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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