'Star Trek Into Darkness' explores bigger action, bold character development

The sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 “Trek” reboot has kept fans guessing about possible secret identities for its villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 16, 2013 at 12:13 am •  Published: May 17, 2013

“Star Trek Into Darkness” reunites Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Plus, Bruce Greenwood returns as Adm. Christopher Pike, Leonard Nimoy reprises his legendary role as Spock Prime, and Peter Weller (“RoboCop”) enters the “Trek” universe as the hawkish Adm. Marcus.

Benedict Cumberbatch (the BBC series “Sherlock”) joins the sequel as the mysterious baddie going by the vague moniker John Harrison.

About the movie

“Into Darkness” has a timely terrorism storyline: The Enterprise is summoned back to Earth after Harrison commits a deadly terrorist act, but Kirk strikes out on his own manhunt to capture Cumberbatch's weapon of mass destruction.

For months, the filmmakers have kept Trekkers guessing at whether Cumberbatch was covertly taking on the famed role of Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically engineered superhuman Ricardo Montalban played in the initial TV series and film “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan”; the part of lesser-known villain Gary Mitchell, an old friend of Kirk's who battled him in the original “Trek” episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before”; or an entirely new sinister character.

Some of the overly eager early reviews have revealed the answer, but no spoilers here.

Pine, 32, did reveal that his maverick character's venture “Into Darkness” would leave him a changed captain.

“You'll probably find pieces of that rebellious Kirk in the new installment, but I think really what Kirk's personal adventure is about is learning how to be a captain, learning what it means to be a leader of men and women, learning what it means to be a true, responsible kind of fully realized man in a position of incredible responsibility,” Pine said.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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