Nolan North will make an appearance
You may not know his face, but Nolan North has is one of the hardest working actors around. Mr. North has voiced everything from Transformers video games to the The Avengers TV show, as well as appearing in shows like ABC’s Pretty Little Liars. The guy’s got range. And now, North’s talents have won him a spot in the new Star Trek sequel. North told Eurogamer that both J.J. Abrams – director of both the first and second films in the series – and his son are both fans of Uncharted, the single-player action-adventure game, main character of which, Nathan Drake, is voiced by North. “The reason I did that movie – it’s a very small role – but it’s because he and his son are huge fans of Uncharted. I met him doing some work on Super 8 and he said ‘We’re doing Star Trek, you wanna do it?’ And I said I’d love to,” said North. No word yet on what role the actor will play.
Leonard Nimoy will not
Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the original series, has confirmed that he will not be appearing in the sequel. “I visited the set one day and that started some speculation about whether I was doing the film. It’s all speculation,” said Mr. Nimoy. While fans may be disappointed, the original Spock seems confident about passing on the torch and has kind words about Zachary Quinto, who is playing the character in the modern movies: “Well, my feeling is that they don’t need me. They’ve got a wonderful cast. Zachary Quinto has taken on the character of Spock, and I think he is wonderfully suited.”
Some scenes were shot in Iceland
Considering its intrepid excursions across galaxies and through tears in the time-space continuum, it’s a little weird that the Star Trek film franchise has yet to cross international borders to shoot. The crew of the new sequel broke with precedent recently in electing to travel to Iceland to film, following in the footsteps of Game of Thrones and Prometheus, which have both recently shot scenes there. The Icelandic unit is headed by Roger Guyett of Industrial Light & Magic and isn’t expected to involve any of the cast. Sorry, Icelanders — no Chris Pine sightings for you.