Benedict Cumberbatch: 'Star Trek 2 has characters you care about'

The 'Sherlock' star will play the villain in 'Star Trek Into Darkness', due next year

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'Star Trek 2 has characters you care about'

Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about his experience filming Star Trek 2 with director JJ Abrams.

Earlier this month (September 12), it was confirmed that the hotly-anticipated sequel will be called Star Trek Into Darkness. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Sherlock star Cumberbatch is known to be playing a villain.

When asked about the movie by the Huffington Post, Cumberbatch replied: "It was an amazing experience. I was bound to say that, but it genuinely was. It was just extraordinary. He's a wonderful human being to be around, JJ - on every level, as a dad, as a friend, as a director, as a musician... He's a polymath, he's a really talented human being."

Continuing, Cumberbatch promised fans that Abrams has delivered a sequel with heart as well as spectacle. He added: "It's all done with a really genuine interest in the story. So for all the bangs for your buck that you're gonna get with the film - which there are going to be aplenty - you have an investment, you care about what's happening to these characters, so it was really exciting."

Star Trek Into Darkness finished filming this July (2012) and is scheduled for release worldwide on May 17, 2013. Alongside Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their roles from 2009's Star Trek, Abrams' successful reboot of the franchise.

Discussing the sequel earlier this month (September 2012), Pine promised "a really big story" and "huge" character development, while Quinto has called Abrams' second film "bigger and bolder" than his first.

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