The internet has speculated and speculated (and speculated some more) about the villain Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. Recently, Paramount released a teaser, a trailer and a nine-minute preview … and all it did was generate more speculation!

The informative TrekMovie found a clip of Cumberbatch sitting down to discuss with a Tokyo journalist what Abrams told him about preparing to play the mysterious part. The actor said:
"When J.J. described the role to me … he described someone who was, in movie terms, a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in The Shining, and the Joker in Batman," Cumberbatch said. "He's someone who has enormous physical strength. He's someone who is incredibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism. He's also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way."

Abrams didn’t leave his actor hanging. He also spoke to GyaO! (via ComingSoon) about this character, saying:
"His name is John Harrison and he is sort of 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 U.S., our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. Into Darkness is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against."

So you’re telling us it isn’t Khan? I’m kidding. This is a lot of information to process, and it’s uncharacteristic of Abrams to cough up what sound like actual details. Specifics. What do you think of the villainous influences Abrams wanted Cumberbatch to bring to the role? Will they play well in the Star Trek universe? Do they help you get ready for Into Darkness, which will be in theaters next summer?

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