New ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Images; J.J. Abrams and Cast Discuss the Sequel

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Star Trek fans have big questions weighing on their minds right now. Some concern this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness – namely, what’s the real identity of the film’s central antagonist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) - while others involve the future, as J.J. Abrams is only producing the next installment so to allow him to focus on directing Star Wars: Episode VII instead.

Answers are coming, but won’t be arriving for a while now. In the meantime, we have newly-released magazine covers and images from the rebooted Trek sequel, in addition to thoughts from the cast and crew about what to expect from one of the most anticipated films of the year (and the “nerve-wracking” experience of putting the followup together).

Star Trek Into Darkness follows Enterprise Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew on a dangerous manhunt in order to capture a “one man weapon of mass destruction” (Cumberbatch) responsible for wreaking havoc on Starfleet and Earth; not to mention, causing the mayhem glimpsed throughout marketing footage.

Co-writer Alex Kurtzman describes Harrison to EW as a “member of Starfleet who turns on Starfleet”; though, judging by evidence that suggests he joins forces with certain classic Trek baddies - and images that point to the character using the increasingly-popular “Getting caught as part of the plan” trick - it seems that Harrison may well be a wronged man who’s turned to insanity and vengeance (a la Loki in The Avengers and Silva in Skyfall).

Case in point: check out Harrison being escorted by Starfleet personnel like-a-Loki, in addition to other new stills and behind the scenes photos from Star Trek Into Darkness (plus, EW‘s new Trek edition covers):

In addition, here’s what Pine told EW about the process of working with Abrams, Kurtzman and co-producers/screenwriters Roberto Orci (Fringe) and Damon Lindelof (Lost):

”The exciting thing is there’s a possibility for change at any moment. Because of [the producers'] background in TV, there’s a possibility of changing story, dialogue, character points, action beats — these are all up for review at all times. Nothing is sacrosanct, no one is safe. You have to walk in and be really nimble.”

Abrams likewise chimed in about the different filmmaking experience:

“I would say all of the actors, uh, have more ­opinions this time. [Laughs] The first time they were all kind of trusting of me and of the ­process. They hadn’t proven to themselves that they could play these characters. Now they’ve been these characters, and they’ve been told — by me and by many others — that they are loved as these characters. So they came to the table with ­attitudes and opinions that in most cases were entirely valid and hugely important. And all of them are crazy-smart.”

For more, pick up the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly.


Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Nazneen Contractor, Noel Clarke and Joseph Gatt.

Look for Star Trek Into Darkness in theaters (2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.


Source: EW

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  1. why are they no wearing glitter suits?………

    • The Military, no matter what era, is insane about changing up the uniform style and codes. I think it’s just Generals and Admirals with nothing better to do, trying to justify their jobs. In the 8 years I was in the Navy, the women went through no less than 3 different hat (called ‘cover’) changes, and we all went through several uniform requirement changes. Makes sense that this would continue into the far future, as the military (and the Navy specifically, which Starfleet is based on) is nothing if not consistent.

  2. poor red shirts :D

    • Did I mention they’re all two days away from retirement? ;-)

  3. This looks and sounds totally kick-ass!!! I can’t wait!!

  4. That red shirts photo reminds me of Loki walking with shield guards in The Avengers.

    • except we pretty much know these guys fates!

  5. I’m telling you guys, this guy is either a product of, John Frederick Paxton, or has something to do with John Frederick Paxton. This story all points to Terra Prime and Cold Station 12.

  6. I am excited for this movie! I think all the actors did amazing jobs in the last one (except Spock) and hope they continue to do better.

  7. Uhm…STARK Trek???

    Has RDJ replaced Chris Pine as the Enterprise Captain?

    Does the new Captain have an affinity for wearing metal outfits?

    • Yikes, no idea how I missed that.

      It’s been fixed.

      • It’s all about the Stark. Fix it back to how it was.

    • Stark in an enterprise themed suit of armor would be kinda cool, not gonna lie lol

  8. We are The Red shirts

    We Give our lives so the big guys can live on!
    We Will Walk into the path of a phaser blast, or ge
    Or We Will get bat’leth in our ass!
    We are The Red shirts

    We will walk off a cliff while everyone looks at us die
    We will never b****, moan or even cry.
    We Will Scream like little girls because its our duty
    to save Uhura’s Booty!

    We are The Red shirts
    We are The Red shirts

    When the halls are really dim…we give McCoy a chance to say “Hes Dead Jim!”

    We Multiply so we can be cannon fodder and die! We are not very smart.
    From the order we go, we go in fast and take the poison dart!
    We Are Never known, we know we mostly die alone!
    We tell our parents we are red shirt…Mom says, “Oh Crap he is going to be dirt!”

    We are The Red shirts

  9. I see a LOT of ‘red shirts’. LOL

  10. So here is the deal. I have no doubt that John Harrison is an alias for the bad guy but it isn’t Gary Mitchell nor is it Khan. It is Robert April. I have been saying this for 2 years. 8 months or so after the last film ended. The studio re-upped Bruce Greenwood’s contract, he was one of a few actors in the first movie that was not signed for multiple films. Greenwood mentioned later on in an interview that he was told we would get some more Pike backstory in the next movie and it would allude to Robert April. I said from then on that April would be used as villain of sorts for the next movie. It makes since too. There is a great joBlo article that expands on this idea (they did their homework). I foresee a backstory in the film that has a younger Spock, presumably still in Starfleet and not a Grad Student like when we meet him in the first film. He, Pike and April are on a mission with an older Enterprise ship and something happens to where April disagrees with the Prime Directive. This will somehow send April into douche bag I’m gonna get back at the Federation mode. He fakes his death and Pike, Spock and others are meant to believe he is dead, thus John Harrison is born and the plan begins to get back at the Federation. April turns himself into a Terrorist, weapon and bam the rest of the movie is pretty straight forward from there. The line during the Super Bowl trailer I think gives it away. “I’m better!” “at what?” “Everything!” that is Harrison telling Kirk he is a better Captain than he will ever be. The other trailer with Pike’s voice-over educating Kirk about getting his crew killed, is his way of dealing with the April mistake in the backstory.

    If I’m wrong then I am wrong but this is not Khan, I can’t believe this creative team would go all out of their way to recreate Khan this way. Khan only worked in the previous canon because he was introduced in the original series and re-appeared in the film in a far more menacing. There is a build there that worked over time. Khan couldn’t work the same way if he just shows up in a new movie.

    Can’t wait to see this film.

    • Kevin: if you’re reading the comic book prequel to the movie then your theory sounds plausible.

  11. i gotta say this real quick and it has nothing to do with the article but
    i for one am getting a little tired of the pouty lip look of chris pine. I mean dude seriously, how about a little more manly expression or something.

  12. Thank god someone finally agrees it’s Robert April

  13. Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #1 (comic book) is on sale now. Issue #2 goes on sale Feb. 20. Published by IDW Comics. They also published the prequel story for Abrams’ first Star Trek movie which I found very enjoyable. LLAP

  14. I bet Star Trek 3 will be the big refit of Enterprise