Producer/director J.J. Abrams and his cast are heading back to the final frontier, with filming just kicking off on the new, still-untitled Star Trek movie. Paramount Pictures announced today the film has indeed finally, officially started shooting in Los Angeles.
Paramount also confirmed the return of Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk, John Cho as Sulu, Bruce Greenwood as Captain Christopher Pike, Simon Pegg as Scott, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones McCoy, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. The returning crew is being joined by Star Trek newbies Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof wrote the script. Abrams and Paramount are aiming for a May 17, 2013 release of the 3D film (which will hopefully be worthy of the format).
Abrams' first Star Trek was released in 2009 and grossed $385 million before exiting theaters.
(Photo from Star Trek © Paramount Pictures)