We know that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is in J.J. Abrams’ as yet untitled Star Trek sequel. We know that he is the villain. What we don’t know is who that villain is. There was speculation that he could reinvent Khan, but those rumors have bee quashed.
In an interview with the fine folks over at our sister site Cinema Blend, Alex Kurtzman, writer of the Star Trek sequel, gushed about Cumberbatch…
He’s a genius…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.
I haven’t watched much Sherlock, but after Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I’ve become a big believer in Cumberbatch. Everyone gets all moon-eyed over Gary Oldman in that movie—for good reason—but Cumberbatch is great. He has my favorite part of the movie, when his character goes into the headquarters to steal some files.
Kurtzman also talks a bit about his philosophy on sequels in general, and gets a little more specific in regards to Cumberbatch’s bad guy chops.
Sequels are about your bad guy. 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!
While this doesn’t shed any specific light on the villain in the Star Trek sequel, it’s nice to see a writer gets this pumped up about an actor’s portrayal of one of his characters. I can’t wait to have Cumberbatch terrify me.