JJ Abrams Gives Details On Star Trek Into Darkness’ Villain
JJ Abrams’ secretive way of doing things doesn’t work worldwide apparently. In some countries, the style of creating buzz by not revealing anything turns movie goers off. Japan is one of those places. TrekMovie found an interview with the director where he actually talked in detail about the upcoming Star Trek sequel. These could be slight spoilers, but I think it’s safe to say Abrams wouldn’t have said anything too important.
The speculation on who Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing in the sequel has been at a fever pitch over the last week since the 9 minute preview ran with The Hobbit in IMAX theaters. Although it was announced he is playing John Harrison, many still think he is either Khan or Gary Mitchell. Abrams comments on how it’s not important whether you saw the first movie or not and Cumberbatch’s character while sticking with the John Harrison name:
So this movie doesn’t require you have seen the first movie. The characters are a group of people who have recently come together and find themselves up against this incredibly terrifying force. His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average – that is what makes him so scary – he is just an average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this back-story 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.
So John Harrison is an “average” guy who turns against Starfleet and attacks London and the US. That’s the most we’ve ever heard about the character and I’d say it is completely genuine. Although Abrams comments on the character, the debate about Cumberbatch will undoubtedly go on.
The director also talked about the movie going experience and how he has started to come around on the 3D phenomenon, but it was his comments on the infamous lens flares that are worth repeating:
When we made the first Star Trek we never added lens flares, it was always ‘in camera.’ And I do love them and I know I get beaten up some times because of it. But it actually works pretty well in conversion.
I don’t think we need to comment on the lens flare bit, we all have heard the jokes and criticisms. If you want to read the rest of the director’s answers, you can click here. So there you have it- the most detailed answer we’ve ever heard about the sequel’s villain. Do you think it’s a closed case on Star Trek Into Darkness, or does the Abrams conspiracy continue?
Source : Trek Movie