Considering that Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch may not be playing Khan Noonien Singh on J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2 (XII) after all, the question is: Which villain is the British actor playing in the highly anticipated film? Well, fellow Trek actor Karl Urban may have just let slip the mother lode of reveals during a Dredd press junket. Oops!
The exciting (for us) slip of the tongue happened when Urban was talking to SFX at the Dredd press promotional junket. This is what the actor said about the Sherlock actor's role in Trek 2:
"He's awesome, he's a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary."
Wait, what? Gary Mitchell? Well that's almost as exciting as Khan if it turns out to be true!
For those whose memory is a bit rusty (and those who haven't watched TOS), Gary Mitchell was a friend of Capt. James T. Kirk from their Starfleet Academy days. At the time, Kirk was a lieutenant and served as Mitchell's instructor, who was then a first-year cadet.
When Mitchell came to serve on board the Enterprise in the season-one premiere episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the crew encountered a galactic barrier that tragically endowed Mitchell with powerful godlike abilities, turning him into a wrathful baddie.
Of course, Karl Urban's "slipup" could also be a major red herring thrown at us purposefully, so we must take this one with a grain of salt.
After all, the character of Gary Mitchell has already appeared in this alternate Trek universe in issue #2 of IDW's Star Trek comic, and screenwriter Roberto Orci has already denied the presence of Gary Mitchell (and a couple of other villainous, antagonistic figures) in Star Trek 2.
Then again, these guys are masters of denial.
But what do you guys think? Do you think there's a slight possibility Cumberbatch is indeed playing Gary Mitchell? Do you believe he would be a more interesting antagonist for Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew?