The USS Enterprise has ventured out to many exotic planets -- and even a trip to the center of the galaxy that many would like to forget. But one thing a Star Trek film has never done was film outside the United States.
"Star Trek 2" is heading to Iceland. And, at least according to TrekMovie, it's the first time ever that a Star Trek film has left the country to film anything.
So what could be attracting J.J. Abrams to the country for the first time? Well, it's actually something the film's special effects team is interested in -- the landscapes.
The fact that "Star Trek 2" was coming to town was first reported by the Icelandic newspaper Frettabladid, which speculated that crews were looking for landscapes to possibly stand-in as Vulcan. Unfortunately, the reporters there must have missed Abrams' 2009 outing, because the only Vulcan they would need in this film are for flashback scenes.
The second unit filming is being headed up by Roger Guyett of Industrial Light & Magic, according to TrekMovie. It is not clear, however, if Abrams himself will make the trip, but the blog states that the director's presence is "still being determined."
Iceland is home to more than 300,000 people, and up until a few years ago, was one of the world's wealthiest and most stable nations, although it is still very financially and politically stable despite some economic downturns. It's also a highly developed country where 95 percent of the population is connected to the Internet -- more than any other country in the world (including the United States).
Movie studios have been making more and more frequent trips to the country, not just because of its amazing (and almost alien) landscapes, but also because of financial incentives offered by the Icelandic government. The HBO series "Game of Thrones" and the upcoming Ridley Scott film "Prometheus" both filmed scenes in Iceland recently.
There is still no name for the "Star Trek" sequel, but as post-production moves forward, it's likely an announcement could be made by the end of summer, with a first teaser trailer expected for the holiday film season.
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