Will there be another “Star Trek” movie starring Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock?
—Stephen Bessey, Atlantic City, N.J.
The plan right now is for Paramount Pictures to release the as-yet-untitled 12th movie in the “Star Trek” franchise, a sequel to the 2009 movie, in May 2013.
Returning cast members include John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They will be joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
Pine, who turns 32 on Aug. 26, says the new movie is “good,” but he is sworn to secrecy when it comes to the storyline.
“Those big films are scary things,” he says. “There’s so much money behind them and there’s all that hype. I’m just happy that the people behind it were such good, welcoming types. [Director] J.J. Abrams runs that ship and he is a wonderful guy. What they bring to this kind of film is a small character-driven story, matched with robots or aliens or spaceships. That’s a very hard thing to do.”
That said, Pine adds that he feels no pressure when it comes to the sequel—especially with Abrams directing again and the movie having been written by returning writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who will be joined by Damon Lindelof–because as an actor, there is only so much you can do.
“People are either going to respond to it or not, and I would drive myself crazy if I tried to control it anymore than that, other than having a really fervent desire that people come and watch it and like it,” he says. “We tried to do a really good job.
“We always go out with the best of intentions, whether it’s fluffy comedy or a drama. It’s always in the effort of, ‘Please come, like it, enjoy it, take something away!’”