Simon Pegg on Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek role

News Simon Brew 30 May 2012 - 06:13

As he arrives back in the UK after filming the Star Trek sequel, Simon Pegg has been putting the record straight about where Benedict Cumberbatch fits in...

The main production shoot is done, with JJ Abrams and his team now embarking on the lengthy post production work needed to bring the Star Trek sequel to cinemas next summer. That means, though, that the likes of Simon Pegg, Noel Clarke and Benedict Cumberbatch are back in the UK (temporarily at least!) now that their main shooting duties are over with.

And a new interview with Pegg has popped up, over at The Telegraph. It's mainly to promote his upcoming movie, A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, but inevitably, the chat turns to Star Trek. And he puts the record straight with regards the role of Benedict Cumberbatch in the film. "It's not Khan", he affirms. "That's a myth. Everyone's saying it is, but it's not".

So: if not Khan, then who is Cumberbatch playing? "Obviously I can't talk about it", Pegg replies. But he does tease that Cumberbatch's character is "not just another disgruntled alien. It's really interesting... sort of... thing".

It leaves us not much the wiser, but then the covers have been firmly pulled over the movie as much as possible, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. You can't say that's a bad thing, either.

Still, let the speculation commence. If Cumberbatch isn't playing Khan, then who is he? Over to you...

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Gary Mitchell.

Hopefully some new badass we haven't heard of before in the Trek Verse.

A Vulcan of some sort. That's my prediction until any photos emerge of his ears. I'm guessing he'll have pretty complex motivations, and someone totally original to Star Trek.

Gary Mitchell?


Benedict's Mum let slip to a fan at the baftas that he was due to fly back to LA for few more days on Star Trek. Its probably ADR work but maybe some extra scenes theyve decided to do.


I think Pegg just meant that they werent refilming Wrath of Khan. The journalist probably coudnt resist sensationalising the comment and twisting it out of context.  Its Khan but maybe not the old version.

Yeah, Gary Mitchell

My money's on his character being "Wesley Crusher" - from the future or something... with a robot hand... and a goatee.

Gary Seven retconned as a  bad ass future fixer

I'm so glad he isn't Khan.

although sybok could make sense. a new kind of vulcan philosophy post-vulcan-kapowy

 interesting idea - the Vulcan holocaust could lead some Vulcan survivors to conclude that logic was meant to save them from themselves, but could not save them from outsiders. Surak's philosophy is therefore invalid in the new Vulcan reality.
Or maybe , since Romulus still exists in this timeframe, they may rejoin their Romulan "cousins", re-unification.
Which leads me to ask - since Vulcan's destruction was revenge for Spock's future actions, wouldn't every Romulan : a) leave the planet and re-locate b) try to track down Spock?
It's early and like Janeway, temporal paradoxes give me a headache, so I may be wrong.......

My guess would be Sybok --  "not just another disgruntled alien. It's really interesting... sort of... thing." And there is certainly a resemblance between Cumberbatch and Spock and Sarek. The character could be resentful of Spock and perhaps blame him for not defending Vulcan. Sybok's mother was a Vulcan princess, so perhaps she was on the planet when it was destroyed? He seeks vengeance, but things are complicated by the fact that Spock and he are half-brothers, validating Pegg's cryptic "not just another disgruntled alien" comment. Just an idea...

A lot of people suggesting Gary Mitchell (and I'd like that) but the Gary Mitchell story has been reworked in the comic book series and JJ regards them as semi-canon for the new series I've heard it say.Of course with the new universe they surely would have no need to go to the edge of the galaxy so Gary Mitchell would just stay an ordinary crew member.

Lets hope Sybok was on Vulcan when it was destroyed then and hadn't gone off on his adventures yet.

Surely they can't refilm Wrath of Khan without refilming Space Seed first.

Wouldn't Sybok have been destroyed too had he been on Vulcan?! :P

Or do you mean he was there just long enough to see its demise?

I never liked the whole concept of Sybok in the original movie, I just don't want to see him again lol.

Haha, part V is the only movie I didn't watch! I just couldn't bear to watch it all the way through and switched it off! Maybe I should go back and give it another go... But that's not to say that Sybok couldn't be reinterpreted effectively in Abram's version ;)

Thank f**k he's not Khan

Can understand the Khan talk but at the same time he's such a great actor (for those of you who do not know.  Everyone working on the movie know it) and if it was to be Khan i bet he could do it.  But i think Simon is right and it's whoever else.  One thing tho whatever it is he will Not disappoint.  He's going to be the talk of the movie, as he is now, and even more so when its out.

Hes Sherlock whos escaped from the holodeck! 

Gorn - they'll add the effects over his body in post production. 

 'Evil' Robot hand.

I find it amusing that all anyone can talk about, concerning Star Trek, is Cumberbatch. He seems to have captured the imaginations of everyone.
There is something special about him though. I really suprised myself, when I left the cinema, which was showing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and saying to myself that a film with the acting talents of Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, were all out done by a certain Benedict Cumberbatch. I have the feeling I will be saying the same thing, when I walk out of Star Trek 2.

At least its not Khan as that would have been lazy. could the character possibly be Kirk's brother? 

Maybe he's the creator of more "Brown Matter", after the first film!

He is going to be Trevor. An angry Milkman who seeks the £3.75 Kirk owes him for last weeks round. He's more angry because he ran over his cat by accident.


He's a whale from the 20th Century

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