While I have been a little choppy when it’s come to uploading film and video game news recently, when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch and Star Trek Into Darkness I will make the time to write about it. The following article comes from superherohype:
“Following the reveal earlier this month that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness villain goes by the mysterious name of “John Harrison”, TrekMovie and GyaO! caught up with director J.J. Abrams and Cumberbatch himself.
“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 told GyaO!. “…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.”
“His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an… average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet,” Abrams explained to TrekMovie, “and he turns against the group because he has got this backstory 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 then they ever anticipated. ‘Into Darkness’ is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.”
Fans can catch a brief tease of Cumberbatch’s character on the big screen now as part of a nine-minute IMAX preview during digital screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (find the full list of participating theaters here). The full film hits theaters May 17, 2013.
You can read the full Abrams interview by clicking here and watch <GyaO!’s video interview in the player below.”
This John Harrison character is sounding more and more interesting by the day. The fact that this character is being compared to some of these iconic movie characters like Jack and Hannibal Lecter means that this character should be someone of some degree of danger and craziness too. He sounds great on paper, but it all depends on how he comes across in the film. I want a villain who has a horrible atmosphere to him and really does feel like he could destroy everything around him if given the chance. But this is BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH we’re talking about so I think we’ll be fine… Hopefully.