JJ Abrams on Benedict Cumberbatch & Star Trek Into Darkness

News Simon Brew 12 Dec 2012 - 06:46

Director JJ Abrams has been chatting about his new Star Trek sequel, and Benedict Cumberbatch's villain...

The 'announcement' trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness that was released last week finally gave us a first proper look at Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in the new movie. His casting is one of the many reasons we're keen to see the film, and we learned yesterday that his character's name is reportedly 'John Harrison' (although there's some suspicion that misdirection may be at work there).

MTV has also now caught up with director JJ Abrams, who's been talking about the film, and about Cumberbatch's villain in it.

"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", said the director. "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".

Of the actor himself? "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".

Benedict Cumberbatch offering bacon sandwiches, anyone?

Abrams also confirmed that "this movie was not made for Star Trek fans; it was made for movie fans", adding "but if you're a Star Trek fan, I think you'll be really happy ... there are definitely nods to prior Trek lore in the film".

Star Trek Into Darkness is set for release next May. Here's the piece at MTV.

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I like that point "Star Trek is for movie fans" You see, I'm a trekker but I have no inconvenients if there is a Khan or Mitchell or Izhar or Whoever the bad guy would be as far as the story is convincent and entertaining.
And of course, Benedict Cumberbatch can sell me everything, I would buy.

I agree with Jane. I'm a fan of Star Trek, not a fanatic. I don't mind changes. And Benedict Cumberbatch will definitely steal the show, amazing actor.

Depends on whether this movie will be dumbed down syfy as opposed to the kind of sci-fi that Star Trek can produce as to whether I will like it.

What's needed is a combination of Abrams' Mission Impossible sensibilities married to a credible concept that sets it apart from other action movies set in space/the future. I would be excited to something like that.

My feeling though is that he's going down the Space Opera route with Star Trek which seems unnecessary to me as we have Star Wars for that.

Well I'm a fan, and I don't mind changes, but it seems a pretty big pill to have to swallow nonetheless. What he means by "movie fans" is more akin to 'big, dumb, summer spectacular' fans than anything else. Meaning, it's yet more MTV-style 'booty-call Trek'. Well fup that ship for starters.

I'm a big fan of Star Trek and I really enjoyed the last film. If JJ an deliver more of the same and with a better bad guy then I'm all in!

The trailer looked pretty good and i enjoyed the last film even though the plot felt as though it was recycled from star trek nemesis. What i would really like to see is another star trek TV show on the air.

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