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Published On: Mon, Jun 4th, 2012

Damon Lindelof praises Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Star Trek 2,’ discusses Pine as Kirk

While promoting the release of “Prometheus,” co-writer Damon Lindelof was asked about “Star Trek 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to 2009 reboot of the franchise.

Lindelof spoke to Collider in an interview posted this weekend, discussing the return to the Enterprise.

“It was incredible, and I think that Trek 2—there’s certainly an instinct to just go bigger in the second movie and one of the things that we did was we connected all the sets, so you can just basically follow the actors off the bridge, into a turbo lift, down, walking through a plaza, into the med bay as opposed to [having to] cut every time you do that, because when we were shooting on the Paramount stages we just didn’t have the money to connect all the sets.”

One of the new additions to “Trek 2” is “War Horse” and “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch as an unidentified villain. The former “Lost” writer had nothing but praise for Cumberbatch’s performance.

“Benedict Cumberbatch, I can already say with a certain degree of confidence that he is gonna give an iconic film performance and one of the best sci-fi performances that I’ve ever seen.  And not even having seen the movie yet, just sitting there in video village with the headphones on.  So I’m really psyched.”

Lindelof also talked about what it was like to see all the actors at work again, especially Chris Pine donning Captain Kirk’s iconic yellow uniform.

“And then when you see all the actors again, and Kirk in his yellow—which we only really see at the very, very end of the first movie—and start playing those interactions between he and Bones, he and Scotty, Spock and Bones, etc. And then bringing in some new blood, Alice Eve is awesome.”

Damon Lindelof on the set of "Prometheus" with Michael Fassbender Photo/20th Century FOX

Damon Lindelof on the set of “Prometheus” with Michael Fassbender Photo/20th Century FOX

Lindelof co-wrote “Prometheus,” the “Alien” prequel and functioned as an Executive Producer alongside director Ridley Scott. He returns as a producer with J.J. Abrams on the Trek sequel.

Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood all return to the U.S.S. Enterprise, reprising their respective Federation characters. Peter Weller, Eve and Cumberbatch join the cast for the second film.

“Trek 2” officially comes to theaters on May 17, 2013.

Benedict Cumberbatch Chris Pine Star Trek Into Darkness photo

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