J.J. Abrams is known for the secrecy surrounding his film projects. He wants to keep a certain level of mystery around the film experience. For example, the title for the Star Trek sequel has not yet been announced nor do we know who the villain of the film (being played by Benedict Cumberbatch) will be.
In a recent interview with SFX, Karl Urban, in promotion for his upcoming film Dredd, may have accidentally revealed the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in the Star Trek sequel.
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Urban spoke to the UK sci-fi outlet on working with Cumberbatch, “He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.”
Gary Mitchell appeared in the episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” of the original Star Trek. Mitchell (actor Gary Lockwood), was Captain Kirk’s best friend at Starfleet Academy, but during their voyage obtains evil telepathic and telekinetic powers. Sensing the danger Spock pressures Kirk to kill Mitchell, but the Captain tries to maroon his friend on the abandoned industrial planet, Delta Vega. This of course, fails, and Kirk must make a hard decision.
That dilemma would be in-line with reports of the Star Trek sequel being more character driven in shaping the crew, especially the young Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) of the USS Enterprise. In an interview, screenwriter Roberto Orci talks about the character’s evolution from the first film to the next,
“…the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other. And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.”
Could Gary Mitchell be the villain in the Star Trek sequel? Karl Urban says yes but the movie’s screenwriter, Roberto Orci, said in a recent interview here that Gary Mitchell definitely wouldn’t be involved. Is that just more Abrams-ordered misdirection being mouthed by Orci? Could it still be KKHHHAAAANN? We may not know until Star Trek: The Next is released in 2013.