It's been nearly four years since J.J. Abrams wowed critics, sci-fans and casual moviegoers alike with his reboot of the Star Trek franchise. With Star Trek 2 set to hit theaters in summer 2013, it's only a matter of time before audiences start getting a sense of the scope and scale of the sequel.
Everyone from Chris Pine to Karl Urban to the film's villain, Benedict Cumberbatch, have chimed in to tease this secretive project, each revealing a detail from the production that is a bit more tantalizing than the last - but none have delivered anything all that revelatory. Now it's Zachary Quinto's turn to do his due diligence and prepare audiences for the big-budget blockbuster.
Speaking with The Wrap, Quinto doesn't say too much about Star Trek 2, but he does reveal the sequel is "bigger" and "bolder" than the first film. Coming from the actor – who admits the first Star Trek was pretty big and bold in its own right – that appears to be high praise.
Quinto fails to say anything in regards to his turn as Spock in the sequel, nor does he confirm any of the plot rumors that have been circulating in regards to various plotlines and new characters. The actor did confirm his scenes in Star Trek 2 have all been shot, and says it's only a matter of promoting the film now. Quinto will also be reuniting with Glee creator Ryan Murphy for American Horror Story season 2, albeit as a completely different character.
As with any highly-anticipated sequel, there's the hope that the cast and crew will expand on the ideas explored in their first film and deliver a - to use Quinto's words - 'bigger and bolder' film. Obviously, after the success of the first Star Trek, Paramount has gifted J.J. Abrams with a bigger budget to work with – something he had previously spoken against – which should, on paper, make for more exciting action set pieces.
But don't expect a darker film this time around - this isn't going to be Star Trek as inspired by Christopher Nolan's Batman, according to Chris Pine:
"We're not making Batman. That's not our deal…there's comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there's some serious issues being dealt with. And I'd say the threat is even greater in this one."
"The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It's relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you'd never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It's a really big story - I can't hype it enough!"
This quote from Pine bleeds back into Cumberbatch's claim about his villain being "iconic" and "exciting," but still doesn't confirm who that villain is. It's only a matter of time before we discover if the rumors of Khan (or even Gary Mitchell) are true, but for now it's still a mystery.
As far as the Batman comment is concerned, this is likely an attempt by Pine to present Stark Trek 2 as exactly what it is: a big-budget sci-fi action film intended for a wide range of audiences. Additionally, the comment could be interpreted as a response to writer Damon Lindelof's comparison of the film to The Dark Knight.
All in all, we continue to get a lot of glowing words from the cast and crew without much in the way of solid evidence to support their claims. While there's no doubt Abrams and Co. are looking to deliver a more bombastic version of Gene Roddenberry's universe, there's also some high expectations they need to weather, as well.
Hopefully before the year is up Paramount releases a teaser trailer that helps give audiences a better sense of where this sequel is headed.
Star Trek 2 will be out in theaters on May 17, 2013.