Benedict Cumberbatch on Star Trek Into Darkness

News Simon Bew
12/7/2012 at 10:38PM

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his character in JJ Abrams' Star Trek sequel. Plus, news on trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness.

The publicity engine for JJ Abrams' Star Treksequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, was fired up earlier this week with the release of the teaser poster for the movie. This Thursday, a teaser trailer is being released online. Then, next week the first nine minutes of the film are being attached to certain IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We understand that a further, longer trailer will follow that.

This Thursday's is hardly a trailer for a trailer then, thank goodness. Ten second previews of movie trailers are not a trend we want to encourage.

Elsewhere on the publicity trail, though, the preview of the film was screened at an embargoed press event in Japan, which also featured a Q&A. TrekMovie has picked up a translation of what Benedict Cumberbatch had to say at the event, where he gave a few clues as to his character.

"I was a fan of the [first JJ Abrams Star Trek movie], so I was pleased when I got the offer. But I know the second one will become far-bigger scale, so I felt terror instantly", he admitted.

Turning to his character, he revealed that "he is very ruthless…he is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain but the actions he takes has intent and reason. He is a complicated character not to be judged by white-or-black, or good-or-evil. But this is the appeal of JJ’s works and I felt challenge as an actor".

We look forward to finding out a little more, quite possibly by the end of the week...