Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ character revealed

The name of Cumberbatch's baddie is revealed in a picture caption from Paramount

A new image from Star Trek Into Darkness has been released, showing Benedict Cumberbatch alongside Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock. It appears at the top of this article.

The accompanying caption from Paramount Pictures lists the Cumberbatch figure as John Harrison – the first time his character has been given a name. However, some fan forums and movie news websites are speculating that the name could be a decoy.

Last month (November 2012), Paramount released a plot teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness, revealing that Captain Kirk will “lead a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction”.

Cumberbatch is known to be playing a villain, perhaps the so-called “one-man weapon of mass destruction”, though this has not been confirmed. Previously, Chris Pine has described Cumberbatch’s baddie as “formidable”, but little else is known about the role.

However, Cumberbatch’s villain makes an appearance in the first Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, which you can watch by clicking here. The film – JJ Abrams‘ sequel to 2009’s Star Trek – is scheduled for release in the UK next May (2013).