Official 'Nemesis' Synopsis ReleasedBy Caillan
December 13, 2001 - 4:21 PM
With shooting on 'Star Trek: Nemesis' now well underway, Paramount Pictures this week released official plot details for the film.
The synopsis confirmed many rumoured story elements, including the marriage of Will Riker and Deanna Troi, and Captain Picard's "personal nemesis."
"On their way to celebrate the wedding of First Officer Will Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew are suddenly diverted for an unexpected diplomatic mission to the planet Romulus," said a Paramount press release (via Cinescape).
"Longtime enemies of the Federation, the Romulans have expressed their desire to initiate negotiations that will hopefully lead to a long-awaited unity in the galaxy. But upon their arrival on Romulus, the Enterprise crew is faced with a threat that could lead to the destruction of the planet Earth, and Picard comes face to face with a man who may prove to be his most dangerous adversary yet - and a surprisingly personal nemesis."
This last comment is no doubt a reference to Shinzon, the film's main villain. Played by British actor Tom Hardy, Shinzon is rumoured to be a clone of Picard, created 25 years ago by a Romulan general to replace the captain (story). Apparently, one of Shinzon's dreams is to reunify the twin planets of Romulus and Remus, take back the Neutral Zone and to go to war with the Federation.
Hardy recently provided his own take on Shinzon's character (story). "He's like a clone," the actor said. "It's kind of 'The Prince and the Pauper'. It's what happens when you put the same person through a different course of life."
Principal photography commenced in November under the guidance of director Stuart Baird, with filming expected to be completed in March 2002. The movie is currently scheduled for release late next year.
'Nemesis' was written by Gladiator scribe John Logan from a story by Logan, Rick Berman and Brent Spiner (Data).
The original report can be found here at Cinescape.