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For the opening sequence, a huge scale volcano was built, complete with jets of flaming gas. The crew described this set as being "insanely hot".
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Benedict Cumberbatch's character was not revealed to the actor until a week after he was cast. A studio representative flew to London from Los Angeles with the script handcuffed to his wrist.
There is an inside joke with Chekov being asked to put on a red shirt by Kirk, and Chekov's less than enthusiastic reaction. In a famous interview, Walter Koenig stated that being a part of Star Trek all of these years was fantastic, as long as you didn't wear a red shirt, since most of those who wore the red shirts in the original series were almost always killed.
An "in joke" reference is made to Simon Pegg when he is trying to open the bay doors during Kirk and Khan's boarding attempt. The security guard asks Scotty to "show his other hand". It is common knowledge to Star Trek fans that James Doohan never revealed both hands in any of the original series because of the loss of one of his fingers (lost in combat during the D-Day invasion while storming the beach).
This was Leonard Nimoy's final acting role before his death on February 27, 2015 at age 83.
Benedict Cumberbatch recorded his screen test in his best friend's kitchen using an iPhone.
There's mention of the ship the "USS Bradbury". This is in tribute to science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury who passed away in June 2012.
Scotty refers to McCoy as "Bones" - this is the only instance in the history of Star Trek (1966) where someone other than Kirk refers to him by this nickname. In Star Trek: The Tholian Web (1968), when McCoy gets angry, Spock tells him that Kirk would have said "Forget it, Bones.".
Karl Urban pays homage to DeForest Kelley as he wears a pinkie ring on his left hand, just as Kelley did in the original Star Trek (1966) series and six movies.
One of the conditions for Leonard Nimoy to make an appearance as Spock in this film was for J.J. Abrams to make sure coffee ice cream was available at all times on the set. Leonard Nimoy loved coffee ice cream.
The highest grossing film of all the Star Trek movies.
J.J. Abrams briefly considered casting William Shatner in a pivotal small role but ultimately changed his mind.
The seat belts that deploy from crew chairs on the bridge and at a warp core control station had originally been featured in a deleted final scene from Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
Benedict Cumberbatch was recommended to J.J. Abrams by his Super 8 (2011) co-producer Steven Spielberg, who directed the actor in the film War Horse (2011).
One of the key action setpieces, the space jump sequence, was largely achieved by pulling Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch along the floor on a hoist.
Paramount Pictures requested that director J.J. Abrams make the film in 3D. However, Abrams wanted to shoot the two-dimensionally on film using IMAX cameras. The two compromised, making this the first feature film to be shot in IMAX and converted to 3D in post-production.
Chekov's temporary posting to Chief Engineer is based on a long running backstory and fan joke. When he was recognized in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) from a supposed encounter in Star Trek: Space Seed (1967), it was explained Chekov was assigned in security department. During the Space Seed incident, Chekov attempted to seal off engineering (as Walter Koenig had not yet joined the cast). Kirk was so impressed by his bravery, he moved him to bridge navigation. This also explained why Chekov in the first three films was later bridge weapons and tactical officer.
J.J. Abrams pitched the villain to Benedict Cumberbatch as a combination of The Joker (The Dark Knight (2008)), Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs (1991)) and Jack Torrance (The Shining (1980)).
The warp core pictured in the film is actually Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest and most energetic laser system. Real-life scientists are attempting to create nuclear fusion. In 2012, with the approval of the Department of Energy, NIF was utilized for the first time as a film set during a normal maintenance cycle for the facility. All additive costs were completely reimbursed by the film company so as to have no impact on NIF's experimental plan.
During filming, Simon Pegg pranked the cast into convincing them to wear neutron cream on their face when filming in the laser room because of neutron damage.
One of the two "Starfleet Memorial Admirals" was Gerald W. Abrams, J.J. Abrams' father.
This marks the first time a Star Trek film has shot outside the United States, with shooting in Iceland for special effects sequences.
According to J.J. Abrams, the time travel-alternate reality concept used in the previous film Star Trek (2009) was a deliberate ploy to enable a reboot for new sagas/films: "The idea, now that we are in an independent timeline, allows us to use any of the ingredients from the past - or come up with brand-new ones - to make potential stories.".
In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Uhura (to Nichelle Nichols' objections) was unfamiliar with Klingonese during their covert mission into Klingon territory. However, the alternate reality-Uhura is fluent in the language and able to use the skill while in Klingon space.
During the opening sequence, McCoy says "Shut up, Spock, we're trying to save you, damn it!". McCoy spoke a very similar line in the original series episode "The Immunity Syndrome", when he states, "Shut up, Spock! We're rescuing you!".
Dermot Mulroney plays cello in the scoring orchestra for this movie. Mulroney, who is better-known as an actor (Longtime Companion (1989), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), etc.), is also a classical cellist who occasionally plays in recording sessions for soundtracks.
One of the shuttles in the shuttle bay is named "Takei", a nod to George Takei, the original Hikaru Sulu.
After the attack on the Kelvin Memorial Archive, all top brass is summoned to the Daystrom Conference Room at Starfleet Headquarters. The conference room name is in reference to Richard Daystrom who invented the duotronic processor - the basis for the Enterprise's computer.
In the scene where Dr. "Bones" McCoy and Dr. Carol Marcus are about to open one of the 72 missiles to prove Khan's claim that there's more then just a missile inside, Bones mentions that he once performed a emergency C-Section on a pregnant Gorn, noting "those little bastards bite!" This is reference to an off-screen event in the video game tie-in Star Trek (2013) where Sulu stuns a pregnant Gorn and Bones performs said C-Section.
At the end of the sequence where Kirk and Khan make the jump to the Vengeance, and Scotty is being detained by a guard, notice just before Scotty hits the airlock button - he is seen taking and holding a large breath - which is exactly the wrong thing to do when experiencing the vacuum of space. Scotty should have exhaled and kept his mouth open, so that there would be no differential pressure in his lungs, and therefore, he could survive with little injury.
Benicio Del Toro was in early talks for the role of John Harrison, but eventually declined due to monetary issues. Demián Bichir, Edgar Ramírez and Jordi Mollà were considered afterwards, before Benedict Cumberbatch was finally cast.
The torpedo that Dr. "Bones" McCoy and Dr. Carol Marcus attempt to disassemble bears several markings of "CVN-65". This is the registry of the recently-decommissioned USS Enterprise aircraft carrier.
During the first shot of Khan running through the city streets after having crashed the USS Vengeance (right before Spock is beamed down in pursuit), you can hear the sound of sirens of what seem to be emergency responders arriving to the scene (off screen). The sound effect used is the same as the sound effect for the police hovercrafts in Minority Report (2002), which is directed by Steven Spielberg and is also set in the future. J.J. Abrams is a known Spielberg fan.
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman explained that the dilemma for the sequel was whether to pit the crew against another villain like in Star Trek (2009), or to have an "exploration sci-fi plot where the unknown and nature itself is somehow an adversary", like on Star Trek (1966).
When Kirk is in the med-bay, the screen displaying information on Kirk's vital conditions includes a notation for "Dr. Boyce". Dr. Boyce was the name of the ship's doctor in the original series pilot Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
In the opening sequence, on Nibiru as Kirk and Bones are running, the ground looks artificially hexagonal, almost as though the ground were paved with hexagonal slabs, however this pattern can happen in nature, as it has in the "Giants Causeway" in Northern Ireland.
Chekov spends much of the film in engineering rather than the bridge, so that he does not interact with Khan. This is in keeping with Star Trek: Space Seed (1967), which aired before Chekov was added to the cast. Ironically, Chekov is the only crew member Khan interacted with directly in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Khan's face-to-face interaction with the rest of the crew on board the Enterprise is a first since "Space Seed".
During Spock's fight with Khan, a six-note musical cue can be heard which is strongly reminiscent of the score from an episode of the original series, "Amok Time", during a scene where Kirk and Spock are fighting to the death. This can be heard on the score in the track called "The San Fran Hustle" at approximately 1:58.
Of all the titles proposed for the film, including many joke titles, Damon Lindelof preferred "Star Trek: Transformers 4" best: "It's technically available, we can go there!".
According to J.J. Abrams, the writers wanted a much more nuanced and complex villain for the sequel. They decided to bring back Khan for the sequel, due to the character's massive popularity.
When calling down to the shuttle bay, Sulu commands the crew to prepare the transport captured during the "Mudd incident last month", a reference to the same character who appeared in Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967) as a rogue trader. He also appeared in the comic prequel "Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness".
Benedict Cumberbatch is best known for playing the title character on Sherlock (2010). Leonard Nimoy played Sherlock Holmes on stage in the 1970s, and even makes reference to this fact in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), citing Holmes's logic that "when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Star Trek VI cast member Christopher Plummer also played Holmes, and also speaks a trademark line, "The game's afoot." Nimoy also recorded a song in the 1970s, "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins", inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Cumberbatch voices the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), in which his Sherlock castmate Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins.
Only the second time in the history of the franchise where Scotty calls Kirk by his first name "Jim" (during the loading of the 72 torpedoes on board the Enterprise). The other being the original series episode Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967) when James Doohan offers to stay behind and operate the transporter.
The San Francisco memorial monument in the film's ending is strongly inspired by the USS Arizona memorial in Hawaii, the most significant change being the building is a dark color instead of white.
In the first draft of Star Trek: Space Seed (1967), the villain's name was Harold Ericsson. In reference to this, in the screenplay for this film, Khan's false identity was originally John Ericsson. It was changed to "Harrison" in post-production, as it sounds similar enough to Ericsson that it could easily match the actors' lip movements.
In one of the exchanges between McCoy and Kirk, McCoy says "Are you out of your cornfed mind?". This is a reference to the fact that Kirk is from Iowa.
Michael Dorn, who had played the Klingon Starfleet Lieutenant Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), was contacted for a role during the start of filming, and was asked to play an officer. Eventually, the filmmakers decided that "they didn't want to mix the old with the new" and cut him out.
The 12th feature film in the Star Trek franchise.
This film takes place from 2259 to 2260.
Contains three references to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Uhura uses her fluency in Klingon, quite contrary to her fumbling through a dictionary in the previous film. During Kirk and Spock's absence, Sulu is given command of the Enterprise. In the earlier film, he commands his own ship. Dr. McCoy complains that he is a doctor, "not a torpedo technician". In the earlier film, he and Spock together modify a torpedo.
Mickey Rourke was considered for the role of Khan Noonien Singh.
Khan's ship, the SS Botany Bay, is not mentioned by name.
When Kirk, Spock and Uhura meet with the two security guards at Mudd's spaceship (on the Enterprise), Kirk addresses the security guard on the left as Hendorff. In the original series episode Star Trek: The Apple (1967), the first security officer to die was also Ensign Hendorff.
Edgar Wright, a friend of Simon Pegg has said that he directed a one single shot during the scene featuring the Klingons on Kronos while being uncredited for that shot.
The song in the bar scene is "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" by Albert King.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve have worked together twice before, in Hawking (2004) and Starter for 10 (2006).
The Klingons were given a new look for the film.
The screenwriters studied sci-fi novels by Arthur C. Clarke and Larry Niven for inspiration.
Both Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller have voiced the role of DC Comics hero Bruce Wayne/Batman: Greenwood in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) and Young Justice (2010), and Weller in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)/Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013).
The second of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, wherein two female characters are seen in their underwear. In this film: one of the women in bed with Kirk, and Carol Marcus. In the previous film Star Trek (2009): Uhura and Gaila.
Hayley Atwell and Teresa Palmer auditioned for the role of Carol Marcus.
The 11th biggest grossing film of 2013.
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Like the previous movie, this one also contains a reference to Nurse Chapel of the original series (played by Majel Barrett) - interestingly, this callback breaks continuity with Star Trek as in that movie McCoy is heard addressing a "Nurse Chapel" (who replies from off screen), whereas in this one we get the impression that Christine Chapel became a nurse following an encounter with Kirk in the interim between the two movies (since Kirk and Uhura did not know each other before Star Trek (2009), the reference to a common acquaintance is unlikely to refer to someone from before that point in time).
The James Bond film Skyfall (2012) is considered a possible major influence behind the film and its plot. The plot does bare some similarities with Skyfall. Section 31 installation is London in destroyed. Starfleet Headquarters is attacked by John Harrison. John Harrison is a Starfleet operative gone renegade. Kirk cries when Admiral Pike is killed. Kirk and the Enterprise crew are sent to hunt down John Harrison and when Kirk and Spock confront the captured John Harrison, he reveals that his real name is Khan Noonien Singh and that he seeks revenge upon Admiral Marcus.
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There are a number of bar code scanners incorporated into design of various stations manned by the Enterprise crew. All scanners have the red reflective glass in upper section. Most noticeable are two white-beige scanners between Sulu's and Chekov's stations on the bridge, two black ones in the middle of Science Officer 0718's station that is to the right of captain's chair, and one small scanner that looks like a beige pyramid with sphere on top which is located on Chekov's station near the warp drive.
One of San Francisco's signature cable cars is visible in a shot of the city.
This is Scott Lawrence's second "Star Trek" appearance; he previously guest starred in Star Trek: Voyager: The Void (2001) as Captain Garon of the Nygeans.
Peter Weller previously starred in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), along with former Trek villain Christopher Lloyd; and in RoboCop (1987) alongside fellow Trek veterans Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer.
At 10 mins. 19 secs., a view of the London (UK) skyline in 2259. The cluttered view of skyscrapers is not at all unrealistic. At the time of writing (2016), there are 70 new skyscrapers being built in London, with another 200 at the planning/proposal stage.
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There are a few actors and actresses from comic book movies in this film: Zoe Saldana plays Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)), Karl Urban played Judge Dredd (Dredd (2012)) Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr. Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange (2016)), and Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017).
Heather Langenkamp, Nancy Thompson of the original horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), has an unrecognizable yet small role as an alien crew member of the Enterprise.
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Sophia Myles whom was considered for Carol Marcus, which Alice Eve was cast, bares an almost physical resemblance to actress Bibi Besch whom played Carol Marcus in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
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Sophia Myles was considered for the role of Carol Marcus.
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Two stars of the television series Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) have small roles in the film. Cynthia Addai-Robinson as a woman witnessing the Vengeance crashing in San Francisco and Nick E. Tarabay as the Klingon who speaks to Uhura.
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The scene which Batman interrogates the Joker in the Gotham Police Department interview room in The Dark Knight (2008) is considered a strong influence behind the scenes which Kirk and Spock interrogates Harrison aka Khan.
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Christopher Doohan: The son of the original Scotty James Doohan, makes a cameo appearance in the film as a Transport Officer alongside the current Scotty Simon Pegg.
Nolan North: Bridge officer aboard the USS Vengeance.

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J.J. Abrams: [Kelvin] The building blown up early on in the movie is the Kelvin Memorial Archive.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Near the film's ending, when Khan sent the USS Vengeance on a collision course with San Francisco, she crushes Alcatraz on her way towards the city. According to director J.J. Abrams, this was a sly nod to the fact that the series Alcatraz (2012) (which he executive produced) was cancelled after only one season.
At one hour, 17 mins. and 18 secs. When the Vengeance fires on the Enterprise when they are both at warp, one can fleetingly see an R2-D2 being sucked out into space along with various debris, tools, and Enterprise crewmen.
Despite being in several major battles, the Enterprise does not fire weapons at any point in the film.
Leonard Nimoy makes his eighth appearance as Spock in the "Star Trek" film series. That breaks the record held by William Shatner, James Doohan, Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett for most appearances in the film series.
In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Spock sacrifices his life to restore the Enterprise's warp drive and dies of radiation poisoning as Kirk watches from outside. In this film, the roles are reversed and Kirk gives his life to restore the warp drive as Spock looks on. Spock's subsequent line, "KHAAAAAN!" was spoken by Kirk in the original but in a different context in a different part of the story.
The collection of models on Admiral Marcus' (Peter Weller) desk resembles the gallery of old ships named "Enterprise" as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). The ships and aircraft, all class-pathfinders, that can be seen are:
  • The "Wright Flyer" (1903) First craft to achieve controlled, heavier-than-air flight.

  • The "Spirit of St. Louis", in which Charles A. Lindbergh became the first man to fly a solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris.

  • V2

  • X-15

  • A Gemini Capsule, from which the first American Spacewalks occurred.

  • A Soyuz Spacecraft, the mainstay Russian Space Agency spacecraft.

  • the NASA space shuttle "Enterprise" (which actually exists)

  • the "XCV 330 USS Enterprise" (the ship with the rings around its hull)

  • Zefram Cochrane's warp ship, the Phoenix, from Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

  • the Enterprise NX-01 from the television series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)

  • and the USS Vengeance, foreshadowing its appearance and Marcus' villainy.

Writer Damon Lindelof apologized on Twitter for the seemingly gratuitous and much criticized scene where Alice Eve strips down to her underwear. J.J. Abrams would counter the criticism later when he appeared on Conan O'Brien's talk show and premiered a deleted scene featuring Benedict Cumberbatch showering. For her part, Eve later stated that she didn't feel exploited by the inclusion of her strip scene.
Khan and Spock's climactic battle on a hovering garbage cruiser was shot over a period of four days. Much of the cruiser was actually made of rubber, due to the extreme physical nature of the fight between the two characters.
The scene which Khan is put back into suspended animation was written, as a possibility, that Khan, with Benedict Cumberbatch returning in the role, may return in a future installment.
When Kirk recovers from radiation poisoning and returns to the bridge Sulu offers him back his captain's chair and says "'Captain' does have a nice ring to it." In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Sulu is indeed the Captain of his own starship, the USS Excelsior.
This is Peter Weller's second "Star Trek" appearance; he previously guest starred in Star Trek: Enterprise: Demons (2005) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Terra Prime (2005) as John Frederick Paxton. In both appearances, he plays villains.
After watching the Enterprise emerge from the sea and take off into space at the beginning of the movie, one of the Nibiru tribesmen draws an outline of the ship in the sand. According to Zecharia Sitchin book "The 12th Planet" extraterrestrials from the planet Nibiru were the true origin of Babylonian religion, art and mythology.
Two of J.J. Abrams' children appear in the film during the scene when Khan crashes the Vengeance into San Francisco. His son Henry appears as a member of the crowd that first notices the ship crashing down (he is directly behind the woman in front). Abrams' daughter Gracie appears as a Starfleet cadet a few moments later in another shot.
According to writer Damon Lindelof, the story began with deciding whether Khan Noonien Singh would be the villain, and they weighed the pros and cons of him appearing. J.J. Abrams felt it would "be fun to hear what Alex and Bob are thinking about Khan. The fun of this timeline is arguing that different stories, with the same characters, could be equally if not more compelling than what's been told before. Certain people are destined to cross paths and come together, and Khan is out there... even if he doesn't have the same issues.".
Khan's full name Khan Noonien Singh is only used once throughout the entire film, when Spock Prime mentions his encounter with him in Star Trek: Space Seed (1967) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
The time period between Star Trek (2009) and this film is covered by a comic book series published by IDW. The stories have all been retellings of episodes from the original series, but placed into the new timeline and circumstances created by the events of the first film. Two of those stories concerned the crew's encounter with Tribbles and their encounter with Harcourt Mudd--or in the new timeline, his daughter. Both of these stories were not only told in the original series, but were revisited in the animated series. Both stories are also references here (the "Mudd Incident" and the Tribbles in Dr. McCoy's medical bay), this foreshadowing that this film would also revisit a story from the original series: Khan. In Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966), Mudd originally uses a false identity, just as Khan does here.
Khan's crew is hidden in torpedoes. In the ending of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Spock's body is placed in a torpedo.
When Carol Marcus boards the Enterprise, she gives her name as Wallace. In an early draft of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), the character of Janet Wallace was going to be used before they decided to create a new character: Carol Marcus. Janet Wallace first appeared in Star Trek: The Deadly Years (1967).
Several changes to the Enterprise's design are visible after it is rechristened. The impulse engines at the aft of the saucer section are much wider, and the warp engine nacelles have been slightly modified.
This is the first "Bad Admiral" story to feature the original crew of the Enterprise. Previously, stories about corrupt Starfleet Admirals were frequently featured on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
John Harrison gives Kirk the space coordinates 23-17-46-11, which are revealed to be the coordinates orbiting one of the moons of Jupiter.
The first torpedo to explode is 0666.

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