New 'Star Trek' movie shows franchise could still live long

Fri May 3, 2013 10:17am EDT
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By Rollo Ross

LONDON (Reuters) - The crew of USS Enterprise beamed into London for the premiere of the sci-fi sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness" with critics saying on Friday that the eagerly-awaited film proved the franchise could still live long and prosper.

The film, starring Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as First Officer Spock, is a 3D follow-up to director J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of the popular franchise starring a new cast of spacefarers.

The action kicks off with a terrorist attack in London against Starfleet and the man responsible is the one-man killing machine John Harrison played by up-and-coming British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Soon the crew of the Starship Enterprise, including Nyota Uhura played by Zoe Saldana and Karl Urban as Bones, are on his tail but things are not all what they seem with some moral dilemmas and life-changing decisions to be made.

Early reviews have been positive about Abrams' second movie but he is unlikely to direct a third Star Trek film as he has signed up to start work on the next "Star Wars" movie.

Abrams was named in January by Walt Disney Co as the director of "Star Wars: Episode VII" due out in 2015, but he said he would like to stay involved in future Star Trek films by Viacom Inc. studio Paramount Pictures.

"No matter what, if the third is in the offering, if they do a third, definitely we'd be involved as producers on the movie," he told Reuters television on the red carpet at the premiere.

"Depending on what the timing would be and everything but there would be no more fun thing to do than work with this group again. They're amazing."   Continued...

Cast members of "Star Trek Into Darkness" (L-R) Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch pose for photographers at the film's international premier in Leicester Square, central London, May 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning