Chris Pine is "grateful" to have "fantastic" Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek sequel

The Captain Kirk actor heaps praise on his current co-star

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Chris Pine is "grateful" to have "fantastic" Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek sequel
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Captain Kirk actor Chris Pine has been speaking of his admiration for his co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, as filming continues on the sequel to 2009's Star Trek.

"Benedict is fantastic. He's just so good," Pine told MTV about his scenes with the Sherlock star. "He's super talented, and we are more than grateful to have him on-board.

"Benedict has got this intensity about him, and he's obviously extremely intelligent and articulate. His vocal quality is something else. He obviously is, unlike many of us, like, an actually trained actor. He actually studied for it."

With Cumberbatch lined up to play a mysterious villain in the sci-fi blockbuster, Pine was also asked whether the audience would have a love/hate relationship with the character.

"[You'll love] everything. He's really talented," Pine said. "I think it's all going to be love - a mad amount of love."

Actress Alice Eve - who also has a role in the movie - had this to say of Cumberbatch, an actor who she previously worked with on Starter for 10:

"I'm very excited to work with him again. He's so very funny, Ben," she said. "I don't know if you remember his character in Starter for 10, but he was so funny. Like King of the Geeks, but he did it so well, and I found a lot of that hard to get through because he was so funny. I like him very much."

The as-yet untitled Star Trek sequel, directed by JJ Abrams, is scheduled for release on 17 May 2013.

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