Abrams love to keep things secret, including who the villain is in Star Trek 2. When several Hispanic actors were considered, most of the speculation centred around it being Khan. When Benedict Cumberbatch was eventually cast, who the villain would be remained a mystery, with Khan still the favoured option.
Now Karl Urban, who plays Bones in Star Trek 2, may have inadvertently revealed the baddie’s identity, while promoting his upcoming sci-fi reboot Dredd. When talking about Cumberbatch to SFX, Urban said, “He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.”
Although not familiar to many people, Gary Mitchell is a character from the original TV series, originally appearing in ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before,’ an episode crafted as the second pilot for the show and aired as the third episode. Mitchell is an old friend of Kirk’s who is granted powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers. Things don’t end well, with Mitchell and Kirk engaging in a deadly showdown.
There’s still a bit of mystery as writer/producer Roberto Orci has previously said Mitchell is definitely not in the movie. Is Urban engaged in more misdirection? Will things he confirmed at Comic-Con? We’ll have to wait and find out.