New Star Trek villain: Benedict Cumberbatch role at Star Trek Into Darkness as John Harrison explained

By on Dec 24, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Movies Comments

The identity of the new Star Trek villain has been finally revealed; more than two weeks after Paramount Pictures released the official Star Trek Into Darkness teaser announcement video. Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams and movie villain actor Benedict Cumberbatch were recently interviewed in Japan.

According to on Saturday, December 22, 2012, J.J. Abrams was interviewed by GyaO! of Japan and talked about the role of Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Star Trek movie. He revealed the Cumberbatch will play the role of John Harrison, and not Khan as earlier rumored. So who is John Harrison?

“He (John Harrison) 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.” J.J. Abrams was quoted s saying during the GyaO! interview.

J.J. Abrams also emphasized that those who will watch the Star Trek Into Darkness movie is not required to watch the first movie Star Trek, which was released on May 8, 2009 and reportedly made nearly $385.5 million in the worldwide box office with a budget of around $150 million.

“The characters are a group of people who have recently come together and find themselves up against this incredibly terrifying force.” Abrams added, who was with Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine (who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the movie) went to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago to promote the new Star Trek movie, which is being set for release on May 17, 2013.

JJ described the role in movie terms as a mixture of Hannibal Lector, Jack in the Shining and The Joker in Batman. There are sorts of levels to pitch in amongst quite a high bar as well to succeed in comparison to. It was a framework to understand this character before I saw the whole script.” Cumberbatch told GyaO!

“I would say he is three dimensional in a way that he has a purpose, unlike the villains can sometimes go in franchises where it is just the obstacle – just this immovable thing this entity in the way or destroying what the good guys do. This person has real purpose behind his actions – his intention.” Cumberbatch added.

Related Post: Star Trek Into Darkness teaser announcement released, with English and Japanese versions (Video)

Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness
(L-R) Zachary Quinto as Spock, Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison, and Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions

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