'Star Trek 3' Begins Filming -- See the First Set Photos, Plus More On the 2016 Sequel

'Star Trek 3' Begins Filming -- See the First Set Photos, Plus More On the 2016 Sequel

Jun 25, 2015

The next installment of Star Trek began principal photography today. It could very well be a departure of sorts from the previous two installments, if only because their director, J.J. Abrams, went and made a Star Wars movie instead. There's a new guy at the helm, and that's about all we know for sure. But below we'll guide you through what is and isn't a certainty about Star Trek 3 and also share some bits about the first shooting location, a few initial set photos and also news on a relevant film also aiming for release next year.

What's this one called?

Paramount hasn't made it official, but the title revealed a few months ago through various channels is Star Trek Beyond.

When does it come out?

July 8, 2016.

Who is taking over from Abrams?

Justin Lin, of the Fast and Furious movies, is the director this time

What's it about?

That we don't really know, yet, though it's expected to be set on the five-year mission of the USS Enterprise. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhara (Zoe Saldana), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho) are exploring uncharted space, going where no man has gone before. Boldly.

While out there, they might meet a villain played by Bryan Cranston or Idris Elba, as well as someone played by Kingsman: The Secret Service standout Sofia Boutella. Pegg wrote the screenplay with Doug Jung. Last month, Pegg revealed that the previous draft for the sequel was deemed "too Star Trek-y," so he was tasked with making it more thrilling, to be something that will draw bigger crowds. 

Can we gather any hints from the first shooting location?

The production, which is set up near Vancouver under the fake name "Washington," began filming today in the woods of Squamish, British Columbia, and will continue there Tuesday, specifically around the Grand Wall Boulders. This is a site popular for climbing -- or bouldering -- because of the interesting shapes of the rocks (members of the bouldering community have been negatively reporting on the crew's treatment of the area and general annoyance of the occupation of the site). There are also fake rocks apparently being added to the scenery, as seen in the photos below via Squamish Climbing Magazine:


The bouldering thing kinda reminds us of this scene from Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier, only with smaller climbing surfaces:


What about the first set photos?

Aside from those above taken by locals, there hasn't been much to see. Quinto and Saldana have shared pics on Instagram of their preparation, with Quinto also paying respects to the late Leonard Nimoy, who previously played the part of Spock.


someone is preparing to emerge.

A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on




Trailer time #startrek

A photo posted by Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) on


What is the documentary that Quinto mentions in his post?

Nimoy's son, Adam, is making a film about his father and the Star Trek character he famously embodied on screens small and big for almost half a century. Titled For the Love of Spock, the documentary is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter with less than a week to go to raise its goal of $600,000. Watch Adam Nimoy's campaign video here:




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