‘Star Trek’ Star Chris Pine ‘Grateful’ For Benedict Cumberbatch

'Benedict has got this intensity about him,' actor tells MTV News about new 'Trek' villain.

Given the overwhelming success of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” much ado has been made over the sequel, which started production not too long ago. One of the more interesting stories to come out of the flurry of activity surrounding the new film is the casting of rising star Benedict Cumberbatch as the chief villain .

The very busy actor could only express his excitement about the project when MTV News caught up with him at the Golden Globes, but co-star Chris Pine had a little bit more to offer about Cumberbatch’s contributions to the film thus far.

“Benedict is fantastic. He’s just so good,” Pine told MTV about his scenes with the British actor at the premiere of “This Means War.” “He’s super talented, and we are more than grateful to have him onboard.”

When asked about the tone of his scenes with the “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse” actor, Pine gushed about his co-star’s acting skills. “Benedict has got this intensity about him, and he’s obviously extremely intelligent and articulate. His vocal quality is something else. He obviously is, unlike many of us, like, an actually trained actor,” Pine added with a laugh. “He actually studied for it.”

So what are we going to love about Cumberbatch’s performance? And will it be love/hate, since he’s playing a mysterious villain?

“[You'll love] everything. He’s really talented,” Pine said. “I think it’s all going to be love — a mad amount of love.”

Another “Star Trek 2″ actor, Alice Eve, was just as excited about Cumberbatch joining the team, having worked with him previously on “Starter for 10.” “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.”

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