Benedict Cumberbatch Teases ‘Iconic’ and ‘Exciting’ Villain in ‘Star Trek 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

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J.J. Abrams has kept things so air-tight on Star Trek 2 (including the official title) that fans have been left with little to do beyond carrying on with occasionally-heated debates about the merits of (or lack thereof) its predecessor – not to mention, continued a guessing about who Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is playing.

What we do know for certain is that returning screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci spent upwards of a year perfecting the story for Star Trek 2, so the reboot sequel can meet and/or exceed expectations. The pair collaborated on the script with Damon Lindelof; that’s either a good or bad thing, depending on which side of the Prometheus debate you fall on.

The Star Trek 2 cast and crew has been united in their efforts to shoot down the Khan rumors; later on, in regards to the possibility of Gary Mitchell as the bad guy, Karl Urban (jokingly?) said “yes” while Orci said “no.” Dedicated Trekkies were quick to shoot down the Mitchell rumors, as he has already been featured in the Star Trek tie-in comics. However, Khan has been rumored, denied, and rumored again far too many times to keep track.

At this point, it’s difficult to say who’s more tired of the process: the Trek fanbase or the persistently-questioned cast. Cumberbatch said as much during a recent interview with Short List, when asked about his role in the Trek sequel:

“Yep, it’s yet another thing I can’t talk about [laughs]. I’ll tell you this, it’s iconic and it’s exciting. I’m bored of denying that it’s Khan now, because people keep saying it.”

Perhaps the anxiety over the new Star Trek villain can be attributed to the first film – which featured a baddie in the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana), who arguably does not stack up well against the Trek villains of yore. Hence, fans have reason to be nervous about whether or not that aspect will be improved in the followup.

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Other than the above-mentioned villain worries, fans of Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise have little reason to not be excited about the sequel. To be fair, though, that is partly because nothing in the way of concrete information or details have been revealed (much less a trailer or teaser footage).

Cumberbatch likewise has yet to divulge any Star Trek 2 secrets; though, he did offer the following PR-friendly, but still enthusiastic, assurance:

“[It's] really, really good fun. It’s a great part and it’s really well written. I enjoyed the fights and the stunts, there’s lots of that and it really is proper action movie territory… [It's] the stuff of dreams. I know it’s such a well-trodden, clichéd path, ‘Brit actor plays baddie in Hollywood’, but I channelled all of that and just really enjoyed it.”

It’s encouraging to know an actor of Cumberbatch’s caliber is duking it out with the Enterprise crew in the Trek sequel. That’s reason enough to remain excited, as far as this writer is concerned.

Star Trek 2 flies into theaters on May 17th, 2013.


Source: Short List [via CBM]

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  1. One would think that something should be coming soon in terms of a trailer or teaser. Clearly Abrams is taking the opposite approach to Nolan and being extremely secretive about any details coming out about the production. Few leaked set photos, no extras or bit players posting too many details on Twitter, etc. Unlike The Dark Knight Rises where they seemed to outright invite people to video record scenes being filmed, and we got perhaps a bit too many official and unofficial set and production photos.

    • Everything you said didn’t happen until a month before release. this movie comes our in may, once January hits it Will blow up. not to mention it has the advantage of not filming in the streets of populated cities

    • Plus the general public has no trek knowledge me included. even if someone is like hey I’m in star trek as the villain we would all go umm no clue who it may be. star trek is more hidden to audiences than batman. but hey JJ is getting it done, should be great.

  2. I had no problem with the villain in the first one so that is no concern of mine. I hope we get a teaser or trailer soon.

  3. Really? Who the f*** cares about the comic tie in? Normal people see it in theaters, forget about it, and don’t realize there is a comic tie in going on. It’s gonna be Gary Mitchell & Elizabeth Dehner in the next one.

  4. Speaking as a fan of the reboot, I’m very excited for this. And no matter how you count, it is an even numbered Trek film. There is an axiom for this: Even Numbered Trek Films Don’t Suck.

    • I remember when that was true.

  5. Just tired of all the secrecy surrending the villain in this film. Why? It’s a freaken movie for cryin out loud, not a plan to attack Iran.

  6. I thought Nero was a fine villain. And besides, since the focus of the plot was getting the members of the crew together, the story didn’t have time to have a baddie would take *too* much screen time. Now they can go all “Wrath of Khan”–with or without Khan–and have a nemesis who takes center stage.

  7. Well obviously the title of the film is a huge spoiler to who the villan is, which is why they won’t tell us yet. The whole “iconic” thing only points to a few villans and Gary Mitchell is not considered an iconic villan. If its not Kahn they why did they try and get del toro for the part ? Smoke and mirrors.

    • Why did they get a pale white guy to play Khan Noonien Singh? He’s not Khan.

      • Because he’s an actor, and that means playing a character. ‘Viva Zapata’ and ‘Touch Of Evil’ both had pale white guys playing Mexicans as the lead: Marlon Brando and Charleton Heston, respectively. I’m sure Mr. Cumberbatch will be judged more by his performance than by the color of his skin.

      • Khan was a Sikh and they are Caucasian.

        • I really hope you guys aren’t too disappointed when it is finally revealed that he is not Khan…

          • And I hope that YOU aren’t too disappointed when it’s revealed that he IS. ;)

  8. If it aint Khan then I’m feeling Harry Mudd..very iconic and very much needed to add some humor and deception…

  9. Originally there was a statement from Cimeblend that said that the Villian would not be Khan, but one of (if not all of) the following five possibilities…

    Trelene, Harry Mudd, Gary Mitchell, The Talosians, T’Pring…

    That’s not to say that Khan couldn’t be in the movie, but knowing Bad Robot well, when they explore multiple universe, they play with the idea of “role shifts”…So Khan could be in it, but he may not be the antagonist this time around

  10. It’s the Wrath of Joachim. LOL

  11. He was one of us but wasn’t like us and so became the mirror image of us, equal in all ways but opposite…

    In the future do you really need a starship and a highly trained crew to stop one villain?

  12. At least he didn’t get all annoyed and agitated about like Simon Pegg.

    The fans want to know, give us something, surely a teaser trailer is long overdue.

    • You’re right, and yet I can kind of get it, waiting for until/during the holidays, after all the hoopla has blown over for all the other fall movies, Trek may have next summer to do with as it pleases.

  13. “Perhaps the anxiety over the new Star Trek villain can be attributed to the first film – which featured a baddie in the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana), who arguably does not stack up well against the Trek villains of yore.”

    I entirely disagree with that, Bana’s Nero was a really good villain.

    Hopefully they will have a stinkin trailer out soon.

  14. wow,it sounds very well.

  15. Don’t think Benedict Cumberbatch says ‘bored of’. Bad grammar doncherknow. Must be a misquote or not said at all.