J.J. Abrams Dishes on Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison in 'Star Trek' Sequel
A day after the news broke that Benedict Cumberbatch's villainous character in "Star Trek Into Darkness" would be called John Harrison, director J.J. Abrams had a sit-down with MTV News to discuss who Harrison really was. The helmer, who's notoriously known for being highly secretive, refused to reveal the villain's true identity but did explain what make the "cool" character so important for the movie.
"Rather than answer anything that would give away the fun of the movie, I would say that the character that Benedict plays, he brings such an incredible power to it," Abrams said, letting fans continue their speculations on who Cumberbatch is actually playing. "His voice alone, I actually as a joke should have had him read the lunch menu," he added with a laugh.
Abrams went on sharing, "He makes anything sound great and brings such a force to it that hopefully when you see the movie, this character, all speculation aside, will be really compelling, not because of any connection to anything past, but because of who he is and what he brings to it."
Abrams' tight-lipped attitude sparked further speculation that the identity of Cumberbatch's mysterious villain would be part of the storyline as the character has his own hidden agenda. "The whole thing, not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret, all that is what, for me at least, makes him such a frightening and cool villain," Abrams responded to the issue.
"Also, the real villains - when they're not just two-dimensional, angry vengeful types - don't see themselves as the bad guy," he went on. "They are the good guy and have complete rationale and motivation. So true to form, the character that Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he's on the right side."
Furthermore, Abrams said of the film, "This movie was not made for 'Star Trek' fans; it was made for movie fans. But if you're a 'Star Trek' fan, I think you'll be really happy." He dished, "There's a lot of stuff in here for you, but we couldn't just make the movie only for fans of 'Star Trek.' The thing about the movie that I love also is that we didn't even make it for fans of the first movie we did."
"A lot of sequels I've seen tend to assume you love the characters and know them really well and get things off to a fast start where you don't have any sense of investing in the characters in the beginning, so we tried to treat this as a movie that works on its own. Certainly it's a sequel, certainly if you saw the first movie, great. You don't have to have seen the first film. This movie is its own thing, and there are definitely nods to prior 'Trek' lore in the film."
The "Star Trek" sequel will arrive in cinemas Stateside on May 17, 2013. It will follow the time when the crew of the Enterprise is called back home and they find that an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As the heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
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