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Cumberbatch Is A Mix Of Joker, Shining & Hannibal Lecter In Star Trek Into Darkness

Posted By: Staff
Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:18

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4841:]]Benedict Cumberbatch's character in Star Trek Into Darkness has finally become known, but we still don't know much about him.

Described as a terrorist that the audience may sympathize with, John Harrison is a member of Starfleet gone bad.

Somehow Harrison and Chris Pine, Captain Kirk, are led into direct conflict as it's hinted that they have some sort of shared past.

Now in a recent interview (via Trek Movie) Benedict Cumberbatch tells how director J.J. Abrams described the character to him.

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."

Interestingly enough, Abrams also added his own thoughts, which seems to contradict Cumberbatch's statements, adding that Harrison is average; however from the above, Harrison seems hardly that -- if at all.

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."

We can probably assume that everyone in Starfleet thought Harrison to be just average; however for some reason, he was just playing that role. Perhaps to possibly get deep within enemy territory?

Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.

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In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.