‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ CinemaCon clip shows Kirk-Harrison alliance

April 16, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the coming summer season, and theater owners got a special preview of the May 17 release as CinemaCon kicked off in Las Vegas on Monday.

The convention is heavy on big summer tent poles. “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim” were set to be previewed, along with “The Lone Ranger.”

The 18 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” footage included some of the 9-minute preview that screened before IMAX showings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” late last year, as well as a scene in which the Enterprise beams out Mr. Spock from a volcano, inspiring the worship of the local Nibiru villagers, and another in which Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk strikes an uneasy alliance with villain John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

“I think in the first film, Kirk got the chair a bit too prematurely,” Pine told the CinemaCon audience during an onstage discussion moderated by “Star Trek Into Darkness” writer Damon Lindelof (watch it in the video above). “He was still a kid. He was a brash, headstrong, at times arrogant kid, a punk. I think in this installment, we see Kirk earn the chair, and I think a lot of maturing happens in this film for Kirk, for a man who thinks he knows everything and leads with his gut and leads with his heart, and is all kind of passion and heart. He’s a man that has to learn to censor himself sometimes, and our bad guy, John Harrison, basically levels this mirror in front of Kirk in which he sees all of his vulnerabilities and his fallibility and everything that is wrong with how he leads his men and women into battle. And it brings him to his knees.”

The experience also brings the crew closer together, according to Lindelof.

“If the first movie was about meeting and introductions, this movie is about becoming a family,” Lindelof told Hero Complex. “The title of the movie is not just about the mission that the Enterprise is going on but what happens when you get to know each other a little better and the hurdles you must jump over in order to truly become family.”

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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