We have a long wait ahead of us before J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel hits theaters, but in recent weeks, the agony of the film's 2013 release has been made less so with the news that Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the film as its chief villain.
Although Cumberbatch is relatively new to audiences, via "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse" this year, he's a well-known actor in the U.K. and already has legions of fans. One of those fans is "Trek" co-star Alice Eve, who worked with Cumberbatch a few years back in the well-received British comedy "Starter for 10."
MTV News recently caught up with Eve, one of our Ones to Watch in 2012, and asked her thoughts on reuniting with Cumberbatch for "Trek 2."
"I'm very excited to work with him again. He's so very funny, Ben," she said. "I don't know if you remember his character in 'Starter for 10,' but he was so funny. Like King of the Geeks, but he did it so well, and I found a lot of that hard to get through because he was so funny. I like him very much."
Eve went on to say that she's very much looking forward to getting to work on "Trek 2," particularly because of the camaraderie among the cast.
"It's similar to 'Starter for 10,' from my point of view, in that there is a group of young actors who have a team spirit, which is always so revivifying to be a part of," she said. "When there's a group of people who you can spend time with and work with and get to know, a real good experience, it's kind of like going back to university or something, when everyone has got the same objective. There's a lot of energy, and it's a nice thing to be a part of that group. That's the thing that excites me most about it. Obviously, there is a huge legacy there with 'Star Trek' and the fanatics, so hopefully they'll be satisfied."
The "Raven" and "Men in Black 3" star didn't reveal any details about her character, only agreeing with us when we mentioned the fact that director J.J. Abrams likes to feature strong women in his films. Eve said she feels fortunate to be a part of the film.
"I feel incredibly lucky. I would say it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's not once-in-a-lifetime, but it is rare. It's one of life's great pleasures to enjoy the group you work with, because we all know what it's like when you don't."
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