More than four years ago, photos from the first day of shooting of "Star Trek" featuring Zachary Quinto in front of the Vulcan Science Academy committee leaked to the Internet, and fandom was buzzing.
Director J.J. Abrams locked down the set even more than he had before, and not much else got out afterward.
Now it's 2012, and despite Abrams already going through this once, it looks like he still can't fully stop images leaking out from the set. And the time, these are doozies: they include stars Quinto, Zoe Saldana and villain actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
Airlock Alpha has chosen not to further distribute the images because we are not comfortable with how they were obtained, and Abrams -- along with Quinto and Saldana -- are already speaking out harshly about the leak.
"J.J. was very upset," Saldana, who plays Uhura, recently told MTV. "I have to say that. It's not going to stop people form intruding, but they are, and it's such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise."
Quinto is Mr. Spock himself, and knows that tight security on a Star Trek film set goes all the way back to "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" in the late 1970s. And while he agrees that such pictures should get out, the fact that they did at least gets people talking about the film even more with just 14 months until release.
"We've been working on that sequence for five days," Quinto told IFC. "I was afraid they were going to think it was me who leaked that picture, but it wasn't. The picture leaking did not go over so well. They're [going] to great lengths to preserve security."
Very little about the film has been released, outside of its writing team, director and cast. Not even Cumberbatch's character has been revealed, although some have speculated that it's Khan, although the leaked pictures may now suggest otherwise.
What is known is that "Star Trek 2" is being prepped for a May 2013 release.
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