Just a few days ago, a number of Star Trek 2 images were leaked, including the one below, which depicts Zachary Quinto as Spock and Benedict Cumberbatch in an undisclosed role.
We’ve known for some time that Cumberbatch is playing the unknown villain in the film, which is currently under production.
Sometimes image leaks are deliberate, and done to help promote a particular film. Meaning, a photo from the set is “leaked” to generate buzz and publicity.
However, the Cumberbatch incident appears to have been a genuine leak.
Indeed, MTV talked to Saldana and Quinto at the Oscars this week about the leaked photo. The consensus? J.J. Abrams is not happy.
In fact, “J.J. was very upset,” said Saldana. “I have to say that. It’s not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it’s such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise.”
She’s referring to the secretive nature of Abrams’ film sets, and his clear desire not to let the nature or identity of the film’s villain be known yet.
Of course, this isn’t Super 8, or one of Abrams’ other non-franchised film, this is Star Trek, which has a lot of devoted fans who want very much to know what’s going on with the new movie, set in their favorite sub-canon, mostly because they want to disparage it. So, any news at all off the set will be highly valued, and thus highly sought after. I don’t expect this will be the last time we get information about the film which Abrams doesn’t want us to know.
“That was not an actual scene that will be featured,” said Quinto, “The cameras weren’t even rolling so…imagine what it’ll look like when we’re actually doing it.”
He admitted that on a film with this many fans, and this much manpower, it’s nearly impossible to keep any secrets.
“That happens, I guess. We’re on incredibly big set pieces in the middle of somewhere and people sort of got wind of it.”
Star Trek 2
, which also stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, and Alice Eve, is currently filming, and slated to hit theaters on May 17, 2013.