Will Benedict Cumberbatch play the iconic villain Khan in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness? The rumor that simply will not die got a new head of steam last week thanks to an item on EW’s website that was either an error (most likely) or an accidental reveal (probably not). But with the possibility once more thrust to the forefront, yet another Into Darkness actor has come forward to promise, cross their heart, that Cumberbatch isn’t playing Khan. In this case, it’s Alice Eve, whose role of Carol Marcus gave the Khan rumors some legs a while back. She was asked the question point-blank, and responded, “He’s not playing Khan.”
While on the red carpet for the BAFTA Awards this past weekend, Eve was a presenter for the Costumes and Hair & Makeup category. She expressed her enthusiasm for working on Star Trek Into Darkness, and proclaimed J.J. Abrams as “the ultimate geek hero” for taking on the Star Wars directing job as his next project after Star Trek Into Darkness. Watch the video below (skip to the 00:36 mark for the Star Trek talk).
Last week, Entertainment Weekly posted a headline that read “Kirk & Khan,” accompanying a picture of Chris Pine’s Kirk and Cumberbatch’s whoever-he-is on the cover of the magazine. It’s still unclear if this was merely a mistake on the part of the magazine, or it was some sort of a hack. Paramount, Bad Robot, and J.J. Abrams have neither confirmed nor denied it, so the rumor remains.
Khan is currently one of the three most-rumored candidates Cumberbatch may be playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. The other two include the psychic Gary Mitchell, or the USS Enterprise’s original commanding officer, Captain Robert April. For now, Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is officially known only as “John Harrison.”
Star Trek Into Darkness will beam into theaters everywhere on May 17th, in IMAX 3D.