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Benedict Cumberbatch ‘irritated’ by Star Trek villain mystery

- January 7th, 2013

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You have to give director J.J. Abrams credit. Despite oodles of Internet speculation, he has managed to keep the identity of the villainous character Benedict Cumberbatch plays in this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness a secret.

Some Trekkies went into a tizzy after a trailer last month hinted at Khan, while others speculated that Cumberbatch will be playing Gary Mitchell, who appeared in the episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Despite all the talk, Abrams’ secret is remarkably still safe. And it’s killing Cumberbatch.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Cumberbatch called the secrecy surrounding his role “achingly irritating.”

“Believe me, I’d rather talk about the role and the fantastic story and all the things J.J. [Abrams] has come up with. And then everyone would be as excited about the film as I am.”

Praising Abrams’ ability to keep his last film, 2011′s Super 8, under wraps, Cumberbatch added: “Mystique is rare now, isn’t it? There aren’t that many enigmas in this modern world. Myself, I quite enjoyed seeing Super 8 and not knowing the story and then being mesmerized by it … [but] we live in the modern world, which is a place of oversaturation and now people, especially Trekkies, want to know everything before they witness it themselves. It’s strange to me. I think of it as a kid having a box of chocolates and not knowing what’s good for them. They eat three and they keep eating as they get sick… and the candy is gone.”

So with that said, what do you think of Trek bosses being all mysterious about the series’ next villain? Should Abrams just reveal who Cumberbatch is playing, or do you want to be surprised when the film opens May 17? Let us know in the comments.

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5 comments

  1. George Lucas | January 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    The villain is ……”Gene Rodenberry!!!!”. He plays a ghost trying to reclaim his hallowed franchise so it actually aligns with it real intent.

  2. James | January 8, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Surprises rock. I hate when trailers give away too much.

  3. Will | January 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    @”George Lucas” – I love it! That is the greatest description of the next movie’s villain that I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d be falling over myself laughing except that I need to stay sitting so that I can type! :-)

    And here I thought that I was the only dissenting voice against the JJ Abrams kidnapping of Rodenberry’s work.

  4. Trevor | January 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I think that the villian is Zefram Cochrane. Since the actor playing the villian is young, I would then conclude that it is actually the Zefram Cochrane from the Star Trek episode “Metamorphosis”.

  5. Allen | January 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Yes it’s Gene Roddenberry. It all makes sense now. Who else knows Star Trek inside and out like Gene. Who else could lay waste to all those flying apple stores with photon torpedoes. Kids give up the helm and let the real personnel work the ships

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