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J.J. Abrams on Benedict Cumberbatch and Using 3D in 'Star Trek' Sequel

The world of the Star Trek sequel continues to pick up momentum. Director J.J. Abrams spoke to Collider about the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch to the cast as a yet-to-be-named villain.

"He's a genius. Honestly, just an incredible actor. If you've seen his work in Sherlock (the UK television series), he's just got incredible skills. He's an amazing stage actor. You try to cast people who are great. We got lucky."
While Abrams seems head-over-heels ecstatic about the addition of Cumberbatch, the question on everyone's mind is what will be the plot.
Abrams has already said numerous times that he wants to delve deeper into the world created in the first film.
"I think the job of the first movie was just to establish it. I don't want to give anything away, but I would say that burden we had in the first movie was just existing at all. With this movie, instead of having to stand on the shoulders of the original series, we built a little bit of a platform for us, with the last movie, to tell this story."
Translation: We're going to continue from where we left off in the last film but we're going to take some chances in this sequel. Until it arrives in theaters, I'll continue to speak in extended vague sound bites.
Fair enough. In the end, no one wants to watch a spoiled movie.
And so it's on to the 3D portion of the film, which Abrams says he was never keen on until he saw scenes from the first Star Trek that had been converted over.
"I did not fight for the 3D. It was something that the studio wanted to do, and I didn't want to do it. And then, when I saw the first movie converted in sections, I thought that it actually looked really cool. So, I was OK with their doing it as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to, in anamorphic film, and then let them convert it. So those who want to see it in 3D, which looked pretty cool, can do it, and those that want to see it in 2D can do that too."
In the end, we get the best of both worlds. Star Trek 2 will hit theaters May 17, 2013, two weeks after Iron Man 3.
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