Star Trek Into Darkness: JJ Abrams on Benedict Cumbarbatch’s John Harrison

Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams on Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain

Zachary Quinto as Spock, Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison and Chris Pine as Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness director and all-round man of mystery JJ Abrams hasn’t ended the speculation surrounding villain John Harrison, played by otter-faced geek favourite Benedict Cumberbatch, but he has teased a few details.

Speaking to MTV, Abrams commented, “Rather than answer anything that would give away anything fun from the movie… the character that Benedict plays… he brings such an incredible power. His voice alone is unbelievable. He brings a force to it that when I think you see the movie hopefully this character, all speculation aside, will be really compelling. Not because of any connection to anything past, but because of who he is and what he brings to it.

“Not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret… all of that is what I think makes him such a frightening and cool villain,” continued the director. “But also, you know, a real villain that are not just two dimensional angry vengeful types don’t see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy, they’ve got complete rational and motivation. So I think true to form, the character Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he’s certainly on the right side.”

Star Trek Into Darkness is due in cinemas 17 May 2013. Pick up the first film on DVD for £5.09 or Blu-ray for £8.79 from