For all of you Trekkies who found your sci-fi faith restored with JJ Abrams take on the classic Gene Roddenberry property, we’ve got some good news for you. It’s no secret that a Star Trek sequel is on the horizon, it’s just a matter of when it will begin production and when it will actually hit theaters. Thanks to one of the film’s co-stars we finally have the answer to both those questions.

Lt. Uhura herself Zoe Saldana recently spoke to the folks over at MTV about the next Star Trek film and she let us in on a little scoop.

“I spoke to J.J. and Bryan Burk, his producing partner at Bad Robot, and they are still in the middle of building the script with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and we’ll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year.”

This means that the script and a lot of the early work has to be finalized before anyone steps onto a set. If the movie starts pre-production in December of 2010, that means that filming will begin sometime in 2011, which means a theatrical release for 2012. Did you follow all that? This translates to 3 years until we see the revised Trek gang in a new adventure that may consist of the rumored “wrath of Khan.”

Only time will tell what the plot will actually be about, but you can gain comfort in knowing that the majority of fans and insiders expect a Khan resurgence of some sort. The big question is whether or not we’ll hear Chris Pine shout those famous words, “Khan! Khan! Khan!”

Are you looking forward to the Star Trek sequel? Do you think 3 years is too long or too soon for the next film?