The Star Trek franchise has a lot on its plate as of late, with many new shows looking to get into production and other existing shows aiming to film more seasons. The uncertainty of COVID-19 and the risk of production shutdowns have put the industry at large on alert for production shutdowns and left some dates for when shows will start filming up in the air. With that said, there's a lot of evidence to suggest Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will actually kick off production this week.
The news comes not from CBS but Toronto's city website on upcoming productions happening in the city. A project titled Star Trek is scheduled to begin filming Thursday, February 18th, and will continue to do so until Friday, July 30th. Of course, some may be skeptical given there's no official word, but a recent post from Spock actor Ethan Peck, who's currently in Toronto, has some fans optimistic and excited:
Ethan Peck geotagged the picture in Toronto and, when a fan asked if he was there to film Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, he replied with a winking emoji. Curiously enough, it seems like Rebecca Romijn was also in Toronto recently, though she didn't spill the beans on her post as Peck did:
No mention of her being in Toronto, but it looks like that tall space needle-esque building behind her is Toronto's CN Tower. Both actors' arrivals seem to sync up with the production start date listed on the Toronto website, so all signs would point to an official announcement about production rather soon.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is one of Star Trek's most anticipated shows to date, as it takes place during the classic era of the original series and will star Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Ethan Peck as Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. The series is touted to be more episodic than the more modern Trek shows, perhaps as a way to loop in classic fans who feel scorned by the new serialized format of shows like Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.
If the Toronto website's production dates are accurate and no delays halt production along the way, it looks like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds could be looking at a late-2021 release, but more realistically 2022. While it's possible the production got a head start if it kept the sets from the Enterprise used in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, there's definitely a healthy amount of post-production needed for effects in episodes that will undoubtedly take some time after production wraps. For that reason, I wouldn't imagine we'll see the series arrive in 2021, but I'd love to be wrong and surprised.
All the new Star Trek shows are out of season right now, so now would be as good a time as any to catch up on ones you haven't seen on CBS All Access. CInemaBlend will stay on top of what's going on in the franchise in the meantime, like the current rumor that Scott Bakula could return as Captain Archer.