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While promoting his upcoming movie People Like Us, Star Trek sequel co-writer producer Alex Kurtzman has also been talking Trek, revealing that crew of USS Enterprise is still on their journey to becoming the bridge crew we knew. He also talks about the ‘magnetic’ performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. Excerpts below
Kurtzman: Enterprise Crew ‘Still Working Out Kinks’ + Cumberbatch Is ‘Magnetic’
Alex Kurtzman is starting the promotion for his directorial debut People Like Us (see first trailer released last week). But since Kurtzman is also a co-writer/producer of the Star Trek sequel, he obviously talks some Trek too. Talking to MovieWeb, Kurtzman offered this update on the progress for the sequel currently in production:
"The movie is going unbelievably well. J.J. as usual is crushing it, he’s doing an amazing amazing job. I think as much as we put all of our love and effort into the first one, there’s even more in this one and he is really, he’s such an exacting and beautiful director. What I watch him do, it’s so amazing, he inspires everybody around him and he’s been so utterly true to everything that we all have honored and loved about Trek so that’s kind of where we’re at right now. The finish line is in sight."
While Kurtzman didn’t reveal any plot spoilers, he did offer a glimpse into the journey that the cast has taken since the last film and where they are in the sequel, noting (via MTV):
"…the challenge is that you don’t want to jump too far ahead and assume that just because they got together they’re all comfortable with each other. They’re still all working out their kinks and still becoming the bridge crew that we remember from the series. That’s still very much alive and look, any good sequel is about the challenge that the group faces in order to become the unified team and I think that that challenge in this movie is going to be hopefully amazing."
Kurtzman says the new bridge crew is still getting to know each other in the Star Trek sequel
Finally, Alex gave this assessment of the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch (who TrekMovie has reported is playing the villain in the film):
"He’s incredible. What he does with language is incredible. His training is amazing and he’s so magnetic, he holds the screen in any size frame, he really is a joy to watch."
Alex Kurtzman’s People Like Us arrives in theater on June 29, 2012. The Star Trek sequel hits the big screen on May 17, 2013.
Kurtzman says Benedict Cumberbatch is ‘magnetic’ in 2013 Star Trek sequel