Benedict Cumberbatch Gives Us More Tantalizingly Vague Details About Star Trek: Into Darkness
When does Star Trek: Into Darknesscome out? May of this year? Okay, I can handle that. If it was going to be any later, this was gonna drive me crazy. Leave it to the director, J.J. Abrams, to keep things so under-wraps that we don't even know who the villain is. We know he's played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and I'm climbing aboard the popular opinion wagon and guessing it'll be Khan, but we really don't know anything and it's so tantalizing!
So anytime a new little nugget of pseudo-information comes out, I've found myself pouncing on it. I know it's not gonna answer any of my big questions, but it does scramble my brain, and that's not necessarily a bad thing at 10am on a Friday morning. Wakes me up. SO. Benedict has done an interview for Empire Magazine with Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus, a well-known Star Trek character who had a relationship with Kirk in the movie Wrath of Khan, and some excerpts have been released online. According to them, it sounds like this movie is going to rely heavily on a Kirk storyline, meaning I'll get ample opportunities to ogle Chris Pine:
Benedict Cumberbatch: The boy – sorry, the man – was so tired carrying that film, I’ve got to say. He’s brilliant in it, I’m really excited to see his performance.
Alice Eve: A lot of us in the film, especially Spock and Bones, serve as Kirk’s alter egos of logic and morality, but I do think in this film, after winning the captaincy in the previous movie, we see him earn it… spiritually, really, and sort of philosophically. Other ways than the practical earning of it.
Benedict Cumberbatch: It’s like he’s the son in the first and the father in the second, almost, don’t you think? Not as an actual father, though, that’s not a storyline at all, but I mean that he’s become a father to his crew
Ha. It's actually probably really good he clarified that, or else all of a sudden the internet would give itself an aneurism speculating on who Kirk is having a baby with. I'm holding out for Spock, just because a combo of Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine would be unfairly cute. And yes, that's how science works.
Benedict also acknowledges the fact that he, and probably everyone associated with the project, is under a lot of pressure to perform, given the fact that the movies have a pre-existing and highly-demanding fan-base, but he's not too worried:
If you have an over preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad. We’ve got J.J. Abrams, and he’s already beautifully cracked that nut in the first film, and I think it pleased a lot of the varying camps: people who were coming to the franchise for the first time, the J.J. Abrams fans and the Star Trek fans, so that was a big comfort to me. It’s always a compact between me and the writers and the directors – the people who are hiring me to do the job – and if I’m making them happy, I can trust that it’ll make fans happy as well…I’m not…overly confident about this, but I’m just saying it’s something you don’t let preoccupy yourself.
How about I'll be the judge of that, Benedict. Just send me an advance screener of the movie and I'll give you my unvarnished opinion because BY GOD I DON'T WANNA WAIT ‘TIL MAY.