Benedict-Cumberbatch-in-Star-Trek-Into-DarknessJ.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is naturally one of the most anticipated films of the year, and for good reason. When it comes to blockbusters, Abrams knows what he’s doing.

The teaser trailer that debuted back in December gave us a brilliant look at the film, and got the anticipation rising. And the Super Bowl TV spot that aired over the weekend took things a step further.

One of the things that has remained a secret – Abrams is, of course, a master of secrecy when it comes to his projects – is the identity of our villain, Benedict Cumberbatch. Reports have suggested that his character is called John Harrison, but now it looks like the people behind the EW site may have slipped up and let the cat out of the bag.


According to the titling of the most recent issue of EW, which features two Star Trek Into Darkness covers, Cumberbatch will be playing Khan. There were plenty of rumours floating around that it was Khan that he’d be taking the role of before the name John Harrison surfaced, and they may well be right.

The slip should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt, though. For starters, the back issues website of EW isn’t necessarily a reliable source of information. Cumberbatch is listed as “Khan (rumoured)” on IMDb, and it could well be that the information for the title’s cover was taken from this page.

On the other hand, it would also be pretty entertaining if this is how Cumberbatch’s identity is revealed.

For the time being, this will have to remain a rumour. And it could well stay that way until the film’s release in May. Let the speculation continue.

Cumberbatch is joined by a stellar cast, headed up by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, and Noel Clarke.

Abrams is directing from a script penned by co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Damon Lindelof (Prometheus).

Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on 17th May in the UK and US, and you can bet that it’s going to be one of the busiest opening weekends of the year. More as we get it.



Source: Thanks to CBM for the heads up.