Star Trek's J.J. Abrams: 'This film's not for Trekkies'

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

J.J. Abrams and cast members from his upcoming Star Trek spoke in Seoul, South Korea, this week to pitch the movie, and Abrams again confirmed that the movie is aimed not so much at longtime fans as at newbies, according to a report on Abrams was joined by Chris Pine, who plays Capt. James T. Kirk, and Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura.

"We made this film not for Trekkies but for future fans of Star Trek," Abrams told a news conference. "The studio wanted to give the film a fresh start, and I was originally brought in as a producer, but upon reading the script, I saw so much potential and possibility that the original had failed to realize due to technological constraints, so I got very greedy and I decided to direct it myself."

Like Abrams, Pine admitted that he was a relative newbie to the franchise. "I began watching the original series pretty feverishly, because I knew I only had a limited amount of time to prepare for the role, and after getting halfway through the first and second season, I wasn't doing myself any favors by trying to pick up on the mannerisms of William Shatner and the minutiae of the Star Trek world," Pine said. "I would have created a character that was more impersonation than an original incarnation. J.J.'s prescription for realizing the role—and this goes for all of us—was to create our own and not worry too much about obeying the laws of the original Star Trek world."

For her part, Saldana said that she saw herself in the character of Uhura. "I do have a gravitational pull towards characters that are strong," she said. "I think there are similarities between Uhura and myself. It is conceivable to believe that some of you leaks into the roles actors play, and I certainly hope that the things that did manage to leak in, ... complemented my interpretation of my character in the film, the way she's able to command herself with so much discipline and strength in a setting that's mainly masculine and still hold court and fulfill her job in an androgynous manner. I love women that are like that."

You can read more here. Star Trek opens May 8.