Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has revealed that his new Star Trek character is “not clearly good or evil.”
Cumberbatch was announced as being cast in the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, last year, causing much excitement and anticipation amongst fans of the actor, and the show alike.
Speaking at a Tokyo press conference to promote the film, Benedict, who has also just signed up to film the third series of BBC mystery drama, Sherlock, a modern twist on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Novels, Sherlock Holmes, in which he plays the title role, said that his new role is a “complicated character” who is “not to be judged by black-or-white.”
“He is very ruthless,” admitted Cumberbatch. “He is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain but the actions he takes have intent and reason.”
The first promo trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness is due to be released tomorrow (07/12/12), which is said to reveal a bit more about Cumberbatch’s role in the film, however, despite Benedict labelling his part as neither good or bad, the film’s director, J.J. Abrams has described the character as “scary”.
Abrams, who also directed the 2009 Star Trek movie, has previously said Of Cumberbatch’s Star Trek alter-ego: “The character is a villain and scary, but I was looking for an actor with humanity who audiences can sympathise with.
“When I saw Benedict in Sherlock, I wanted to convince him whatever it took. I expected a lot from him, but Benedict responded by acting beyond my expectations.”
A teaser poster for the new film supposedly showing Cumberbatch’s, who upon arriving at Tokyo’s Narita airport was greeted by adoring fans of both Star Trek and Sherlock, and made to feel very welcome in the technological capital of the world, character has now been released, although it is only his back that can be seen!
Star Trek: Into Darkness is expected to be released in the UK on 17 May 2013, watch the official teaser trailer in the clip below: