Since it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch has joined J.J. Abram's highly anticipated "Star Trek" sequel, words have run wild that he is set to take on the role of a major villain which has been turned down by Benicio Del Toro. The 35-year-old actor himself, however, suggested that he might not get the bad guy role after all.
Speaking to MTV News on the red carpet of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, the actor playing Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" said, "I don't think we do know that, actually." He stressed that the report claiming that he will tackle the antagonist was "just supposition," adding, "And that's all I'm going to say about it."
Though refusing to share details about his role in "Star Trek 2", the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" star said he has been "working out nonstop" in preparation for the part. He elaborated, "[Abrams has] great ideas. It's been great fun to prep. I start [shooting] next week, which is really exciting, and I can't say any more than that."
Cumberbatch also confessed, "I started [becoming a 'Star Trek' fan] slowly, but quite genuinely, when he rebooted it with this film." He added, "I have lots of friends and family, all sorts of people who've loved all of the series and all of the films. I've been introduced to it through them and now I'm going back to them and asking them questions so I can get up to speed with true Trekkies."
The untitled Star Trek sequel, which has been planned to be given a "high-end" 3D conversion, is due to open wide in the U.S. theaters on May 17, 2013. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho are set to return as James T. Kirk, Spcok, Nyota Uhura, Scotty, Pavel, Bones and Hikaru Sulu respectively.