Although several photos leaked from the set of Star Trek 2, eventually leading a displeased J.J. Abrams to construct a wall out of shipping containers, the secretive director has managed to keep a lid on the sequel’s details. Despite months of rumors, we still don’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing — Simon Pegg insists it isn’t Khan — or even a vague plot direction. But during Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, Abrams may have let at least one cat out of the bag.
The TrekMovie fan site caught that, at the beginning of Joel McHale’s gag about archery’s Hollywood comeback (below), Abrams is shown in front of a monitor depicting an armored Klingon, seemingly confirming the aliens will appear in Star Trek 2. The director included Klingons in the 2009 film, but they didn’t make the final cut.
HitFix confirms it is indeed a Klingon on the screen, learning from an unnamed source that “the image wasn’t included in the clip by accident” (of course it wasn’t an accident). MTV is now touting the shot as “the very first look at director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2.”
The as-yet-untitled Star Trek sequel, which opens May 17, 2013, stars returning cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Greenwood, joined by Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.