Although it has been a recent trend in Hollywood to make each new reboot darker and “grittier” than the last, Chris Pine ensured Trekkies everywhere that J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel will not go down that road, in a recent interview with Total Film.

"We're not making Batman. That's not our deal," Pine told the site. "There's comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there's some serious issues being dealt with. And I'd say the threat is even greater in this one."

That’s reassuring for us as Star Trek is certainly the last franchise we would expect to become darker and more violent. But despite the humor that Abrams is bringing to the story, Pine does admit that there is some heavy character development in this sequel.

"The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It's relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you'd never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It's a really big story - I can't hype it enough!"

The untitled Star Trek sequel will hit theaters on May 17, 2013.

[via Total Film]