Both J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch have come out in full force to discuss Cumberbatch’s baddie role in Star Trek Into Darkness, John Harrison.
“He’s a terrorist; he operates as a terrorist. He has extraordinary physical powers, but also mental powers. He can sow an idea, which is as powerful as gunshots or close-hand combat, which he’s masterful in. He tears into the fabric of both the world and the Enterprise family, and he leaves behind him a trail of devastation. It’s quite exciting to watch.”
Abrams was not totally forthcoming with details, but had this to say about the character:
“The whole thing, not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret, all that is what, for me at least, makes him such a frightening and cool villain … Also, the real villains – when they’re not just two-dimensional, angry vengeful types – don’t see themselves as the bad guy,” he went on. “They are the good guy and have complete rationale and motivation. So true to form, the character that Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he’s on the right side.”
In “Space Seed,” Harrison was nearly suffocated to death on the Enterprise bridge by unfrozen superman Khan Noonien Singh.
This reminds me of when we learned via press release that Marion Cotillard would be playing Miranda Tate in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It makes me think maybe one of Khan’s genetic supermen (perhaps even Khan Noonien Singh Jr.) assumed Harrison’s identity to infiltrate and cripple Starfleet.
Ain’t It Cool has also learned that Alice Eve (best known for She’s Out of My League) has been cast as scientist Carol Marcus, a Captain Kirk love interest first introduced by Bibi Besch in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
We talked in an older article of Benedict Cumberbatch being cast as a possible villain in the upcoming Star Trek movie. The name of said character has now leaked it seems. It is a huge spoiler so I will link the article here and let you decide if you want to click it or not. But it is huge news and I am quite excited about it!
Also it had now been confirmed that Leonard Nimoy will in fact appear.
And is has been announced that we can expect for Klingons in this one. I am starting to really look forward seeing it now!
Okay, so pictures are already up showing Benedict Cumberbatch’s character (supposedly villainous) having a not-so-friendly interaction with Zachary Qunto’s Spock. Cumberbatch’s character name and official origin have yet to be released.
UPDATE: Due to a statement made by actress Zoe Saldana (who plays Uhura) that director J.J. Abrams was not pleased with the fact the photos were leaked and disbursed online, we are going to remove the photos from our site out of courtesy for the director, cast, and crew. Although it’s nice to see such things, it’s probably best that we do not post them until they are official photos from the production company.