J.J. Abrams 'did not fight' for 3-D Star Trek sequel

January 10th, 2012

J.J. Abrams "didn't want" the 'Star Trek' sequel to be in 3-D.

The director - who begins filming on the eagerly anticipated sci-fi film on Thursday (12.01.12) - admits he was not initially keen to have the picture shot in 3-D but was convinced when he saw some sections of the first movie converted.

He said: "I did not fight for the 3-D. It was something that the studio wanted to do, and I didn't want to do it. And then, when I saw the first movie converted in sections, I thought that it actually looked really cool.

"So, I was OK with their doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to, in anamorphic film, and then let them convert it. So, those who want to see it in 3-D, which looked pretty cool, can do it, and those that want to see it in 2-D can do that too."

The filmmaker is particularly delighted with the recent casting of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in a leading role, because he believes him to be an "incredible" actor.

He told Collider.com: "He's a genius. Honestly, he's just an incredible actor. If you've seen his work in 'Sherlock', he's just got incredible skills. He's an amazing stage actor. He did amazing work on stage in 'Frankenstein'. He's brilliant. You try to cast people who are great. We got lucky."

In addition to Cumberbatch, newcomers to the series include Noel Clarke and Alice Eve, and the actors from the first film - including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana - are all returning to the sequel, which will be released in May 2013.