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J.J. Abrams Says Dr. Carol Marcus Won’t Be Relegated To Love Interest In Star Trek. Gives Another Huge Detail Away.

To Boldly Go

J.J. Abrams hasn’t been giving many details about Star Trek Into Darkness but he has said some interesting things about Dr. Carol Marcus. Oh, and he just happened to confirm whether or not we’ll be seing the Klingons this time around. 

Actress Alice Eve had already been confirmed to be playing Dr. Carol Marcus in the sequel. Star Trek fans know the character from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, where we learned of her relationship with James T. Kirk and subsequent pregnancy. In an interview with MTV, Abrams gave a few details on what we can expect from her this time around.

“[Kirk] meets her fairly early on and again she plays a science officer, she’s someone who is part of the adventure,” he said. “I think Chris [Pine] is right, it’s a hard thing to…because it’s very much an action adventure movie and once that gets going it’s a difficult thing to sort of park the story and say, you know, let’s do a romantic interlude. But there is a…her role is important or she wouldn’t be in the movie otherwise.”

Sounds good to me.

Don’t want to know whether or not Klingons will be in the movie? Stop reading here, spoilers ahead.

While rumored last summer, Abrams also confirmed Klingons are definitely in the film, which we previously heard from someone who had seen a bit of footage. Silas Lesnick tweeted, “They do have forehead ridges but with ornamental piercings and facial hair out of the original series!”

Abrams told MTV, “They are back in this one.” He continued, “Their role in this is definitely that of adversary but, and you’ll see how they play out, but again, you don’t have to know that prior. You dont’ have to know anything about any preexisting stories to watch this film.”

(via Collider)

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