J.J. Abrams And Benedict Cumberbatch Talk Star Trek Into Darkness Villain


After a bit of silence, Star Trek Into Darkness information is finally coming out. We got the official synopsis, the announcement about the trailer and footage being shown with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, and the teaser poster that was released just a few days ago. While that is several items, we still don’t know an awful lot about the film. J.J. Abrams, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Chris Pine recently appeared in Tokyo to promote the film to the Asian press. While there, the director and new addition to the cast Cumberbatch spoke a little about the villain of the sequel.

While in Tokyo, the trio showed off the 9 minutes of footage to the Asian press. They all seem to have stayed true to the embargo and no descriptions of the footage has been seen, so we’ll have to wait for The Hobbit to see or hear anything about it. TrekMovie.com translated the comments from the trio there, so there may be a little lost in translation. Cumberbatch talks about getting the offer to play the villain and what type of character he is:

I was a fan of the [2009 Star Trek], so I was pleased when I get the offer. But I know the second one will become far-bigger scale, so I felt terror instantly.

He is very ruthless…He is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain but the actions he takes has intent and reason. He is a complicated character not to be judged by white-or-black, or good-or-evil. But this is the appeal of J.J.’s works and I felt challenge as an actor.

Abrams stated that the film is filled with action, adventure, and unexpected thrills. When asked what the overall theme for the sequel would be, he said that it came down to “whatever you can do for someone you love.” He also added to Cumberbatch’s comments on the characters ambiguity:

The character is a villain and scary, but I was looking for an actor with humanity who audiences can sympathies with. When I saw Benedict in Sherlock, I wanted to convince him whatever it took. I expected a lot from him, but Benedict responded by acting beyond my expectations.” (to which Cumberbatch responded “This may be better than Sherlock. (laughs)

The director also addressed the title choice. Star Trek Into Darkness made some people scratch their heads when it was announced. He stated the title is very reflective of the movie:I would avoid saying ‘Part 2′ and hate titles with colons. This time, each characters steps deeper into darkness. It reflects that.

To read the full rundown with a few words from Chris Pine, you can click here. If you watch Cumberbatch in Sherlock, you know he can give a great performance. If he said it’s better than that show, he is really making a bold statement. With his comments, many feel strongly that he will end up playing Gary Mitchell. I’ll admit I’m not up on the character, but he was a Starfleet officer who was a friend of Kirk. He gained, basically, superpowers and went a little evil. You can read up on him at the Star Trek wiki right here. What do you think? Are you liking what you’re hearing about the sequel?

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Source : Trek Movie