TORONTO — Set your phasers to “welcome.” Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are landing in Vancouver this summer to make the third chapter in the rebooted Star Trek movie franchise.
Cameras are scheduled to roll at Vancouver Film Studios and at various locations in B.C. from June 1 to the end of September.
Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6) is directing the still-untitled film, which also has Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and John Cho reprising their roles.
The movie is scheduled to be released in July 2016, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series starring Montreal native William Shatner.
The decision to make Star Trek 3 in Vancouver was revealed last October.
Producer J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot has made TV shows like Almost Human, Fringe and Alcatraz in Vancouver. It recently wrapped production of Showtime pilot Roadies in the city and will shoot Dead People, a pilot for The CW, there from mid-March to early April.
Parts of 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol were also filmed in B.C.
Abrams directed 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, which earned a combined $853 million at the box office worldwide.
A favourable exchange rate, combined with federal tax credits of 16 per cent and provincial tax credits of up to 33 per cent, have made the province a popular location for Hollywood productions.
Production of the new Star Trek movie will pump millions in the B.C. economy and provide work for hundreds of locals.