Benedict Cumberbatch on his Star Trek Into Darkness role

News Simon Brew
13 Dec 2012 - 07:13

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has clarified one or two things about his Star Trek Into Darkness villain...

Since he was cast, speculation has been rife that Benedict Cumberbatch’s real role in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has been Khan. In spite of this being denied (by Simon Pegg, if memory serves), said rumours haven’t gone away. And this week’s reveal of who he and particularly Alice Eve are playing in the new film has highlighted the links to Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan still further.

However, Cumberbatch’s character has been listed as John Harrison, and it’s still being widely assumed (and we’re guilty of this) that some misdirection is at work here. But the actor has spoken to Access Hollywood, and has adamantly ruled out that his character is Khan in disguise.

“A few have asked about that”, he told the show, when quizzed on whether he was Khan. “I play a character called John and not that other name”, he confirmed. “I play John Harrison, who’s a terrorist and an extraordinary character in his own right. He’s somebody who’s not your two-dimensional cookie cutter villain. He's got an extraordinary purpose, and I hope that at one point or other in the film you might even sympathise with the reasons he's doing what he's doing - not necessarily the means and the destruction he causes”.

It isn’t, however, Khan that many suspect is the true identity of Cumberbatch’s character. Internet tentacles, reliable as they, er, always are, have been pointing towards the classic Trek character Gary Mitchell. However, you never know, he might just playing John Harrison…

Star Trek Into Darkness is released in May 2013.


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