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The production on the highly-anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise began Friday in Los Angeles. While the film’s plot has been kept under tight wraps, like most Abrams projects, Benedict Cumberbatch was able to talk a little bit about his role at the Golden Globes Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times reports that film’s production began at the Sony Pictures Entertainment studio in Los Angeles, the same studio where the first film was produced. Most big-budget films are usually produced outside of LA, where tax credits help lower the overall cost of the film. In California, the tax credit is not available for films with budgets over $75 million and the first Star Trek film cost $140 million for Paramount to make. Still, Abrams likes to use the local, diverse locations available in LA.
According to Movieweb, Abrams’ first Trek film made over $385 million worldwide. The new film features a script from regular Abrams collaborators Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Damon Lindelof and most of the original cast, including Chris Pine, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana, are returning. The confirmed new cast members include Robocop’s Peter Weller and Alice Eve.
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was recently announced as a new member of the cast as well. It had been speculated that Cumberbatch might have been cast as the film’s villain, but when Cumberbatch spoke to MTV News at the Golden Globes Sunday, he might have poked some holes in that hypothesis.
In the interview, Cumberbatch was asked if he was playing the antagonist. "I don't think we do know that, actually...That's just supposition. And that's all I'm going to say about it,” he told MTV. According to The Associated Press, Cumberbatch also described himself as being “thrilled” to be cast in the film.
The only other hint about his role that he gave MTV was adding that the role has forced him to be “working out nonstop.” Later, he said, “I start [shooting] next week, which is really exciting, and I can't say any more than that."
You can watch Cumberbatch’s interview with MTV below: