Park Won-soon, the Mayor of Seoul, may have let it slip that Paramount’s new Star Trek movie will be filmed in South Korea. According to the Korea Observer, Park wrote on his Facebook account: “Today I met with Jeffrey Chernov, producer of ‘Star Trek 3,’ at the Paramount Pictures Studio and agreed to film a portion of the upcoming movie in Seoul.”
Seoul is entirely plausible as a Star Trek backdrop – South Korea is becoming quite the hotspot for Hollywood action flicks; recent movies Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Bourne Legacy were also filmed in the area.
Meanwhile, Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new film series, revealed that it’s not long before the action kicks off, “The next Star Trek is on the horizon,” he said to NBC. “I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months.”
Ice Age 5 director Roberto Orci (who also produced Transformers and The Amazing Spider-man 2), was involved in the first two Star Trek films. As JJ Abrams is busy working on Star Wars VII he will produce Star Trek 3 rather than direct it, and Orci will take the director’s chair.
The returning cast is likely to include Chris Pine as Kirk and Zoe Saldana as Uhura, as well as Quinto as Spock. There are also whisperings that William Shatner, who stared as Captain James T Kirk in the original TV series, may do a cameo in the new movie.
Star Trek 3 is set for release in 2016, and will mark the 50th birthday of the Star Trek series.
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