J.J. Abrams ‘Very Upset’ Over ‘Star Trek 2’ Leaked Photos

‘It’s such a bummer,’ Zoe Saldana tells MTV News about pictures showing her, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto on set.
By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Zoe Saldana
Photo: MTV News Details have been scarce about the ongoing production of “Star Trek 2,” but all that changed Friday when some juicy set pictures were leaked online. The two images show Zachary Quinto and then Zoe Saldana facing off against Benedict Cumberbatch, the new villain in the film. Though they weren’t particularly spoilers, the pics did give plenty of fodder for fans speculating about Cumberbatch’s role. Needless to say, notoriously secretive director J.J. Abrams was none too pleased about the leak. MTV News caught up with Saldana at the Independent Spirit Awards, where she talked about the director’s reaction. “J.J. was very upset,” she said. “I have to say that. It’s not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it’s such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise.” That’s the same sort of sentiment actors on the set of films like “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” have echoed as the Internet-savvy fan culture becomes increasingly intrusive. Several questions were raised from the images, such as why Cumberbatch is wearing a variation of the Star Fleet uniform and why Quinto’s Vulcan death grip fails when he uses it on the “Sherlock” star’s character. There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding Cumberbatch’s inclusion in the cast, though little is known about his role. Saldana wouldn’t give away any details about his character, but she did say what she thinks he’s adding to the film: “Another yummy male actor in ‘Star Trek’ — that’s what he’s adding, and I’m enjoying it,” she said with a laugh. “Star Trek 2” also stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Alice Eve. It’s due in theaters May 17, 2013. Check out everything we’ve got on “Star Trek 2.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit

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