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Star Trek villain a mix of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in ‘The Shining,’ and the Joker

December 23rd, 2012 by bash Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed more about his character in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Many online sites have been speculating that the villain in JJ Abrams’ sequel would be the infamous Khan, however the English actor recently revealed that this wasn’t the case.

Over the weekend Cumberbatch chatted with GyaO! (via TrekMovie) about the role.

He 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’. 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.”

Abram added: “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 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.”

Star Trek Into Darkness hits cinema screens in May, 2013.

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