This story could contain spoilers for the upcoming "Star Trek 2."
There have been a number of names circulating over who exactly Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in the upcoming "Star Trek 2." And while it seems that Khan Noonien Singh has been dismissed, there is a new name in play: Gary Mitchell.
You remember Mitchell, right? He was the helmsman played by Gary Lockwood, the actor who would later go on to play Dr. Frank Poole in "2001: A Space Odyssey." He appeared in the second "Star Trek" pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," in 1966 as an old Academy friend of James T. Kirk who became infected with some kind of energy at the galactic barrier that led to his death.
But is that the character Cumberbatch is playing? Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard McCoy in the movie series, wants us to think so.
Talking to SFX magazine while doing promotional work for "Dredd," which he stars in, Urban talked a little bit about Cumberbatch on the set.
"He'e awesome. He's a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary," Urban said.
Some of that information could fit. Mitchell did show up early in Kirk's original mission (although that has all changed with the new timeline). On top of that, photos that leaked from the "Star Trek 2" set showed Cumberbatch wearing an alternative Starfleet uniform, which would suggest that his character is a member of Starfleet, which also would match Mitchell.
But is it really Mitchell?
Dark Horizons points out to a couple of problems with the news. First, writer Roberto Orci included Mitchell's name on a list of characters that Cumberbatch is definitely not playing (as well as Charlie X, Ruk and the Borg). Second, Gary Mitchell is a character in the official tie-in comics that bridges 2009 film with the upcoming 2013 one. And in that, Mitchell is not only dealt with, but he's already killed.
Also, some aspects that might not be helping the story is the fact that actors like Benicio del Toro and others were considered for the role initially. It's kind of hard imagining del Toro playing Mitchell ... but it's not impossible.
Movieline's Jordan Hoffman did have one interesting trivia bit to share. Several years ago, Orci and Alex Kurtzman had submitted a script that included Mitchell as the Big Bad. However, it was later rumored that J.J, Abrams didn't like this story, and asked that it be re-worked.
If the character is Mitchell, there would have to be some additional credits provided, especially that of Samuel A. Peeples, who wrote the second pilot episode, and thus created the character of Gary Mitchell. Peeples, who had an uncredited role in some of the material used in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," and who many believed was instrumental in helping Gene Roddenberry develop what would become "Star Trek," died in 1997.
So the fact is, it's still not known who the villain is ... but Gary Mitchell is quite an interesting choice if that is true.
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