Cumberbatch drops tantalizing hints about his Trek 2 'villain' role

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Dec 16, 2012

While we're still waiting with bated breath to know exactly just who-in-the-universe Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek 2 (or XII, if you prefer), the Sherlock actor has at least revealed some tantalizing tidbits about his mysterious character.

It's been nearly two weeks since it was announced that the War Horse actor had been tapped to play the film's villain. Two weeks, and yet both Abrams and Cumberbatch are still remaining tight-lipped about whether the awesome British actor is actually playing the film's villain.

Cumberbatch is even teasing the fact that he may not be playing Capt. James T. Kirk's (Chris Pine) next nemesis after all!

While on the Red Carpet during this past Sunday's Golden Globes awards, Cumby (as people are now affectionately calling the 35-year old actor) told MTV's Josh Horowitz:

"I don't think we do know that [him playing the villain], actually. That's just supposition. And that's all I'm going to say about it."

"I started [becoming a Star Trek fan] slowly, but quite genuinely, when he rebooted it with this last film. 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."

However, what the actor did reveal is that the role he'll be playing in the as-yet-still-untitled Trek sequel demands a good deal of physical preparation, saying that he's been ''working out nonstop'' to get ready for the film.

Even if the role appears physically demanding—making us even more curious in the process—Cumby had only high praise for Abrams, saying:

"[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."

What do you guys think?

(via MTV)