The man behind Captain James Kirk in J.J. Abrams' latest Star Trek film goes more in depth about his character growth, as well as what makes Benedict Cumberbatch's villain, John Harrison, so dangerous. Get the details after the jump!

In Summer 2013, director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Pine on how this Kirk will differ from the one in the previous film:

I’m different because I am five years older and hopefully a bit more mature and I have had many more experiences since the first film and you can only help that experiences to bear on the character you are portraying at the time. So Kirk is definitely different this time around. The most difficult aspect of this film was firstly the fact that it was a very physical film so the action sequences are very hard and very long. And then I think too, the journey that my character goes through is a very difficult one and very painful to let myself go through those experiences that Kirk goes through during the course of the film.

Pine on what makes Cumberbatch's villain not your typical scenery-chewing bad guy:

Benedict is a great actor and portraying a really complex and layered bad guy in this film. And I think that is what really sets him apart, especially from [2009's Star Trek] where Eric Bana did a great job playing our bad guy Nero. His kind of selling point was he was a really mean, brutal, physical bad guy and Benedict plays a guy who is just as physical and just as strong but who is real weapon is the fact that he is a master manipulator and is able to use the weaknesses of the crew to his advantage and against them. A psychological force to be reckoned with.

Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, and will warp into theaters on May 17th, 2013.

Posted By:
Member Since 1/15/2011
Filed Under "Star Trek" 12/23/2012 Source: Trek Movie
DISCLAIMER: This article was submitted by a volunteer contributor who has agreed to our code of conduct. is protected from liability under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and "safe harbor" provisions. CBM will disable users who knowingly commit plagiarism, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement. Please contact us for expeditious removal of copyrighted/trademarked content. You may also learn more about our copyright and trademark policies HERE.
Bread - 12/23/2012, 8:33 PM
Darkapollo - 12/23/2012, 8:33 PM
TheLurker - 12/23/2012, 8:35 PM
First! I just re-watched the last Star Trek and that has me looking forward to this one even more. Whether Cumberpatch is Gary Mitchell, or Khan, or some conglomerate of the best parts of those two doesn't matter to me so much as long as he owns the role as much as I think he will. May can't get here fast enough
zachman2013 - 12/23/2012, 8:35 PM
5 year time gap? holy flappin dogshit.
TheLurker - 12/23/2012, 8:35 PM
Not first
Kayo - 12/23/2012, 8:40 PM
sounds great!this movie is going to be awesome.
JokerFan21 - 12/23/2012, 8:42 PM
I like it.
themcdougalbugle - 12/23/2012, 9:00 PM
5 years? Holy sh*t, I thought it was only a year.
Maximus101 - 12/23/2012, 9:02 PM
This movie is going to be one of the top movies next year easily.
Reasonnnn - 12/23/2012, 9:37 PM
Kirk will be Sher-Locked.
TheFox - 12/23/2012, 9:55 PM
Uh, guys, I don't think he's saying there's a five-year gap in the movie universe between the first film and the second-- he's saying that it's been five years since they shot the LAST Star Trek movie, and that he (Chris Pine, not James Kirk) has matured as a person (which will ultimately effect how he portrays Kirk).

Don't read too much into it-- it doesn't look like more than a year or two could have passed in-universe.

panther505 - 12/23/2012, 9:55 PM
Funny, I was hoping that the movie would be picking up from the last so we can see the evolution of the characters. I don't mean to say that I'm unhappy with it for despite the inconsistencies with the first movie I did really, really enjoy it.
LP4 - 12/23/2012, 10:10 PM
@TheFox- You are CORRECT good sir! It was confirmed on a week ago that this film picks up exactly ONE year after the the end of the first film- 2009
loki668 - 12/23/2012, 10:19 PM
Hmmmm.....the villain is a master manipulator who takes advantage of every weakness. I wonder how my ex-fiancee made it to the Star Trek universe?

Lord Loki has spoken
Logan5 - 12/24/2012, 1:24 AM
TDKR+biased analysis=JossLoss(anal leakage).
Christuffer - 12/24/2012, 2:07 AM
Punctuation pls.
Grimm - 12/24/2012, 2:30 AM
WTF? did every body all of a sudden start talking jibberish?
Nomis1800 - 12/24/2012, 4:30 AM
NoAssemblyReqd - 12/24/2012, 4:54 AM
Super-psyched for this. Yeah, JJ's TREK is not like old TREK, but so many fans seem to forget that the TOS movie series was similarly derided by hardcore fans for not being just like the TV show.

Please log in to post comments.

Don't have an account?
Please Register.