The final frontier will have to move on without the charismatic arch-nemesis Khan for now.
Benedict Cumberbatch who has landed a role in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” says he will not be playing the notorious fiend after a few rumors on the subject.
“A few have asked that which is strange”
Cumberbatch instead will play a more low-key role:
“I play John Harrison who’s a terrorist and an extraordinary character in his own right. He’s somebody who is not your two-dimensional cookie cutter villain.”
He went on to describe the perspective and drive of this newly-created character.
“He’s got an extraordinary purpose, and I hope that at one point or other in the film you might even sympathize with the reasons he’s doing what he’s doing — not necessarily the means and the destruction he causes. But it was a great ride, not just because he’s the bad guy and the antagonist but also because he has a purpose and it’s hard not to see his point of view at certain points.”
Even though the new Star Trek has been very successful and changed the most jaded of Trekkies to its favor, Cumberbatch was one of those who expressed trepidation concerning the new series.
“I wasn’t that interested in seeing a ‘Star Trek’ movie, I’ll be honest. It’s not out of any loathing of the genre or sci-fi or anything. I love it, but I just wasn’t that interested.”
But, after viewing the latest installment he became a believer:
“And lo and behold, then all the Trekkie in me was reborn as well and I was just over the moon excited about them all meeting for the first time.”
“Star Trek Into Darkness” will launch into theaters May 17, 2013.
Source: Access Hollywood