Star Trek 2 stars people other than Benedict Cumberbatch
With two months until its premiere, Star Trek Into Darkness (which still sounds like a terrible Euro-synth pop song) is also ramping up its press machine. To date, everything has been about the mystery of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain, but now it’s time to remind us that other people star in this movie, too. To that end, we have a new trailer, one that spotlights the crew of the Star Trek Enterprise. Most of it is blink-or-you’ll-miss-it, but they burn through Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto as Spock, as well as showcasing some cool action sequences and eye-catching visuals—I’m really into whatever that red forest is—and enough touches of humor combined with stuff blowing up that yeah, this movie is going to be huge. All this caterwauling about the state of the box office in 2013 isn’t going to matter once summer rolls around and they open a run of enormous blockbusters.
This time around, the star of the trailer is also the star of the franchise, ole Tape Lips himself, Chris Pine. They’re trying to make Pine a leading man movie star as hard as they’ve tried with anyone else in recent years, but Pine hasn’t broken out any further than, say, Jeremy Renner or Chris Hemsworth at this point. I don’t think Star Trek 2 will do much more for him than Star Trek did, partially because the true star of Star Trek is Star Trek, but also because he’s destined to be dwarfed by Cumberbatch, a screen tyrant who buries lesser actors in his wake.
Cumberbatch is going to be the one the public remembers, and whatever leftover attention audiences have will inevitably go to the likes of Pegg—who gets to be funny—Quinto, who plays a memorable character, and Saldana, because she’s the hot chick. Pine can go sympathize with Hemsworth, who suffers a similar problem with Thor, being overshadowed in his own franchise by a charismatic villain played by a better actor.
Still, Paramount has to make the pitch for Pine, whom they’re betting heavily on, backing both this and Pine’s other (potential) franchise, Jack Ryan. And Pine will go into Jack Ryan in December coming off the guaranteed win of Star Trek 2, so even though he won’t carry Trek, he still has a pretty good shot of emerging from 2013 as a movie star.