J.J. Abrams has kept things so air-tight on Star Trek 2 (including the official title) that fans have been left with little to do beyond carrying on with occasionally-heated debates about the merits of (or lack thereof) its predecessor – not to mention, continued a guessing about who Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is playing.
What we do know for certain is that returning screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci spent upwards of a year perfecting the story for Star Trek 2, so the reboot sequel can meet and/or exceed expectations. The pair collaborated on the script with Damon Lindelof; that’s either a good or bad thing, depending on which side of the Prometheus debate you fall on.
The Star Trek 2 cast and crew has been united in their efforts to shoot down the Khan rumors; later on, in regards to the possibility of Gary Mitchell as the bad guy, Karl Urban (jokingly?) said “yes” while Orci said “no.” Dedicated Trekkies were quick to shoot down the Mitchell rumors, as he has already been featured in the Star Trek tie-in comics. However, Khan has been rumored, denied, and rumored again far too many times to keep track.
At this point, it’s difficult to say who’s more tired of the process: the Trek fanbase or the persistently-questioned cast. Cumberbatch said as much during a recent interview with Short List, when asked about his role in the Trek sequel:
“Yep, it’s yet another thing I can’t talk about [laughs]. I’ll tell you this, it’s iconic and it’s exciting. I’m bored of denying that it’s Khan now, because people keep saying it.”
Perhaps the anxiety over the new Star Trek villain can be attributed to the first film – which featured a baddie in the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana), who arguably does not stack up well against the Trek villains of yore. Hence, fans have reason to be nervous about whether or not that aspect will be improved in the followup.
Other than the above-mentioned villain worries, fans of Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise have little reason to not be excited about the sequel. To be fair, though, that is partly because nothing in the way of concrete information or details have been revealed (much less a trailer or teaser footage).
Cumberbatch likewise has yet to divulge any Star Trek 2 secrets; though, he did offer the following PR-friendly, but still enthusiastic, assurance:
“[It's] really, really good fun. It’s a great part and it’s really well written. I enjoyed the fights and the stunts, there’s lots of that and it really is proper action movie territory… [It's] the stuff of dreams. I know it’s such a well-trodden, clichéd path, ‘Brit actor plays baddie in Hollywood’, but I channelled all of that and just really enjoyed it.”
It’s encouraging to know an actor of Cumberbatch’s caliber is duking it out with the Enterprise crew in the Trek sequel. That’s reason enough to remain excited, as far as this writer is concerned.
Star Trek 2 flies into theaters on May 17th, 2013.