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'Star Trek 3' Begins Production; Idris Elba Casting Confirmed

Update: Star Trek 3 cast gets raises as Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto sign on for Star Trek 4.

The crew of the USS Enterprise have trekked into darkness, and now they're getting ready to trek beyond (according to the rumored title, anyway) in Star Trek 3, the next instalment of the rebooted movie franchise that has thus far been helmed by J.J. Abrams. The director of the previous two Star Trek films is busy with another sci-fi franchise, so Fast and Furious 6 director Justin Lin is taking over for Star Trek 3.

The sequel will see Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as James T. Kirk and Spock, respectively. Other returning cast members include Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana, and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) will star as the new villain. With all the pieces in place, we can confirm that production on Star Trek 3 has now begun.

Star Trek 3 cast members have been spotted arriving in Vancouver over the past week, right on schedule for the start of filming, and Quinto and Saldana have been teasing the start of production on social media. In memory of the late Leonard Nimoy, who reprised his role as 'Spock Prime' in the last two Star Trek movies, Quinto posted a photo of his freshly plucked eyebrows on Instagram, as well as another image of him sporting Spock's distinctive hairstyle. Meanwhile, Saldana shared a self-explanatory shot of herself sitting in a trailer, getting ready for a day of filming.

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