Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Star Trek' mystery
May 8th, 2013
04:57 PM ET

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Star Trek' mystery

For the Internet, finding out the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villainous role in the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness" is the final frontier.

However, at one point even the "Sherlock Holmes" actor didn't know who he was playing.

"I didn't have time to read the whole script before I began," Cumberbatch told MTV News.

Even though the actor went into the project somewhat blind, what sold him on the film was "a very good pitch" from director J.J. Abrams on the phone. (And, of course, he eventually did get to read a full script.)

As far as who Cumberbatch is actually playing, no one on the production will dare say. Yet that hasn't stopped the online rumor mill from getting turned up to warp speed with suggestions that he's going to portray anyone from classic "Star Trek" villain Khan to an evil Jean-Luc Picard (the beloved captain from "Star Trek: The Next Generation").

Regardless of his role, Cumberbatch promises that the plot will satisfy.

"And it was interesting - I loved the story," he said. "It was so complex and intriguing and funny."

"Star Trek Into Darkness" premieres nationwide on May 16, and May 15 in IMAX.


soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. JIm

    He's Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

    June 4, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. i want that haircut!!! yes

    -

    May 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PinHead

    can we move forward....this is way too ridiculous

    May 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. These were the lyrics...driving people nuts?

    -

    May 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pliny

    Honey child, it's -–ALWAYS-– about the sausage!

    ALWAYS!!!

    May 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Allllll this was about the sausage?

    what ever happenend tooo yo drink?

    May 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. These 8 months were about the sausage?

    Lord.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. we got it...but there was no reason for it...

    heck you did all the work.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. if you wanted your hand held, sweetie, or your sausage stroked...

    you shouldnt be such a sickie. the actor is a blabbermouth.

    May 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. if you wanted sickie fun....the actor needed too speak too her not the entire world.

    that is what we call a secret....

    May 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sweetie if you want a new "friend" it does not work that way...

    talk first, movies later...see?

    May 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. basement3 would be fine

    if some stooge would quit sh!tting in the middle of the floor.

    May 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. .

    Hi

    May 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elizabeth

    Absolutely no other actor should ever portray Captain Picard but for Sir Patrick Stewart. The thought of anyone else in that role is....unbearable.

    May 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mikemystic

    Go to IMDB and freeze the trailer at 53 seconds...

    May 12, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  16. mikemystic

    It's John Harrison, I saw his name on a screen when I saw the trailer the other night...

    May 12, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jim

    Good god, people, you are CNN!!! Just look at the IMDB web page for the darned movie, and you can see that it's Kahn! It's been covered around the world, and CNN still can't get it right!

    May 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Scott

    It's.............KAAAAAAAAAAHN!!!!

    May 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. that guy was too adorable.

    i like that movie

    May 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. 1 M

    this guy is so hot...who is he again?

    May 9, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  21. We never were interested in the actor...its the actress they want...

    thanks.

    May 9, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  22. Coward 1

    go it all spinning..

    May 9, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. Cassie Furlough

    Whomever he turns out to be at this point, it couldn't possibly live up to the hype.

    May 9, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • *KHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN.....

      He's playing Kahn - even my dog knows that.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Noonien_Singh

      May 9, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. Wall

    have a good weekends pliny s

    May 9, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. Really?

    what do you think he's planning?

    May 9, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. Rob

    this has been the worst kept secret in film making. We all know who he's really playing. We've known for almost a year now.

    May 9, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  27. @cnn

    Why aren't you doing something about this message board? Nobody can, or want to come on here to post anymore with this nonsense.

    May 9, 2013 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • trackphone

      Usual deal. Soc on this one. Let's ruin this one too set an example.

      May 9, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • it was ruined last night during the ranger game

      -

      May 9, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      To me this is the Be All and End All of questions. Why does CNN allow comments at all when most are entirely vile and contribute nothing to the reading audience. I've even written several editors at CNN asking why they continue this obvious and desperate source of ad revenue, but have never received a reply (though I have when I inquire about ANYTHING else).

      May 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Ryan

      Hey John, Would you Kindly shut your whiny, fcuking mouth?

      May 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN Editors

      Yeah, John - quit being such a crybaby p*ssy and STFU. Jeez!

      May 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dewitt is Comstock

      I have forseen both of your comments and they both scuk.

      May 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Ryan

      Hey Dewitt, Yank my Great Chain.

      May 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Coward

    daz all she is .... a coward

    May 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Honesty

    what's my social coward...come on say it on cnn. coward mouth

    May 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sounds like your a jealous eff...

    very high shoes tomorrow and fish nets...yea fish nets...

    May 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Come on let's take a beep test...

    let's get it all out in the open...come on mouth camera

    May 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. S failed already

    she didn't answer me about the lie detector test....

    May 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. I have nothing to lie about....let's do it...i'm not a coward.

    -

    May 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dress up is my business...

    I can take a lie detector test for 2009–not an issue...she has too take one for what she did...NOT A PROBLEM

    May 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Peace Margaret

    they wear big filthy sweaters and stretch pants...

    May 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Peace ☮

    I wonder if people will dress "trekkie" for the opening of the movie like the Harry Potter fans did when that came out...?

    May 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. can i get off stage...i am soooo bored with this cowardly woman

    thanks

    May 9, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  38. animals...

    that was noj.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |

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