A previous update on the sequel indicated that Abrams was eyeing Hawaii as a possible location for a jungle planet. The location shoot part at least has been confirmed by the Honolulu Advertiser who have added a few more details to the story directly from Honolulu Film Commissioner Walea Constantinau. JJ Abrams previously shot Lost in Hawaii and sequel writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's series Hawaii Five-0 currently films there so things are definitely in the state's favor.
the fate of Hawaii's role in the untitled "Star Trek" sequel is anything but clear. Production scouts visited Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island in late summer, Constantinau said. The production team's visit, like the rest of the picture, was cloaked in secrecy. Of course, that meant the local film industry was abuzz. "The filmmakers were interested in shooting here," Constantinau said. "It was at a very early stage. They are not ready. It is still in development. Everybody got all excited about something that is exploratory."The last update comes from a brief interview with Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in the movies. He comments that he currently has not seen a draft of the script but figures will get a chance soon. He also mentioned that his research will involve re-watching the old Star Trek series and movies along with reviewing his own performance in the last film. Last he commented on the rumor of Benicio Del Toro join the cast as a villain saying "I think I’ll probably know when I get to work and he’s either there or not. "Just the thought of him being in the film is very exciting." It seems JJ Abrams love of keeping his movies secret extends to his cast.