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Alice Eve Talks Star Trek Into Darkness Script, Director & Co-Star Cumberbatch’s Seriousness December 7, 2012

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We haven’t heard much from Alice Eve, one of Star Trek Into Darkness’s new stars. But in a new red carpet interview she opens up a bit to talk about the script of the film, working with JJ Abrams and why working with Benedict Cumberbatch this time was different than their last collaboration. 

 

Alice Eve Opens Up On Star Trek Script, Director and Co-star Cumberbatch

Speaking to DigitalSpy Star Trek’s new guest star Alice Eve talked a bit about her time in the Final Frontier…

On Alex Kurtzman/Bob Orci/Damon Lindelof script…

"The legacy aside, the reality of the experience was a great pleasure. It was special in every way, because the people who make the movie and are in the movie are all so impressive. The whole script is immaculately written – I read it in one sitting, and I just had the film in my head. It’s that articulate and specific and imaginative."

On director JJ Abrams…

"He’s a very intelligent, talented and determined man. Being around him is inspiring, and he engages you – you want to do your best for him, and tell his story in the way that he wants it told."

On how it was different than her last time working with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch…

"On Starter for 10, the scenes I had with Benedict, I was really incapable of keeping a straight face," Eve admitted. "He was just so funny, so it was a different experience working with him again. Less comedic!"

And here are some photos of Alice from the CDF event.

 

 

Comments

1. George Zip - December 7, 2012

So no spoilers, eh, Alice?

2. Mad Man - December 7, 2012

Dang she’s cute!

Dr. Dehner fo sho!

3. Landru - December 7, 2012

Dr. Dehner

4. The Original Spock's Brain - December 7, 2012

Speechless.

5. Phil - December 7, 2012

nice…

6. Aix - December 7, 2012

She is so pretty! But that scream of hers is the worst part of the trailer (aside from the Inception horns). And watch Starter for 10. Cumby is the resident geek prick there and is really funny.

7. Harry Ballz - December 7, 2012

Classic example of a chick hired for her looks, but she has NO talent.

Shame.

8. Legend of Link - December 7, 2012

What a babe.

9. NuWisdom - December 7, 2012

@7. True. I can think of tons more actresses in Hollywood who, fitting the look, also have much more talent. Would post a list, but most probably wouldn’t agree with me on who I’d have chosen in this actress’s place. Not hating on her though, just feel someone else would have been better. Anyone, in fact. Especially if she’s playing Dr. Dehner or Carol Marcus.

10. sean - December 7, 2012

#7

Have you ever seen her in anything? She’s been quite good in a number of British productions.

11. ricker - December 7, 2012

7 and 9

She’s in the movie, you’re not.. deal with it ;)

12. Harry Ballz - December 7, 2012

10.

Yeah, I’ve seen some of her work including her turn in She’s Out Of My League.

She can’t act worth sh*t!

13. Captain Jack of Izar - December 7, 2012

You know she could be playing Roberta Lincoln, making Cumberbatch the enigmatic Gary Seven

14. John from Cincinnati - December 7, 2012

Gary Seven is not a villain

15. AJ - December 7, 2012

7

Harry…Manners!

16. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 7, 2012

Does Alice Eve have different coloured eyes?

I am sure her acting will be fine in the movie. Also, so what if she does turn out to be Kirk’s girlfriend, as well as being a science or medical officer? That suddenly does not make her some Mary Sue. If she is important to Kirk, then she is important to the movie.

17. saavik001 - December 7, 2012

check her and Simon Pegg in The Big Nothing. She’s good in that.

18. Harry Ballz - December 7, 2012

15.

What, AJ, it’s my fault she can’t act??

Look, anybody can stand in front of a camera and say the lines, but why not cast an actress with great acting chops who will bring that extra “oomph” to the proceedings?

19. MJ - December 7, 2012

OK folks, I was really trying to deliberately not see the trailer and wait unilt I saw the 9-minute IMAX clip next Saturday night, but I couldn’t help myself — I have just watched the English and Japanese versions of the trailer.

My oh my, what a difference this trailer makes. Last week, the vast majority of folks here were dismissing out of hand that it was Khan,and kept promoting a nonsensical Gary Mitchell ressurection-based storyline. Now, with the trailer, even they have to admit that Khan is very much in play; or at least Jochaim and/or a member Khan’s family.

And this trailer definitely takes Mitchell off the table. Mitchell had no family, and the context of BC’s lines in this trailer make absolutely no sense for Mitchell to be saying. Sorry Montreal Paul, DM Duncan and others, but it ain’t going to be Mitchell.

This puts the credibility back in my sails. It feels good — very good.

Khaaaaaaaaaan !!!!!

PS: I rate it at a 75% chance that Alice Eve is playing Carol Marcus.

20. diggin up bones - December 8, 2012

Nurse Chapel looks hot. And Cumberbach makes an excellent Roger Korby android.

21. Aix - December 8, 2012

The name ’Seven’ is a very badass name for a villain. And maybe he is a villain in this universe.

Also, I like how she described the script as ’imaginative’. That is something.

22. Mark Lynch - December 8, 2012

As Joachim was a young man in TWOK, there is no way and I mean no way that Cumby is playing that character… (My apologies for paraphrasing the great Buford T. Justice)

I still say you are completely wrong MJ! :-) But we shall know for sure soon enough.

But as I am not watching the current trailer and indeed I may not be seeing the 9 minute preview now, as it is likely to not be attached to the cinema where I am seeing the Hobbit on the 17th :-(

I may now actually just keep away from any clips of STID and all other spoilers until I go see the entire thing in May and that way be (hopefully) blown away by the surprises and awesomeness of the movie.

There was a TV spot on last night which showed the current trailer, I managed to change channels within the first couple of seconds

Wish me luck with my avoidance.

To the rest of you, enjoy the marketing…

23. Mark Lynch - December 8, 2012

PS to MJ…

I have seen a still of Alice Eve in character, to my eyes she looks a ringer for Elizabeth Dehner. Hairstyle, makeup, blue shirt…

IIRC
Carol Marcus was never enlisted in Starfleet, so she would not be wearing a Starfleet top would she?

Anyway, all will be revealed in May.

Actually starting to get a wee bit tingly about this film now! I like it! it’s exciting!

24. Jim Nightshade - December 8, 2012

So harry….is eve a better pick than say, lois in smallville,or about the same…..hmmm

25. MJ - December 8, 2012

@22 “But as I am not watching the current trailer ”

Well, you should really excuse yourself from this discussion then. That is the whole point of this current discussion — see what we think we learned from the trailer. If you are not even seeing it, then sorry, but your opinion is severely outdated, dude. Your like a voter who didn’t bother watching any of the presidential debates trying to convince me that your candidate is the best choice.

26. Killamarshtrek - December 8, 2012

Carol Marcus was a civilian scientist in TWOK, who’s to say she wasn’t in Starfleet 20 years earlier?

Anthony let slip she was playing Carol on the other thread. He obviously knows more than he’s letting on.

27. -H- - December 8, 2012

#16 Yes, she has heterochromia. An it’s pretty clear in the two cuts we can see of her in the teaser.

BTW, I’ve seen her “recently” in The Raven, and in The Decoy Bride, alongside her small part in MIB3, and other prior works like Starter For 10, and Big Nothing. She is not just a pretty face, nor a 5.4″ tall blonde. She can act, as she comes from the theater family.

The scream cut of the teaser is out of context, so we can not say if she is really overacting, as some people are claiming.

28. Steve Johnson - December 8, 2012

@11

Why do people like you say things like that?

I would really like to understand the hostility directed at commenters that have anything negative to say.

I mean, i’ll be honest and say I think it’s rather ridiculous to critique a performance that we’ve seen exactly two shots of. A smile, and a scream. A scream which is probably suffering from “Trailer ADR syndrome.” Where they did some kind of a dubbing. I wager, in context, the scream is probably much more resonating.

But, telling people to “deal with it” is unnecessary. This is Star Trek. We have a vocal fan base. If you can’t handle hearing other people’s critical opinions, or feel you can only respond with innate hyperbole or tired meme’s, then maybe it’s time to enjoy the movies from a safe distance from the vocal Trek audience.

29. The Keeper - December 8, 2012

“@ 20. diggin up bones – December 8, 2012
“Nurse Chapel looks hot. And Cumberbach makes an excellent Roger Korby android.”

I’ve pondered that thought many times and wonder why few people have suggested that…a continuation of his story and what has been scene in the teaser would explain a great many things also.

Would be surprised if it is Roger Korby, but feel strongly currently that’s it’s Gary Mitchell.

30. gingerly - December 8, 2012

@19

LOL MJ I love your commitment but it’s Joachim, not Khan. ;)

31. Chuck - December 8, 2012

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Carolyn_Palamas

32. crazydaystrom - December 8, 2012

28. Steve Johnson –

How dare you be sober and reasonable on this site?!? I ask you sir, How? Dare? You??

33. crazydaystrom - December 8, 2012

28. Steve Johnson –
“I think it’s rather ridiculous to critique a performance that we’ve seen exactly two shots of.”

How dare you be sober and reasonable on this site?!? I ask you sir, How? Dare? You??

34. crazydaystrom - December 8, 2012

And how dare I double, no, triple post. How dare I. Heh, heheh…

35. cpelc - December 8, 2012

Here’s something different.

Saw somewhere yesterday that a possible reason why her scream looks so off is that it has been overdubbed. And not only is she not simply screaming, but she is indeed yelling ….. A word…… A name…….. Khan.

36. Emperor Mike of the Empire - December 8, 2012

Hey Harry. Given a Choice between Alice Eve and Ericka Durance for the role. Which one.

37. SAMMY B - December 8, 2012

She was also on the final season of HBO’s “Entourage”. Her character ends up marrying Adrien Grienier’s character. Yes she is quite stunning — I’m also betting the house and her being Dehner or Marcus. I’m all on board with the “Gary Mitchell thing”. Makes total sense to me.

38. spiked canon - December 8, 2012

You’re wrong HB. If they wanted looks there is much prettier. I’ve seen her on a few things and she is a fine actress. on the screem, I think she does a convincing terrified looking scream. As far as we know she could be looking at Simon Pegg naked.

39. spiked canon - December 8, 2012

And it’s Joachim…
.

40. Jeff - December 8, 2012

Eh, Jimmy boy?!

How about Finnegan and Carol Marcus? Finnegan washes out of Starfleet because of Kirk and goes postal, assassinating the Starfleet head who busted him?

41. Craiger - December 8, 2012

What if Starfleet or the Klingons find the Botany Bay, and accidently kill everyone onboard trying to revive them but Joaquim is the only one left alive and he seeks vengence for the killing of his family. Or have that same situtation with Khan.

42. Craiger - December 8, 2012

Or Starfleet could be so scared of Khan and his supermen are back they issue orders to get rid of them at all costs.

43. crazydaystrom - December 8, 2012

35. cplec-

Interesting.

44. cugel the clever - December 8, 2012

Many people are forgetting that this is a new timeline compared to TOS. Dr. Dehner could be in the film and still have Khan as the villian. No reason that just because Dehner is there that Mitchell also has to be there. Same with Carol Marcus – just because she wasn’t in Starfleet in TOS doesn’t mean that she isn’t in Starfleet in the alternate timeline.

More than 25 years have passed since the Narada attacked the Kelvin and later destroyed Vulcan. Obviously this would have had a huge affect on many Federation (and other) characters and caused them to have a completely different backstory than their history in TOS.

In fact, it’s foolish to assume that most of the events of TOS would happen in the alternate timeline exactly as they happened in TOS…. this includes some of the most iconic encounters of TOS such as the Enterprise encountering the Botany Bay, the energy field at the edge of the galaxy, etc, etc. In this timeline, none of this would happen; but the same characters could exist and they would interact with the Enterprise in a totally different way (or may never encounter them at all!).

Based on the trailer, my guess is that Cumby is Khan and that Eve is either nurse Chapel. Just like JJ surprised us with a Spock-Uhura romance, I’m betting that he is mixing things up again and giving us a Kirk-Chapel romance.

As for Cumby, the fact that he has a British accent does not exclude him from being Khan. Anyone who knows history knows that the British Empire ruled India for a long time and that even after Indian and Pakistani independence, many people in those countries were educated in England or attended english schools. It’s perfectly natural that Khan could speak english with an english accent. It’s also possible that Khan himself had a Sikh father and and English mother, thus giving him the Khan name but a more Caucasian appearance.

Not saying that this is certain, just that you can’t exclude Cumby from being Khan just because of his accent and appearance. Before the “vengeance” angle became known for this new movie, I doubted that JJ would go back to the “Khan” well for another movie. But the whole look of the trailer and the vengeance theme totally points to Khan as the villain. I think that Klingons found the Botany Bay and revived Khan (hence the scenes of Cumby and the Klingons), Cumby manages to hijack a Federation ship, and he returns to earth to take revenge for his original exile. Remember, for Khan, who was in cryosleep for centuries, his exile from Earth is still “recent” history.

45. cugel the clever - December 8, 2012

@39

No way it’s Joachim.

You are speaking from the perspective of a ST fan but JJ is trying to make a movie with broad appeal. Therefore there’s no way he would make a relatively minor ST character such as Joachim into the prime villain because he is unknown to the general public. But Khan is probably the most famous and iconic villain in ST history and even causal movie-goers would know of him.

What sounds better……. “Joachimmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!”
of
“Khannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” ?

46. The Sinfonian - December 8, 2012

Alice’s character looks so much like Kirk’s mother. Guess he’s going to go all Oedipal?

47. cugel the clever - December 8, 2012

LOL – if it’s true that Cumby wipes out a whole base of Klingons in this film, then JJ is beginning to run the risk of painting the Klingons of this timeline as wimps. In ST2009, the Klingons got their a$$es kicked by the Romulans (i.e. Narada).

When are we going to see the powerful and conquering Klingons of ST lore?

48. Craiger - December 8, 2012

#44 – Weller could be the Captain of Starfleet ship that Khan takes over?

49. Craiger - December 8, 2012

Just thought of something else what if Weller is Captain Tyrell from TWOK?

50. Reddox - December 8, 2012

It’s interesting that he crossed timelines in this movie. Did he end up taking her with him? That’s the big question.

51. Newman - December 8, 2012

I think she’s great and will bring more than just another pretty face to the film

52. Dee - lvs moon' surface - December 8, 2012

I know nothing of her work but somehow I doubt that she deserves to be insulted!

;-) :-)

53. sean - December 8, 2012

#12

No one came off looking particularly good in that ‘film’. That’s like saying Dustin Hoffman can’t act because he was bad in Ishtar.

54. Trekzilla - December 8, 2012

She’s HOT!!! Looks like Dehner to me…but I won’t rule out Carol Marcus either…women change hairstyles you know! LOL!!

55. Wayne Burman - December 8, 2012

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Dehner

Having said that, the idea of the Klingons reviving Khan and Co sounds interesting…

Either way I know I will love it :-)

56. Bob Mack - December 8, 2012

The only thing I know for certain about STID is that Alive Eve is not in it enough. She needs to be in every scene, IMHO.

But why is Mitchell “off the table”? Not saying that it is Mitchell, but I think some folks are getting ahead of the game. I don’t see how the trailer confirms or refutes anything. It’s entirely possible the trailer was designed to create speculation through miss-direction and I think people are going to believe what they want to believe based on what they are seeing, or not seeing. Lastly, the comics don’t rule Mitchell out either. He could still be alive.

But, of course, it’s Khan. The discarded idea of a shot of the Botany Bay from ST 2009 seems like pretty good indicator to me.

57. Harry Ballz - December 8, 2012

24, 36, 38

in response to your posts, which, by the way, just happen to be Alice Eve’s measurements mixed up………Durance instead for the part? No need to beat that dead horse…..oh, wait, she’s still alive, isn’t she?

They couldn’t use Durance for Kirk’s love interest, as that would imply our captain is into beastiality, and that just wouldn’t fly.

Picard liked to ride horses, but at least it was family-friendly!

58. Dunsel Report - December 8, 2012

About the Klingons-discover-Botany-Bay-at-the-beginning-and-get-their-asses-kicked idea: Really hoping the writers are imaginative enough not to recycle this chestnut from the last one and from TMP. Expecting that Damon Lindelof got brought in to sprinkle in some of his “Lost”/”Prometheus” mystery powder onto the origin story.

59. Buzz Cagney - December 8, 2012

Talented or not, Harry, I wouldn’t clamber across her to get to you buddy ;)
And if you guys haven’t seen Starter For 10 I can recommend it. A fun movie.

60. Buzz Cagney - December 8, 2012

#44 a more caucasian appearance? More than Cumberbatch? Look up Caucasian in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Cumby!
not KHANNNNNNN!

61. Harry Ballz - December 8, 2012

Buzz, you have a couple of good points….and so does Alice! ;)

62. Tiberius Subprime - December 8, 2012

@58
If Damon Lindelof had a very big hand in this script, we are in some trouble, in my opinion. I was NOT impressed with what he did with Prometheus. That film was a total mess.

The original script was better, before Damon started messing with it.

I really hope Orci and Alex had the most say in this script.

63. Mad Man - December 8, 2012

Her eyes are so mesmerizing! I wish they would have left her green eye green in the movie. The two different colors are so freakin cool.

64. Buzz Cagney - December 8, 2012

#61 LOL Harry. i’m reckoning she’s going to be playing Carol Marcus. Or Yeoman Rand. Or Dr Dehner. Or Nurse Chapel. Or A.N. Other. It will definitely be one of that list though.
Great to see life returning to this site!

65. Basement Blogger - December 8, 2012

@ 12

Harry, Harry, Harry.

I’ve seen Alice Eve in three films. Crossing Over (2009): She’s Out of My League (2010); Men in Black (2012) In Crossing Over she played an Australian and in League , she played an American. I thought she was excellent in both. She did great accents in both. She’s English. I’m interested in Starter for 10 because it’s a comedy with BC.

66. JP - December 8, 2012

Meanwhile, at Harry Ballz’ house. Erm, sorry, meanwhile, at Harry Ballz’ mom’s basement, Harry decided to wow us all with his in depth critique of Alice Eve’s performance based off of 5 seconds of footage.

67. ados - December 8, 2012

I wonder if you will be able to tell she has 2 different color eyes in the movie…thats how bored am getting waiting….

68. olly - December 8, 2012

Here’s Eve with Cumberbatch in two productions

http://youtu.be/oPBYyT_yNLw

http://youtu.be/PFCnp70cyp4

69. CmdrR - December 8, 2012

67 – maybe she’s park husky.

70. CmdrR - December 8, 2012

I see Harry’s “total resentment towards women” rambles on.

71. Nony - December 8, 2012

You can tell Alice’s eyes are different colours in the trailer; it’s pretty obvious if you watch it in good quality. Looks cool!

72. dontcare - December 8, 2012

To the guy claiming Anthony “confirmed” Alice’s character on “the other thread”. Which other thread? What post number? I have been looking since last night and I have not found any post by Anthony even close to that. C’mon man put up or shut up.

73. Anthony Pascale - December 8, 2012

If TrekMovie.com was ready to confirm something there would be an article about it (so everyone can see it and other sites can link in). It wouldnt be burried in 1500 comments

74. dontcare - December 8, 2012

That’s what I thought Anthony, thanks.

75. Lou Sytsma (@OldDarth) - December 8, 2012

Carol Marcus and Garth of Izar. Take it to the bank.

76. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 8, 2012

I believe that it is very possible that these guest British actors could easily play anyone the writers asked them to play. I think this goes for Benedict Cumberbatch in particular.

Personally, I really have no idea who Cumby is playing. Almost everyone is either arguing that he MUST be Khan, Mitchell or Garth (all possibles actually).

I prefer to look elsewhere for other possible contenders for the “one mean dude” description of Cucumber’s character, even to someone unknown to canon, as in another Vulcan/human hybrid like Spock, sans the Vulcan ears as his ears have inherited the human shape. That MAY help explain the Vulcan salute given to the person in dark behind the perspex/glass.

So much rumour, conjecture, speculation, repetition on so few FACTS.

77. Dunsel Report - December 8, 2012

@62 Yeah, I agree about Prometheus.

78. Basement Blogger - December 8, 2012

@ 66

JP, watch it with the stuff about Harry Ballz writing from his mom’s basement. Harry Ballz are not in his mom’s basement. And what’s wrong with writing in the basement? Sarah Palin hates basement bloggers. :-)

79. Harry Ballz - December 8, 2012

How could I be so wrong?? Obviously Alice Eve is the next friggin’ Meryl Streep!

80. Red Dead Ryan - December 8, 2012

Well, a lot of (male) directors do tend to think with their d_cks when it comes to casting female roles.

Guys in general think with their private parts.

I doubt Alice Eve would have been cast if a woman was directing the movie.

I haven’t seen any of Eve’s movies, but clearly she was hired based on her looks.

81. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 8, 2012

#80 – What? Well, I say “Don’t be such a d_ck”.

And male actors aren’t also hired based on their looks? Stop already!
That’s just downright nasty. Lose the misogynist attitude. How would you know who a woman director might cast?

82. Red Dead Ryan - December 8, 2012

#81.

Male actors are more often cast based on these criteria:

Talent/intensity

Nepotism/favortism/elitism/cronyism

Availability

Do you really think male actors are hired based on looks? NOPE! Unless they are being sought out by gay directors.

That’s the truth, and I happen to be a TRUTH-TELLER.

83. chrisfawkes.com - December 9, 2012

She is genetically blessed that much is certain.

84. The River Temoc - December 9, 2012

One pretty strong argument against the Khan theory: back here in the real world, it will look pretty awkward to hire a lily white actor, no matter how talented, to play a character “of color.” From a PR standpoint, it smacks of blackface, of the days in which pnly white actors played Asians. That’s not a PR battle Paramount wants to wage, particularly if it’s hoping to market the film in Asia.

85. The Squire of Buttocks - December 9, 2012

Hairy ballz is correct that she is a bad actess – but when did that ever hurt star trek before? Those models whet right from the casting couch into some of our favorite episodes!

86. Reddox - December 9, 2012

Ok, since it’s confirmed that he is the Starfleet turned God from TOS and he crossed timelines to get at Kirk, this should be another interesting non-cannon movie!

87. Harry Ballz - December 9, 2012

85. “right from the casting couch into some of our favorite episodes!”

Gawd, I hope they stopped to take a shower first!

88. Trekzilla - December 9, 2012

Eh…Prometheus was only a disappointment to fanboys who wanted to see Xenomorphs running amok again. I don’t know why the fanboys didn’t just stay home and watch AvP: Requiem…ugh…

89. Red Dead Ryan - December 9, 2012

Yeah, I don’t understand the hate towards “Prometheus”.

The thing with that movie is, the answers happen to be clues. It was expected that people should be able to put the clues together to come up with the answers on their own, instead of having it all spelled out for them.

That is why the movie works on so many levels for me.

Not to mention Elizabeth Shaw’s self-C-section scene. Classic.

90. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 9, 2012

Harry Ballz – You are simply teasing or you really are an ass…

91. Jack - December 9, 2012

82.

Come on, actors are hired based on looks all the time. See: Reeves, Keanu. Or, Kitsch, Taylor.

92. Harry Ballz - December 9, 2012

Rose, I’m sure you can tell, everything I post is usually a tease.

One can have one’s tongue firmly planted in one’s cheek and still type!

93. A14U - December 9, 2012

Alive Eve is single-handedly the *best* part of the “pre-teaser-trailer,” as her superbly conveyed reaction of utter horror is the most real, powerful, and human moment in the whole CGI-ridden minute. Kudos to her!

94. A14U - December 9, 2012

*Alice

95. Jack - December 10, 2012

89. RDR. And I thought the movie spoon-fed us everything. The C-section scene was terrific, though. And Fassbender stole the show.

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