Apparently the new JJ Abrams Star Trek flick is going for linguistic realism. A linguist actually came on set to create a Romulan language, according to Clifton Collins, Jr., who plays an evil Romulan along with Eric Bana in the film. But wait, there's more: Not only did Collins spill the beans about the Romulan conlang but he talked about how the Romulans will look and which old characters might be returning. According to E! Online:
Collins said his and Bana's Romulan look could have been somewhat inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean. "We're space pirates," Collins explained. "Think of Johnny Depp as a Romulan." And get ready for some surprise appearances in the movie. "There is, but I better not say," Collins said of possible big-star cameos. "There are certain things that as kids growing up, whether it's Star Trek or other shows at the time, all you got to do is really just hear their voice and your heart warms." Asked if he was referring to characters and actors from the original television series, Collins simply smiled and said, "Maybe."
I still want to know who that mysterious linguist is who came on set. Could it have been Marc Okrand, we wonder? He's the guy who invented Klingon back in the 1970s, and has spawned a tiny empire of Klingon speakers affiliated with the Klingon Language Institute. A Romulan Speaks! [E! Online]