J.J. Abrams has always been secretive about his projects, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t promote or talk about them. In the case of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Abrams has provided a few choice tidbits about the upcoming sequel, as well as heaped praise on new villain Benedict Cumberbatch:
“I just can’t wait for people to see the movie,” says Abrams. “Benedict is unbelievable. It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise – that cast – is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts.
“So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done.”
As for the things that people can expect from Star Trek: Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams promises one thing, scale.
“It’s a far bigger movie,” says Abrams. “What I’m still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, having come from television. A lot of that is about keeping all that stuff in frame and understanding composition.
“There were things I wish I had done on the first movie, that I got a chance to do this time. There were shots I wished I’d gotten, that I never got a chance to get, so it was fun to get that chance this time. But, there are no gimmicky things that I’m aware of, that I’m imposing or forcing down an audience’s throat.”