His tongue-tying name has been on every nerd’s lips as of late. Whether it be discussing his casting in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek 2 or his stellar performance in the second season of BBC‘s Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s career is on the verge of exploding. In a good way.
MTV caught up with Cumby (which, and I shit you not, is a nickname people are using to “affectionately” refer to him, WTF!?) on the Red Carpet at this past Sunday’s Golden Globes. Here’s what he was allowed to say about his role in Star Trek 2. Hint, it ain’t much.
I don’t think we do know that [him playing the villain], actually. That’s just supposition. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.
I started [becoming a Star Trek fan] slowly, but quite genuinely, when he rebooted it with this last film. I have lots of friends and family, all sorts of people who’ve loved all of the series and all of the films. I’ve been introduced to it through them and now I’m going back to them and asking them questions so I can get up to speed with true Trekkies.
Still no confirmation he’ll be the baddie, but then again, what actor who plays a villain considers themselves the villain? I think this is simply more misdirection.
There was one sound byte that piqued my interest, though. Cumberbatch mentioned his preparation for the role has been demanding, and he’s been “working out nonstop.” For what sort of role other than squaring off against Captain James T. Kirk would you need such physical training?
What do you guys think? I’ve heard some interesting theories of him playing an updated Trelane, a Q-like alien from the Original Series. What are your theories?
In other Cumberbatch news, the show probably most responsible for starting him on his road to geek stardom, Sherlock, has been confirmed for a third season. The show has been a smash hit for Cumberbatch as well as his costar Martin Freeman, whose career, as you probably know, is about to explode as well once The Hobbit releases later this year. This confirmation of a third season from show co-creator Steven Moffat (yes, that Steven Moffat) comes as great comfort to anyone who suffered through the gripping cliffhanger that ended season two this past weekend. US viewers patiently waiting for season two to air on PBS, you’ll understand everyone’s pain and grief come May.
Moffat tweeted, “Of course there’s going to be a third series — it was commissioned at the same time as the second,” and starting wild speculation about when a third season could begin filming. Cumberbatch starts filming for Star Trek 2 next week and the worldwide frenzy that will follow The Hobbit will surely tie Freeman up for some time.