Here’s something that ought to keep the Star Trek high going. Paramount Pictures has released the first official image from J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness, which reveals the name of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s villainous character.

One of the biggest points of speculation about Abrams’ sequel has been the identity of the character played by Cumberbatch. There’s been a lot of rumors. Some have said it could it be Khan again, others, including Karl Urban, hinted he’d be playing Gary Mitchell. But the new caption accompanying the photo identifies the actor’s character as John Harrison. Since we have no clue who John Harrison is, our best explanation is that the name is an alias of some kind.

In the image, Spok and Kirk stare at John Harrison from behind a glass door. Harrison seems to be in a holding cell, and he does not look too happy to be there. Though, at first glance, he does look like just another member of the Enterprise crew. And as he is the villain, it looks like the writers watched The Dark Knight.

In a few days, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theaters and some IMAX 3D screenings will be preceded by the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. While that’s a nice treat for fans, don’t expect to get any clues. The footage doesn’t give much away.

Here’s an official synopsis of the movie:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17, 2013.

What do you think?

Source: First Showing