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Star Trek Sequel Opens May 2013, Abrams Targets Benicio del Toro

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J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek surprised many by being both faithful to the original source material and also widely accessible to new viewers. Sequel talk started almost immediately, but Abrams wanted to make Super 8 before returning to Starfleet. Now that that’s out of the way, we’re finally getting some substantial news about the film.

The MTV Movies Blog caught up with Abrams on the red carpet for Super 8‘s DVD and Blu-ray release, where the director confirmed that Benicio del Toro is high on his wish list of new actors for the film. “It’s too early to talk about what the role is, but he’s such an amazing actor,” he said. “He’s so versatile. He could sort of do anything.” He went on to say that as soon as anyone was signed, news would be released to the public.

Meanwhile, Deadline scored a few practical details. First of all, the film is planned for a May 17, 2013, release to fill in the gap left by Roland Emmerich’s Singularity, which moved from that date to Nov. 1, 2013. Secondly, the site confirmed the Star Trek sequel will be shot in 3D. Writers Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are working on the script, and all stars will be returning.