We still have five months to go before we officially find out the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain character in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and we’re already getting a little sick of hypothesizing and theorizing possibilities. Khan? Gary Mitchell? John Harrison? Enough already!
In anticipation of the nine-minute preview for “Into Darkness” in front of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with director J.J. Abrams and the cast of the sci-fi sequel to find out more about Gary “Khan” Harrison, or whatever his name is.
Abrams, being Abrams, deflected any direct question about the identity of John Harrison, instead focusing on the power of Cumberbatch’s performance.
“Rather than answer anything that would give away the fun of the movie, I would say that the character that Benedict plays, he brings such an incredible power to it. His voice alone, I actually as a joke should have had him read the lunch menu,” Abrams said. “He makes anything sound great and brings such a force to it that hopefully when you see the movie, 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.”
Unwilling to move an inch on his determined secrecy, Abrams promised that all of the mystery will be worth it when we finally see the finished product.
“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,” Abrams said. “Also, the real villains — when they’re not just two-dimensional, angry vengeful types — don’t see themselves as the bad guy. 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.”
“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens on May 17, 2013.
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