J.J. Abrams discusses Star Trek Into Darkness villain

Sheds some light on Benedict Cumberbatch’s role

Ever since Benedict Cumberbatch was cast in Star Trek Into Darkness, the chatter concerning his character’s identity has been ceaseless. Is he Khan? Is he not Khan? Is “John Harrison” just a pseudonym?

And while director J.J. Abrams has kept his cards too close to his chest for too long to give anything major away now, he has been discussing the character in a new interview that contains a few interesting tidbits of info.

“His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average," says Abrams. "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.”

“After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing than they ever anticipated. Into Darkness is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.”

Perhaps Harrison is just an average Joe then, after all… although it really wouldn’t be beyond Abrams to be spinning some ongoing misdirection in advance of the film’s big release…

We’ll find out for sure when Star Trek Into Darkness opens in the UK on 17 May 2013.

Do you think Abrams is telling the truth or just spinning us a line? Tell us, below!


    • FBBDuke

      Dec 24th 2012, 11:38

      i read recently that Benicio Del Toro was approached to play the villain...he,s hispanic origin...Ricardo Montalban....the original Khan is also hispanic origin!...they couldnt get Benicio for some reason, so they re cast using Benedict....the villain is KHAN !

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    • FBJRider

      Dec 24th 2012, 17:51


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    • StarkTony

      Dec 25th 2012, 0:46

      In every single trailer, the Enterprise crashes into the harbor.... Does that imply that we'll get to see the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-A

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 25th 2012, 1:17

      Ricardo Montalban did a perfect job with Khan, we don't need to see that character again.

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    • rachelsmith77

      Dec 25th 2012, 2:25

      I really like that J.J has yet to reveal the new villain, all of the mystery makes him even more intriguing. A coworker at DISH and I have been endlessly debating on who we think he will end up being. But with Khan being denied, we can’t come to a conclusion. To cope with the wait to learn more, we have decided to re-watch the older Star Trek movies using Blockbuster@Home from DISH. I am really glad that it’s so easy to get the movies delivered in just 1-3 days through the mail. But it’s also nice having the option of unlimited exchanges in a Blockbuster store. It’s amazing how much darker this movie seems from the previous film. I can’t wait to find out more about this villain, and his reason for causing the chaos in this new movie.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 26th 2012, 14:05

      I hope its not Kahn, that would be lazy and predictable. JJ Abrams doesnt do either, so unlikely.

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