Its not a coincidence that so many of the crew met and other details are following the Prime Timeline regardless of the logic being used. If the new timeline is an offshoot of the old, that explains the similarities. If the new timeline is just one of an infinite number of possible tmelines, then there are countless timelines that are virtually identical to Prime, or not terribly different, and JJ Abrams chose to point his camera at one of those, instead of one where there are far more differences.
And Cumberbund is playing Mitchell. Best fit for the Darkness title.