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J.J. Abrams is so famous for his love of secrecy that he usually manages to get all of his actors to play along as well-- if you're in a J.J. Abrams movie, odds are you'll never breathe a word about the plot until he gives you the go ahead. And as James T. Kirk, the leader of the Starship Enterprise, Chris Pine knows the party line perfectly well, and avoided all spoilers and plot details when chatting about the upcoming sequel recently.
And yet, he at least allowed that Star Trek 2, due in theaters on May 17 next year, won't be following the footsteps of one very recent, very popular sequel. Talking to Total Film about the tone of the new movie, Pine allowed "We're not making Batman. That's not our deal." By that he meant that they wouldn't be following the model of Batman Begins, which revived the franchise with a darker tone and then went even darker with The Dark Knight. At the same time, they're not going to be dealing with low-stakes situations out in space:
"Like the first one, there's some serious issues being dealt with. And I'd say the threat is even greater in this one. The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It's relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you'd never expect.
We've been promised elsewhere that the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will be a serious force to reckon with, and the fact that he's being played by an actor as talented as Cumberbatch is pretty strong evidence. But it's nice to know that Abrams is hanging on to the bright and shiny sensibility of the original Trek film, even though it would have been a huge shock for him to do anything else. You can let us know in the comments what you're anxiously anticipating from Star Trek 2.