‘Trek’ News: Cumberbatch Villain Talk and New Pics

It’s another early Christmas present for Star Trek fans as Empire magazine features a big spread of new photos from Into Darkness as the cover story for its 2013 preview issue. Meanwhile, in other areas of the internet, Benedict Cumberbatch talked to GyaO! in great detail about his villainous role as John Harrison, the catalyst for the action in the sequel who right now may or may not be identified by a Miranda Tate-like alias to mask his true identity.

Let’s do words first. Cumberbatch, with some support/supervision by director J.J. Abrams, enlightened GyaO! (via Coming Soon) as to the methods and motivations of the Harrison character. I don’t think there’s anything below that might answer fan questions about potential secret identities, but its actually nice to hear both Abrams and Cumberbatch finally shed some light on character with so much mystery built in.

Here’s what they had to say:

“When J.J. described the role to me, he described someone who was, in movie terms, a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in ‘The Shining,’ and the Joker in ‘Batman,'” Cumberbatch said. “…He’s someone who has enormous physical strength. He’s someone who is incredibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism. He’s also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way.”

“His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an… average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet,” Abrams added, “and he turns against the group because he has got this backstory and this kind of amazing secret agenda. After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. ‘Into Darkness’ is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.”

Now here’s the goodies. A veritable ton o’ never-before-seen shots from Into Darkness feature much of the major cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and Cumberbatch. Select an image and click to embiggen. (Thanks to Coming Soon for doing all the tedious scanning.)

Star Trek Into Darkness comes out in theaters everywhere May 17, 2013.

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