If Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan Noonien Singh in the upcoming "Star Trek 2," no one is willing to admit it. Not even film star Chris Pine or one of the film's writers, Alex Kurtzman, who talked about Cumberbatch's performance in recent interviews.
"Sequels are about your bad guy," Kurtzman recently told Cinema Blend. "Because your first movie is always about the becoming of [the hero] and your bad guy has to test that hero in a very significant way. And he's an incredibly formidable presence. He's amazing. Are you going to be scared of him? Shit yeah!"
Cumberbatch who is probably best known for playing the title role in the BBC series "Sherlock," was not exactly the first choice to play this villain. In fact, it's been reported that Oscar winner Benicio del Toro was offered the part first, but turned it down, leaving the door open for Cumberbatch to do a last-minute, Christmas audition on his iPad to land this secretive role.
But if you ask Kurtzman (or just about anyone else involved in the film), that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Cumberbatch is "a genius," Kurtzman said. "There are certain actors who have the ability to take a line of dialogue and add a ring to it that you didn't even know you put into the dialogue, into the line. And he's one of those really brilliant actors. Just listening to him talk ... you could enjoy him reading the phone book."
Pine, who reprises his role as Capt. James T. Kirk, also couldn't help but gush about the man who is playing his nemesis this time around.
"He's one mean dude," Pine told E! Online about Cumberbatch's character. "Wait till people see. He's going to knock it out of the park, I promise."
Pine added that "Star Trek 2" is going to be "bigger and brighter, faster and louder, on the effects side. And on the character side, these characters are all still on their journey to becoming the crew that we know and love from the original series."
Rumors continue to circulate that we could see a teaser trailer for "Star Trek 2" as early as Thanksgiving, with an official title being released at the beginning of fall.
No matter what it's called, or the name of Cumberbatch's character, "Star Trek 2" opens May 17 everywhere.
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