There was a big hullabaloo at Comic-Con this week when Star Trek and Dredd star Karl Urban declared he would unveil some footage from the still-untitled Star Trek sequel. Urban had already stirred things up by maybe, quite possibly revealing the super-secret villain in the film. Right now all we know for sure about the bad guy is that Benedict Cumberbatch plays him. Many folks suspect a ruse on Urban’s part.
Star Trek writer Damon Lindelof went on record saying he had no idea what footage Urban was talking about. For days there was a great deal of back and forth about whether or not Urban was full of it, or if he was really going to let something slip from the ultra-high-security production. Urban did, in fact, release a video, and here it is. Be warned, however: it probably isn’t what you expect. Make sure to watch all the way to the end.
This stunt is bound to piss some people off, but I have to admit that I think it’s pretty funny. While I have no particular interest in watching Urban surf, this is at least a mildly amusing prank, needling at those of us who take things way too seriously from time to time. Sure, we hang on every last bit of news and information from the movies we anticipate and love, but it’s nice to see someone out to have a good time.
What do you think, what’s your take on this? Do you think this is a dick move by Urban, getting people excited only to spit in their face? Is he a bored celebrity picking on fanboys? Or was this just a good-natured prank?