J.J. Abrams talks Star Trek Into Darkness

Praises Benedict Cumberbatch

J.J. Abrams has shared a few more tidbits concerning forthcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, singling Benedict Cumberbatch out for particular praise, without giving anything more away about his character.

“I just can’t wait for people to see the movie,” says Abrams. “Benedict is unbelievable. It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise - that cast - is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts.

“So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done.”

Praise indeed. So what else can audiences expect from Abrams’ second bite of the cherry? Well from the sounds of things, the answer to that is scale.

“It’s a far bigger movie,” says Abrams. “What I’m still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, having come from television. A lot of that is about keeping all that stuff in frame and understanding composition.

“There were things I wish I had done on the first movie, that I got a chance to do this time. There were shots I wished I’d gotten, that I never got a chance to get, so it was fun to get that chance this time. But, there are no gimmicky things that I’m aware of, that I’m imposing or forcing down an audience’s throat.”

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in the UK on 17 May 2013.

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