J.J. Abrams Talks Villains, Nuance, And All Things Star Trek Into Darkness

By Brent McKnight | 8 years ago

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is almost here. Some of you are probably already in line. Hell, it’s been so anticipated, and sold out so many preview screenings, Paramount decided to release the movie a day early. But just because Into Darkness is dropping sooner, that doesn’t mean the studio is going to rest on their laurels. Oh no, they’re going to keep stoking the promotional fire, which includes this new behind-the-scenes video interview with Abrams himself from the viral Are You the 1701 website. You’ve seen a few bits of this before—how many times do we need to hear Abrams talking about upping the ante?

He compares the primary antagonists from Into Darkness and the first Star Trek movie. While Nero (Eric Bana), the bad guy from the first movie was just, as Abrams says, “really pissed off,” John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is more of a true villain. Harrison is a sinister force, one with a cold, calculating plan. That makes him an exponentially more dangerous adversary. This is a different kind of enemy, one that will put the crew of the Enterprise through as much hell as possible, and exploit all of their weaknesses.

As comfortable as it was to be working with old friends once again, Abrams says that Star Trek Into Darkness was his most challenging, exciting shoot ever. He promises that the film has a little bit of everything: a little action, a little romance, a little emotion, and a more nuanced story.

Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin.

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