Details have emerged about the unknown villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s still unclear who the villain is. However, GyaO! (via TrekMovie) caught up with director J.J. Abrams and Cumberbatch himself, and while we know the name of the villain (John Harrison), we know little else.
The video interview is, unfortunately, private, and can’t be viewed. However, tidbits of information from the interview (the questions were apparently in Japanese anyway, without subtitles) were revealed on Sunday.
Cumberbatch described Harrison — who some believe is a codename or cover for Khan, from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and the Original Series — as follows:
When J.J. described the role to me… he described someone who was, in movie terms, a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in “The Shining,” and the Joker in “Batman.”
He’s someone who has enormous physical strength. He’s someone who is incredibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism. He’s also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way.
It doesn’t sound like Khan, and Simon Pegg (Scotty) has already said it wasn’t Khan. There have been suspicions the villain would be would be Gary Mitchell, or someone with the powers of Gary Mitchell. That is still a possibility, based on what Abrams added.
So this movie doesn’t require you have seen the first movie. The characters are a group of people who have recently come together and find themselves up against this incredibly terrifying force. His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average -– that is what makes him so scary -– he is just an average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this back-story and this kind of amazing secret agenda.
After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the U.S., our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. “Into Darkness” is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is out in theaters on May 17, 2013. The highly anticipated sequel stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve (as a possible link to Gary Mitchell), and Peter Weller.