[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4316:]]J.J. Abrams is having us play guessing games when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch’s character of the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness.
First it was said that Khan was the villain of the movie and then it was “leaked” that Cumberbatch will be playing the all-powerful Gary Mitchell.
Now with the new synopsis (below) revealed by Paramount, it could be any of the above two — or possibly a third?
How about the mad Star Fleet Captain, Garth of Izar?
In the third season episode of the original Star Trek television series, “Whom Gods Destroy,” the Enterprise was given a mission to take medicines to a planet where the Federation housed their criminally insane. One of the inmates happens to be a hero of Kirk’s — and one that has the power of shapeshifting!
Interestingly enough, Chris Pine recently mentioned a transformation that Benedict Cumberbatch undergoes, and didn’t Zachary Quinto say something about not wanting to play these types of characters again?
Currently, Quinto is playing a serial killer in American Horror Story: Asylum. “Asylum” being the key word. It could be that Cumberbatch’s characters shapeshifts into Spock (in the original it was Kirk), which would fit the bill about what Quinto said in regards to Spock – that he stated was taken out of context – about not wanting to play these types of characters again, as he played one in Heroes as well.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4317:]]We also know from set images that Benedict Cumberbatch wears a Star Fleet uniform and the synopsis does seem to suggest Garth of Izar more than Gary Mitchell.
We probably don’t have long to wait to find out as J.J. Abrams is premiering the first Star Trek Into Darkness footage on December 14th with the IMAX debut of The Hobbit.
Update: The Star Trek movie IDW comic books may further support this.
Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.
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When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find 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 our 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.