
STAR TREK 2 is set to begin production this month.
Cumberbatch will also be joining his TV Watson Martin Freeman in THE HOBBIT, providing motion capture and voices for the dragon Smaug and “the Necromancer”, assumed to be the dark wizard Sauron.
According to Variety, Noel Clarke, who was the recurring character Mickey Smith on the BBC’s revived DOCTOR WHO in its first two seasons, has been cast in role in Paramount’s next STAR TREK film.
A wirter and director himself, he joins a cast that includes Peter Weller (ROBOCOP) and Alice Eve (ENTOURAGE, MEN IN BLACK 3).
The article had no further details, other than the the fact the actor’s role is reputed to be ” a family man with a wife and young daughter”.
STAR TREK 2 is being directed by JJ Abrams from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof.
The as yet un-named sequel is presently scheduled for release May 17th, 2013 from Bad Robot Productions, Skydance Productions, and Paramount Pictures.