Actor Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Inspiration For Villain In 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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Who is actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing in Star Trek Into Darkness? What is the scope of his role? Is he Khan, or will he be playing the part of an entirely new villainous character in the upcoming film? Little specifics are known about the part Cumberbatch will be playing, but fans have spent plenty of time speculating since promotional photographs for the film began to trickle out onto the web. And although the actor has yet to reveal very much information about his role, he has given fans a bit of a clue. In a recent interview, Cumberbatch discusses where he drew his inspiration from when he was studying the part. According to the actor, the best inspiration was ripped from the headlines: to prepare for 'John Harrison' Cumberbatch looked at "real social history and present history for inspiration.

…Real social history and present history, everything that's going on: uprisings, people who are trying to spread democracy or fight their cause, not necessarily through political means ... he is a terrorist, and sadly, that's part of the fabric of our modern world. You don't need to look far to research that one.

Yes, I did look at certain terrorist groups and the way they operated. But it was important for me to ground him in a reality which was based more on his story than say a parallel in the real world, but certainly what should be chilling is the parallels that you by necessity draw because there are such strong ones with the modern world and this story.

While that doesn't give us much information in terms of the character's identity, it does give us a bit more insight into the general scope and direction of the film. Clearly, Cumberbatch's character is a terrorist and it will be interesting to see whether the character manages to inspire a sort of "uprising" against Captain Kirk in the upcoming movie. What do you think? Do you believe that the film's antagonist is an entirely new character to the Star Trek universe, or do you believe we've seen him before?

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#1 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (35045 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Abrams doesn't leave Trek for Wars

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#2 Posted by Matchstick (565 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I hope Abrams doesn't leave Trek for Wars

AMEN! I'm hoping he just juggles them both.

#3 Posted by sora_thekey (8185 posts) - - Show Bio

@Matchstick said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I hope Abrams doesn't leave Trek for Wars

AMEN! I'm hoping he just juggles them both.

Amen!

#4 Posted by Mucklefluga (2602 posts) - - Show Bio

@Matchstick said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I hope Abrams doesn't leave Trek for Wars

AMEN! I'm hoping he just juggles them both.

Cross-over !!

#5 Posted by Spideycap (212 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mucklefluga said:

@Matchstick said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I hope Abrams doesn't leave Trek for Wars

AMEN! I'm hoping he just juggles them both.

Cross-over !!

Yes Please!

#6 Posted by Onemoreposter (4101 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm still hoping he's Gary Mitchell, though it's looking less and less likely.

#7 Posted by regrivett (50 posts) - - Show Bio

I still think that it is Picard. That would be the craziest thing that JJ Arams could do. Pitting one Captain against another is what we all want to see.

#8 Posted by JamesKM716 (1995 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm thinking that it's Gary Mitchell, but he could be Khan or Robert April.

Still, hoping for Mitchell.

#9 Posted by TheMess1428 (2176 posts) - - Show Bio

HE IS Q FROM NEXT GENERATION!

#10 Posted by feargalr (1157 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Abrams leaves Trek for Wars

#11 Posted by csl316 (170 posts) - - Show Bio

Benedict is an excellent person. Sherlock is one hell of a show, with him and Martin Freeman seeming like the definitive versions of their characters. Sorry, Lucy Liu :(

Can't wait to see what he brings to the table. It seems like we'll get something in the vein of Ledger's Joker, or Alpha in Dollhouse's best episode (A Love Supreme).

#12 Posted by Chibi-Iroh (381 posts) - - Show Bio

@Matchstick: He seriously cannot juggle both Star Wars and Star Trek.

#13 Posted by Matchstick (565 posts) - - Show Bio

@Chibi-Iroh said:

@Matchstick: He seriously cannot juggle both Star Wars and Star Trek.

Sure he can. There is absolutely no reason he couldn't directors juggle multiple films all the time.

#14 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

For the upteenth time people, Cumberpatch is playing Gary Mitchell...even Karl Urban confirmed this in an interview not too long ago! "John Harrison" is simply disinformation at this point. Of course, with how Cumberpatch talks here it does sound like Khan, but that would be quite impossible for this story. And Abrams is going to do BOTH SW and ST.

#15 Posted by hunter5024 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

Benedict Cumberbatch: The World's Most British Name

#16 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

@Matchstick: concur

#17 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedheadedAtrocitus: It's not impossible for it to be Khan. All they need is the name Khan and it's him. In fact, if the name they are listing him as, is not the name of the actual character then who else but Khan could it be.

#18 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

@JamDamage: I'm more than willing to bet the farm that it is Gary Mitchell. If it is Khan it will be the most surprising thing ever in film history I say. Not saying it couldn't be but just what we have seen in the trailers and teasers and all that makes me look at the similarities between "John Harrison" and Gary Mitchell.

#19 Posted by Matchstick (565 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

@JamDamage: I'm more than willing to bet the farm that it is Gary Mitchell. If it is Khan it will be the most surprising thing ever in film history I say. Not saying it couldn't be but just what we have seen in the trailers and teasers and all that makes me look at the similarities between "John Harrison" and Gary Mitchell.

C'mon man, it wouldn't even be close to the most surprising thing in film history. Judging by the enchanced abilities he displays in the trailer I'm guessing it's either Khan, or one of the other guys from the Eugenics Wars that was in suspended animation with him.

I'm curious why you think it's Mitchell. Most people I've talked to site the blonde that appears in the trailer, but if you look closely during the first film she's actually an existin member of the Enterprise's bridge crew.

#20 Posted by YourCounterpoint (40 posts) - - Show Bio

Abrams. You have the once in a life time chance to be master of 2 of the worlds most famous SF series. We all have faith in you. Now tell us who the hell Cumberbatch is playing. Is it Sherlock? I bet it's sherlock.

#21 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

@Matchstick: Well let me put it this way...one of the original indications of the Mitchell idea may have been Alice Eve playing a character that bore a very, VERY close resemblance to Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, but we now know that her character is instead Carol Marcus that we remember from the Wrath of Khan movie. So obviously then Alice Eve's character can't be the indication. Truth is I'm just thinking it is now because in some of the shots where we see Cumberpatch bringing forth destruction it seems that he is wielding psionic abilities, which was very indicative of what Gary Mitchell attained during the TOS episode Where No Man Has Gone Before. Again, might just be misinterpreted from my point of view but it just seems that from this we are going to see Mitchell as our main bad guy...though I would be intrigued if "John Harrison" turned out to be one of the other Augments from the 20th century too...

#22 Posted by GodOfMischief (641 posts) - - Show Bio

He's not a new character, he's someone within the canon. I don't think it's Khan, as this character is or was in Starfleet.

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