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It’s not concrete, and it doesn’t provide any substantial information, but hell, it has to do with the “Star Trek” sequel, which is good enough for me. In a New York Times article about iPads, a topic that I find almost as interesting as accounting seminars, there is the teeniest, tiniest little hint about a potential new character that may accompany Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise into deep space on their next adventure.
[Robert] Orci, meeting with the producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, and his fellow writer Alex Kurtzman, jump-started the discussion with an iPad slide show, showing stills from the first film, snapshots of potential locations and a photo of a suggested actress for one of the roles. On the woman’s photo, he had used his iPad to paint on a Vulcan ear.
Is this a suggestion or something more definite? Will this be a new character, like Nero in the first film, or will it introduce us to a younger version of someone we’re already familiar with? Hero or villain? Really there are more questions than answers, and like I said, there isn’t any actual substance to this news, but it is enough to get me thinking about the “Star Trek” sequel, which alone automatically generates a small degree of excitement.
Abrams and company are set to start filming next year with their eye on a June 29, 2012 release. So at least we’ll get to see “Star Trek” on the big screen again before that pesky Mayan apocalypse.