It’s been a busy week for Star Trek fans with revelations, or fake-outs depending on how you look it at. And because teaser trailers, random tweets and publicity photos aren’t enough, the director himself, J.J. Abrams, is wading into the debate, and that debate is about just who the heck Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. So who’s he playing? Khan? Gary Mitchell? “John Harrison”? Throw us a bone, J.J.!
Here’s the bone J.J. threw to MTV:
Rather than answer anything that would give away anything fun from the movie… the character that Benedict plays… he brings such an incredible power. His voice alone is unbelievable. He brings a force to it that when I think you see the movie hopefully this character, all speculation aside, will be really compelling. Not because of any connection to anything past, but because of who he is and what he brings to it.
Not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret… all of that is what I think makes him such a frightening and cool villain. But also, you know, a real villain that are not just two dimensional angry vengeful types don’t see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy, they’ve got complete rational and motivation. So I think true to form, the character Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he’s certainly on the right side.
“His secret…” So there is a secret about Cumberbatch, like his real identity.
Ugh. Actually, I’m sick of this guessing game. Wake me up when May 17 gets here.
Source: Geek Tyrant
It appears that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will chat your ear off about the experience of shooting Star Trek 2 with J.J. Abrams and the crew of the Enterprise Redux, but naturally, he isn’t going to tell you who he’s playing and whether or not they have some connection to Star Trek’s past.
Take this recent interview with Short List, who asked him point blank about his role in the next Trek film:
“Yep, it’s yet another thing I can’t talk about [laughs]. I’ll tell you this, it’s iconic and it’s exciting. I’m bored of denying that it’s Khan now, because people keep saying it.”
So does that mean he is playing Khan? Because saying that he’s “bored of denying” it can be taken a couple of ways. The rumor Cumberbatch is playing the genetically-engineered despot is the most persistent rumor about the new Trek film, but there have been other reports that Cumberbatch is playing Gary Mitchell, an Enterprise crew member and Academy friend of Capt. Kirk who goes Section 8 when he gets super-powers. There’s some dispute on that front too though as Mitchell was already introduced in the IDW comic, which is overseen by Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
But instead of clearing up the mystery, Cumberbatch continued his publicist approved, pre-arranged answer:
“[It’s] really, really good fun. It’s a great part and it’s really well written. I enjoyed the fights and the stunts, there’s lots of that and it really is proper action movie territory… [It’s] the stuff of dreams. I know it’s such a well-trodden, clichéd path, ‘Brit actor plays baddie in Hollywood’, but I channelled all of that and just really enjoyed it.”
More news as it…. Oh screw it! At this point I doubt we’ll know who the villain is even after the film opens. Which is May 17th, 2013, by the way.
Source: Screen Rant
Whoopsie. After all the rumors Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Khan in Star Trek 2 and all the denials they weren’t reviving the character, Karl Urban might have just let the real cat out of the bag. In an interview with SFX while promoting Dredd, Urban outright named Cumberbatch’s villain and it’s a character true Trekkies will remember.
Read on, if you dare.
Okay are your ready? Here comes the spoiler-filled quote,
He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.
Gary Mitchell. Some of you might be scratching your heads but let me elaborate a little more and you’ll be going, oh yeah, that guy! Appearing in the second pilot episode, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Mitchell is a friend of Kirk’s from his Academy days who is assigned to the Enterprise. On a mission they encounter a galactic barrier that somehow imbues Mitchell with god-like powers. Which then corrupt him and turn him evil.
Of course, Mitchell’s inclusion has already been denied by screenwriter Robert Orci, but whatever, I’m holding out hope this rumor is true. Mitchell sounds like a fascinating antagonist for Kirk, one that will affect him personally and will cause his character to grow and evolve, just like Chris Pine mentioned. And, I believe Mitchell will be a far more interesting character to see rebooted, where the idea of seeing Khan again just sounded like retreading too much familiar ground.
What d’ya think? Would Mitchel make the perfect villain for Star Trek 2? Wouldn’t it just be awesome to see Cumberbatch as an, almost, invincible god?
According to Ain’t It Cool News (via JoBlo) there are five characters from the original Star Trek series that rebooted Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci says are not in Star Trek 2.
You’ll notice that the one name is conspicuously absent from the list and is Khan Noonien Singh, the potential identity of the frequently debated about villain of the upcoming sequel that’s being played by Benedict Cumberbatch. I wouldn’t take this as confirmation though because I think at this point J.J. Abrams and the gang is having fun yanking the chains of over-anxious geeks.
So here is the Orci’s list:
1. Gary Mitchell – In the original series’ second episode, “Where No Man has Gone Before,” Mitchell is introduced as the Enterprise’s navigator and an old Academy friend of Kirk’s. After being exposed to the Galactic Barrier, Mitchell begins being consumed by god-like abilities, and Kirk is eventually forced to kill him on the surface of Delta Vega. Mitchell would be a compelling character for a villain in the sequel, but the story’s already been done in the IDW comic book follow-up to Star Trek. I highly doubt that Abrams et al would have allowed IDW to roll with the story if they were saving something for the movie.
2. Charlie X – From the episode of the same name, Charlie was a teenager who survived a transport ship crash as a 3-year-old, was stranded on an alien world, and given superpowers by disembodied aliens. The Enterprise is transporting him to relatives on a nearby world when the kid loses his $#!% and tries to take over the ship. As you may have notice, no teenage actor has been cast in Trek 2.
3. Ruk – An android from the episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” Technically, he kind of filled the sidekick role in the episode as the real antagonist was Dr. Roger Korby (former finance of Nurse Chapel), so it’s kind of heard to think this character would be the heavy in Trek 2.
4. Janice Rand – Rand was played by Grace Lee Whitney in several episodes of the original series and was a Yeoman, someone who does clerical or administrative work according to the U.S. Navy system of ranking. It would have been understandable to assume than maybe Rand had a part in the sequel because of the casting of Alice Eve, who, like Whitney back in the day, is a stacked blonde. But I guess it wasn’t met to be.
5. The Borg – Thank God! The Borg were done to death on Star Trek: Voyager and milked of any lasting villainy or conflict from their collective bad asses. Resistance, apparently, is consistently not futile. Besides, The Borg were Next Generation villains.