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Star Trek 3 heading to deep space

Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci has spilled the beans about what fans can expect from the movie.

The filmmaker - who is stepping up to direct after co-writing the first two movies, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness - has said the action in the sequel will take place in "deep space" rather than on Earth or near Earth, like much of the previous films, reported Badass Digest.

He said during a Humans From Earth podcast: "In [Star Trek Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started.

"The first two films - especially the 2009 [Star Trek] - was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren't the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.

"So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters than you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."

JJ Abrams' Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness starred Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.

The third film is expected to be released in 2016.

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