May 17, 2013 will be a special day for my family. Many of us are casual Trekkies; one of us is obsessed with Sherlock Holmes’ star Benedict Cumberbatch. In May these passions come together in the form of Star Trek Into Darkness, a sequel to the hit 2009 Star Trek film. The villain or baddie in the May release is none other than British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. That creates a two-thumbs-up event for us.
The highly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness is full of sci-fi action. Benedict’s character will be John Harrison, a bad guy that we are not yet privy to knowing much about. Part of the audience build up of rising speculation, no doubt.
Trailers: In the trailers of which there are currently three, we see heroes running through a crimson forest (love that color) as they are pursued; the Enterprise breaking through the ocean’s surface; and an erupting volcano. One trailer takes my breath away as Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) squeeze their spacecraft through a seemingly impossibly narrow opening.
Who wrote the new movie? None other than the series writers for Lost.
Insights from Britain about the movie: British GQ shared some thoughts about the J.J. Abrams-directed movie after viewing 28 minutes of preview footage. These insights include: Spock steals a lot of scenes despite a volcano and a ship’s brawl with Cumberbatch’s character villain John Harrison (could this be Khan?). Outstanding scenery. The 2009 crew is back in force. Abrams said that Harrison is actually a Starfleet employee who is a “one-man weapon of mass destruction” that must be stopped. Sounds like the making for lots of juicy special effects.
Cumberbatch: Why is my family so thrilled with Benedict Cumberbatch? Easy, he is a brilliant actor who played BBC’s Stephen Hawking, won an Oscar for War Horse, and does Shakespearean theatre. Martin Freeman and Benedict are making the Sherlock Holmes Series 3 now. Fantastic, as this is much anticipated and will solve, finally, the cliffhanger of Series 2. But Benedict is even busier as he has done Parade’s End and Twelve Years a Slave with Brad Pitt. Did you recognize the voice of the computer-generated dragon in The Hobbit as Benedict? It was.
Tidbits on Cumberbatch: He was mobbed at an airport in Japan; not used to being mobbed. Cumberbatch said it was “amazing.” Benedict began performing as an actor in school. He taught English at a Tibetan monastery for a year. At the University of Manchester he studied drama, as well as at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. By the way he actually met Stephen Hawking on two occasions prior to portraying him for BBC in 2004. He also worked with the Discovery Channel on Hawking projects in 2010 and 2012. He does Alan Rickman impressions.
A Winning Combo – Cumberbatch and Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict will bring an astoundingly high quality performance to the big screen. Special Effects with graphics will visualize the story for the audiences. Trekkies have another winner here. And as villain Harrison says, ” “You think your world is safe. It is an illusion. A comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned to have my vengeance.”
Let’s go to the movies now! Go boldly….