The last time we were able to check in on “Star Trek 2,” it was with the film’s big baddie Benedict Cumberbatch who contrary to his mysterious villainous character, has quickly become a favorite among the film’s cast members.
When we caught up with the sequel’s co-writer/producer Alex Kurtzman recently to discuss his upcoming directorial debut “People Like Us,” we of course had to bring up the subject of Cumberbatch with him to see if the glowing reviews we’ve heard continue to be true.
“He’s incredible,” Kurtzman said. “What he does with language is incredible. His training is amazing and he’s so magnetic, he holds the screen in any size frame, he really is a joy to watch.”
“The movie is going unbelievably well,” he added. “J.J. as usual is crushing it, he’s doing an amazing amazing job. I think as much as we put all of our love and effort into the first one, there’s even more in this one and he is really, he’s such an exacting and beautiful director. What I watch him do, it’s so amazing, he inspires everybody around him and he’s been so utterly true to everything that we all have honored and loved about Trek so that’s kind of where we’re at right now. The finish line is in sight.”
When asked if there’s a proper way to sum up the storyline in the sequel, in comparison to the very well-executed exposition that dominated the first film, Kurtzman said that we’ll still see some conflict held over from the first movie with regard to the crew coming together.
“Without spoiling anything, the challenge is that you don’t want to jump too far ahead and assume that just because they got together they’re all comfortable with each other,” he said. “They’re still all working out their kinks and still becoming the bridge crew that we remember from the series. That’s still very much alive and look, any good sequel is about the challenge that the group faces in order to become the unified team and I think that that challenge in this movie is going to be hopefully amazing.”
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