What villain is Benedict Cumberbatch playing in the sequel to “Star Trek“? That’s a good question that no one involved with the upcoming J.J. Abrams movie is going to answer. But even though we don’t know who Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise are going to be going up against, we do know that the villain will play a pivotal role in the movie.
Alex Kurtzman recently chatted with IAmRogue and teased that “Star Trek 2” will focus more on its villain than its predecessor “Star Trek” did.
“Sequels are about the bad guy. The first movie is really about the first characters coming together, and how they become the bridge crew,” Kurtzman said. “In the second movie, the reason that a bad guy is so important is that he has to test that.”
Kurtzman’s writing partner, Roberto Orci, also added his two cents by denying the Gary Mitchell talk started by Karl Urban last week. “I would say that I never lie,” he told TrekMovie.com. “While Karl tests all those hypo spray props on himself.”
We keep calling this film “Star Trek 2,” but really it doesn’t have a title, and the one it does end up with definitely won’t be that. When Damon Lindelof joined MTV News on our Saturday Comic-Con livestream, he said that finding the perfect title for the movie has been incredibly difficult for the team.
“There have been more conversations about what we’re going to call it than went into actually shooting it at this point,” he said, adding that it can’t be “Star Trek 2” because that’s what “Wrath of Khan” is technically called. “That was the genius of Nolan. There was ’Batman Begins,’ and now they’re just going to be the ’Dark Knights’ and not going to have 2’s. It’s hard to do movies without colons.”
He added, “There’s no word that comes after the colon after ’Star Trek’ that’s cool. Not that ’Star Trek: Insurrection’ or ’First Contact’ aren’t good titles, it’s just that everything that people are turned off about when it comes to ’Trek’ is represented by the colon.”
So what’s his dream title for the movie? “Star Trek: Transformers 4,” because it’s “technically available.” We wonder what Michael Bay would have to say about that.
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