Speaking in an interview with MTV US J.J. Abrams confirmed that Klingons will feature in Star Trek Into Darkness. He also reiterated that the iconic alien race were scheduled to appear in the first instalment of the reboot, 2009’s Star Trek, but were cut out during post production.
Abrams said during the interview:
“We had shot some stuff that had Klingons in [our first ‘Star Trek’ film], and we cut the scene,” said the filmmaker. “It’s a deleted scene on the DVD. But they’re back in this one.”
Abrams also revealed that the Klingons role “is definitely adversarial” though he maintained that “You don’t need to know any preexisting stories to enjoy this film”, which is great news for the global commercial prospects of the sequel.
Here’s a brief summary of the Klingons:
Klingons are recurring villains in the 1960s television show Star Trek: The Original Series, and have appeared in all five spin-off series, along with eight of the feature films. Initially intended to be antagonists for the crew of the USS Enterprise, the Klingons ended up a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. In the 1990s series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine the United Federation of Planets briefly goes to war with the Klingons. Later in the series, the two join together with the Romulans to fight the Dominion.
Another interesting aspect of the movie is the introduction of Star Fleet scientist, Carol Marcus (played by Alice Eve). Marcus first appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and is the mother of Kirk’s son, David. Many die-hard Star Trek fans believe that this may be that another indication that Benedict Cumberbatch will be portraying Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Star Trek Into Darkness is due for release in the US and UK on 17th May 2013. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve and Bruce Greenwood.