J.J. Abrams Compares 'John Harrison' To Nero, Benedict Cumberbatch Says He's A Warrior

J.J. Abrams Compares 'John Harrison' To Nero, Benedict Cumberbatch Says He's A Warrior

Star Trek Into Darkness villain John Harrison will have his true identity revealed when the film premieres in May and director J.J. Abrams and actor Bendedict Cumberbatch assure that he's an Enterprise foe well worth the wait.

Star Trek Into Darkness comes out in roughly two months. We still know relatively little about the film. Kudos to director J.J. Abrams. Think back to last year and how much was already known about Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Imagine how different your viewing experience would've been had you went into the theater knowing nothing. In the latest issue of Total Film, the director and main antagonist Benedict Cumberbatch discuss their new film in an interesting manner without giving any details away.

"[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic. All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation...He had backstory but was kind of irrational. The beauty of Benedict's [John Harrison] is that he's completely rational. He's someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn't sit down and talk to Nero - he'd bite your head off!"

"I did a lot of close combat training. He's a kick-ass warrior, as masterful with his hands and body as he is with weapons...You will have a great discovery during this film, which I think is great...[My costumes] look great. Some of them were (no pun intended) cumbersome and heavy, but some were very snug; you can almost see what religion I am..."

On May 17th, all will be revealed and fans will once and for all find out who Cumberbatch is really playing. Until such time we'll have to make do with the numerous fan theories and suggestions floating across the interweb. You can read more from Cumberbatch and Abrams in the latest issue of Total Film out now.

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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 17 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto John Cho, Peter Weller, Karl Urban and Chris Pine
Directed by: JJ Abrams
Written by: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay),Roberto Orci (screenplay), Gene Roddenberry (tv series "Star Trek")

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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SuperDude001 - 3/7/2013, 2:12 PM
Thing is; this comparison makes Harrison sound cool, but everything I've seen of him just makes him look like a more clever Nero and not exactly someone that's rational. I mean if they say it they're probably right, just like I still worry.
Hellsing - 3/7/2013, 2:15 PM
The religion of Batchisome or is it Cubatchism. So does that make me Batchist or Cumbatchist. Oh the confusion!
Hellsing - 3/7/2013, 2:16 PM
[frick] Trek, go back and make more Sherlock ass hole (I'm kidding fan boys don't cry)
AsianVersionOfET - 3/7/2013, 3:07 PM
Where in the actual [frick] is the second trailer for AFTER EARTH? What the [frick]ing [frick]?
sephiroth211 - 3/7/2013, 3:10 PM

I really wanna see what this character is capable of. Shaking off the Vulcan Deathgrip isn't a easy task.
TheSuperguy - 3/7/2013, 3:15 PM
This movie just sounds cooler and cooler...
lntrn8 - 3/7/2013, 3:17 PM
Did I miss something . . . wasn't he the new version of Khan?

InfiniteMonkey - 3/7/2013, 3:21 PM
[frick] KHAN!!!!
MrYurMomm - 3/7/2013, 3:32 PM
I loved the first, but I think i'm going to have to skip this one, because I absolutely HATE Cucumbersnatch. So much so, if I were given the opprutunity to end somebodies career to "irony-level" poor, it'd be him. No doubt about it.
youknowmyname - 3/7/2013, 3:34 PM
I stayed spoiler free for Dark Knight Rises, even managed to score tickets to a preview 2 days early. I get there and they're showing the UK premier live on the big screen hosted by this UK TV cock called Alex Zane...who kept blowing major plot points, like the big reveal, what calls Batman back into duty etc. Seriously, he gave away the whole first hour and then some. I tried to leave until the movie started but was told that they let people in until it was full and somebody could take my seat. Unbe-fricking-lievable. Alex Zane made an enemy that day.
youknowmyname - 3/7/2013, 3:35 PM
And whenever he asked cast members about plot points, they'd just look at him like "Da[frick]?"
Pooh - 3/7/2013, 3:38 PM
Too bad. I was hoping for an intelligent villain like Kahn. I hated Nero and what J.J. Abrams has done to Romulans. Pathetic.

Oh, well. It'll probably be great anyhow, and make a lot of money.
soberchimera - 3/7/2013, 3:42 PM

He came lookin for man-butt.
AustinFan4Life - 3/7/2013, 3:56 PM
If anyone actually paid attention to the last trailer, then you'd know that Benedict Cumberbatch is not Khan. However, Khan is seen, although only for two seconds, in the film(as evidence from him wearing the exact same clothes he wore in "space seed".

Here watch for yourself at the :54-:56 mark of the trailer.

AsianVersionOfET - 3/7/2013, 4:18 PM
@MrYurMomm, whoa, you mad bro?
Ramiel - 3/7/2013, 4:18 PM
Can't wait for this.
LP4 - 3/7/2013, 4:32 PM
I don't think...Khan will be in this movie
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 3/7/2013, 5:27 PM
Done trying to figure it out...bring it!
vonstallin - 3/7/2013, 7:38 PM
I was going to post the same thing
soberchimera hahahahahahahahah
skidz - 3/7/2013, 8:32 PM
I'm betting he's an amalgamation of Khan and Harrison. In the this time line neither of them has been introduced. So if it were one or the other the movie would have to use up a lot of time on his backstory just to get everyone up to speed. Like Nero, he's probably something new, but he might feel familiar to fans of Harrison or Khan.
AustinFan4Life - 3/7/2013, 8:39 PM
@ AlbertPooholes

I'm not sure what exactly you're trying to imply there, but ok....thanks for the pointless response lol

LP4 - 3/7/2013, 9:13 PM
@skidz- Cumberbatch isn't Khan.
SactoChef - 3/7/2013, 10:03 PM
TomServo629 - 3/7/2013, 10:42 PM
He is Khan, Without Actually being Khan. John Harrison is in a cryo-tube next to Khan. Khan himself either isn't woken up, dies during the unfreezing process (doubtful) or has already broken free and won't appear in this movie. John Harrison will have similar abilities to Khan such as strength and intelligence.
Jolt17 - 3/7/2013, 11:11 PM
Since him being Khan isn't a sure thing yet, I have a feeling that "John Harrison" might actually be this universe's version of Malcolm McDowell's Dr. Tolian Soran.

Long coat/black tight outfit combo? Check. Both also have Klingons somewhere in their life. (Well, from what we've seen of John Harrison from the trailer, anyway.) Harrison's talk about "healing people," his family, and pretty much all of his vague background, may all be related to the Nexus. (And, the line, "For I have returned.") Both are pretty good at displaying their physical strengths, too...well, among many other things! I just see that there are a lot of Soran's elements that can be made analogous to Harrison's. I'm purely speculating here, for sure, but I'm firm that I'd like to see this rather than Khan, or Gary Mitchell.
LP4 - 3/8/2013, 1:36 AM
Jolt17 you KICK ASS! I agree. For me anything is better than Khan. I'm not big on Mitchell but if i had to choose between khan or mitchell, solely based on preference between those two, i'd go with Mitchell. Khan had his movie. Time to move on
AustinFan4Life - 3/8/2013, 4:52 AM
@ Jolt17

Wow, I didn't even consider this possibility, but it makes total sense. Because Soran is the one villian in Star Trek, whom has lived both through the Kirk & Picard generations.

And Benedict Cumberbatch does in fact look like a young Soran. I mean in Star Trek Generations it was said he was over 300 years old by the time they reached the 24th century.

I'm still banking on Benedict Cumberbatch still being a 'disciple' of Khan, just due to the 2 second clip we see in the trailer of the back of someone dressed to look like Khan.

However, this has me intrigued, because I still think that John Harrison is just a code name & not what the character's name actually is.
ipookorn - 3/8/2013, 7:50 AM
At the end of the movies it is going to be revealed that John Harrison's real name is Khan John Harrison!
Pooh - 3/9/2013, 6:20 AM
@Jolt17, I don't see how Soran is "better in every way". Sounds like Khan to me.

Soran was an interesting character, but he's no super villain. He's just a brainy El-Aurian. But he did punch Bator or Ursa in the face. Pretty awesome.
MrYurMomm - 3/9/2013, 9:25 AM

Nope not mad. Just hate that guy. You ever hated somebody, but have no clue why? You just know that you'd screw up that person due to the pure level of hatred towards them? Yeah. I don't like saying "hate" since it's such a strong word, but if there was one person I could choose to hate on this planet, it'd be him. I don't know why it is, but I just do. I'm sure its because of his stupid [frick] face, something about it just wants me to beat him into a useless pulp of organs in a vegatative state whilst also in a lifelong coma. THAT'S how much I HATE him.

But no I'm not mad. In fact I'm gonna wait til this is on Blu-Ray and just fast forward his parts.

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