Another day, another series of hints doled out by J.J. Abrams concerning his next science-fiction film that is shrouded in ambiguity. The film in question is, of course Star Trek Into Darkness, but no, the hints do not deal with whether or not Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan or not.
No, rather, in a recent interview with MTV (via Coming Soon), Abrams let it slip that the Klingons, those lumpy-headed villains of the original series’ films (on the original TV show they just had goofy goatees and facepaint), will play an adversarial role against our heroes. Does that mean they’ll assist Cumberbatch? With Abrams, there’s no telling:
“Their role in this is definitely that of adversary…and you’ll see how that plays out.”
A sequence involving Klingons (though they were wearing metallic masks hiding their alien ethnicity) was filmed for 2009’s Star Trek, but was subsequently deleted before the film’s release.
But, of course, it wouldn’t be a Star Trek Into Darkness news post unless there were some kind of reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, so here goes: Carol Marcus—Captain Kirk’s former love interest in Star Trek II, and mother to his son—will play an important role in Star Trek Into Darkness (and will be portrayed by Alice Eve), but don’t expect it to be as part of the love story her inclusion in the film seems to imply:
“(Kirk) meets her fairly early on and again she plays a science officer, she’s someone who is a part of the adventure. I think Chris is right, because it’s very much an action adventure movie and once that gets going it’s a very difficult thing to park the story. So it’s very difficult to do a romantic interlude. Her role is important, she wouldn’t be in the movie otherwise.”
So there you have it: Klingons won’t be deleted this time, and they will play some form of villains in the film. Also, there will be a character that was created solely for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan appearing in the film, but may not appear in a romantic capacity and may just be a total red herring to make fans think this is Abrams’ take on Wrath of Khan.
Star Trek Into Darkness is set for a May 15 release.
What do you think of the Star Trek news?