Things are apparently moving forward quickly with Star Trek XI -- IESB.net is reporting that at the L.A. junket for Transformers, screenwriter Roberto Orcitold the roundtablers to expect some major announcements (presumably about casting) at this year's ComicCon. He said the casting process is going on right now, and that some significant decisions are going to be made soon. He also told the journalists that the film is scheduled to begin shooting in November. Up to now, there has been nothing more than educated (and uneducated) guesses about who could possibly lead this thing. Names that have been bandied about include Matt Damon, Gary Sinise, Jennifer Garner and James McAvoy, but nothing solid has developed.
The only credible info we have on the project is that it's being produced and directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Orci and Alex Kurtzman and will feature a storyline that revolves around the early days of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock. We also know that it's going to be less geared toward traditional Star Trek fans than the previous film series and more towards a general, 'non-Trekker' audience. Paramount apparently has no qualms about this, given the lackluster box-office for the recent Star Trek films. The film has a tentative release date of Christmas Day, 2008. Finally, there's also been a persistent rumor that the title they want to go with is, simply, Star Trek.