During last night’s MTV Movie Awards, TrekMovie.com noticed a bit of a surprise hidden in the background of J.J. Abrams’ appearance. On the monitor behind the director of the upcoming (but still untitled) Star Trek sequel, there can be seen a frame depicting an armored Klingon warrior. HitFix is now confirming that the image does, indeed, come from the upcoming film and that the Klingon race will play a part in the sequel.
Despite the reveal, the look of the Klingon costume does not entirely come as a surprise. Abrams included Klingons in a scene from his 2009 film which, though deleted from the final cut, can be seen on the home video release. Because of the visual disparity between the Klingons of the original “Star Trek” and how they appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture on, Abrams’ Klingons are shown wearing metal faceplates that include their forehead ridges, leaving it somewhat ambiguous as to what they really look like underneath.
Even though Klingons will appear in the film, details on their role in the storyline are still minimal, but check back for updates as they become available.
Returning cast members include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Greenwood with new roles for Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. Featuring a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, the film will hit theaters on May 17, 2013.