Chris Pine and Alex Kurtzman have been making the press rounds promoting their flick, People Like Us,  so of course every where they’ve gone they’ve been inundated with questions about Star Trek 2. Particularly by crafty journalists still trying to figure out what kind of villain Benedict Cumberbatch is playing, but there’s also plenty of talk about returning to the Enterprise and what kind of story the sequel’s exploring. Read on, Trekkies.

Pine in an interview with MTV spoke vaguely about Cumberbatch’s role,

[‘Star Trek 2’] is structured so that the antagonist brings out all of the qualities in Kirk that need to happen in order for Kirk to grow. As you know from Benedict, just watching him, vocally, he’s fascinating. He’s got this deep resonate voice. He has a fascinating face. He’s a lovely guy and just super smart. You want to see something firing in his brain, so he’s not just a blood-dripping-from-the-fangs bad guy. Benedict brings those kinds of smarts.

Oh Chris, I know Benedict is going to rock this part, I just wish I had more clues about what kind of a part it is. Is he an alien? Does his character have a past with Kirk or do they meet for the first time in Star Trek 2? Sure, some might think these details can wait until the film, but not for this obsessive fan. Gah! I needz to know.

Pine also spoke to Collider about returning to the bridge of the Enterprise,

The first day going back to work we did all the bridge stuff, and that’s always… Even if you’re not a fan, and I was never a fan of the series… you cannot help but step on that bridge and feel kind of overwhelmed. It’s just the set, [but] you’re like, ‘God, I gotta fly this thing!

Talk about the best play set, ever! Sitting on the bridge, pretending you’re flying a space ship, I would do this for free. Seriously, J.J. Abrams, call me and I’ll be there, no charge.

Finally, Ain’t It Cool has one more quote from Pine, this time comparing the sequel to the first film,

[‘Star Trek 2’] is relentless, and for the visually inclined people who want to see major sequences, there are a couple specifically that I think… I’m not a huge 3-D fan, but I think will be incredible. But what I’m more excited about and what I think they did so well is that really the story is that much better, and the journey that these guys go on is that much more, and what they always talked about is that even though they’re a crew from what we know about the original team, the fun of getting there is following that journey to where they become that tight-knit crew. It’s no fun if they’re already a tight-knit crew. So suffice it to say, they’re still learning how to get along.

I believe fans, myself definitely included, have really high expectations of this sequel. The first film was almost flawless, so y’know, no pressure guys. Do you think a sequel can live up to their first Star Trek film?

Co-writer Kurtzman then expanded on not wanting to re-hash the same crew dynamic we’ve come to expect from The Original Series, saying,

The assumption that we did not want to make was that just because he’s in the chair and they’re on the bridge together that they’re the crew that you remember from the original series. They’re not – the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other. And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.

I’m completely okay with things not following the path set by The Original Series, they are in a separate universe after all. What they’ve mastered already is keeping these characters true to who they were before, but allowing them a chance to grow and evolve a little differently being in new situations. It’s worked fantastically so far, let’s hope it keeps up.

All in all, I’m stoked for Star Trek 2 and will find these eleven and a half months of waiting unbearable. Star Trek 2 releases May 17th, 2013. Will you be there opening day, or maybe a midnight show, to see it?

Source: Screen Rant

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