The newest edition of Empire magazine is a must-grab for Star Trek fans; it features a preview for Star Trek Into Darkness including different covers (just look at Benedict Cumberbatch), stills from the movie, and a new description of the plot:
with Earth under terrorist attack from Benedict Cumberbatch’s ex-Starfleet employee John Harrison, Kirk is this time forced into a rash decision that breaks a critical Starfleet command, puts his crew in danger & costs him his captain’s chair. Now out of uniform and dressed down in space civvies of black leather jackets and boots, our three heroes have separated from the Enterprise and headed off on a mission to try and rectify his mistake…
To add to the Star Trek goodness, J.J. Abrams talked with GyaO! of Japan and discussed John Harrison (Cumberbatch’s character). Since there hasn’t been a reveal stating otherwise I’m guessing that is indeed who he is playing.
His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average –- 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 then they ever anticipated. “Into Darkness” is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.
Cumberbatch also told the same outlet that Abrams described the character of Harrison as a mixture of “Hannibal Lecter, Jack in The Shining, and the Joker in Batman.” It sounds like things are going to get very interesting.
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