‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Villain John Harrison Gets Compared to Hannibal Lecter

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and director J.J. Abrams spill new details about this mysterious villain in the upcoming sci-fi sequel.

Star Trek Into Darkness villain John Harrison is compared to Hannibal Lecter
Star Trek Into Darkness villain John Harrison is compared to Hannibal Lecter
One of the biggest questions that remains regarding Star Trek Into Darkness is who the villain John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) really is. Many speculate that the character name is just a cover for Khan. Benedict Cumberbatch recently spoke about the character, comparing him to a few iconic cinematic villains.

"When J.J. (Abrams) described the role to me... he described someone who was, in movie terms, a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in The Shining, and the Joker in Batman. He's someone who has enormous physical strength. He's someone who is incredibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism. He's also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way."

Director J.J. Abrams also revealed that John Harrison is a Starfleet employee who turns on the organization.

"His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an... average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this backstory and this kind of amazing secret agenda. After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the U.S., our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. Star Trek Into Darkness is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against."

Click Here! to watch Benedict Cumberbatch's full video interview.

Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Sources: TrekMovie, GyaO!
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Comments (17)

  1. Phil Butehorn

    is anyone else upset about J.J doing both franchises?

    2 years agoby @Phil-ButehornFlag

  2. Mka47

    @sirdiddymus hahahahahaha

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  3. sirdiddymus

    I have a theory... this is about a "red shirt" coming back to take revenge for all the countless like him who have died in away missions.

    2 years agoby @sirdiddymusFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Can't argue there.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. the Narrator

    @instead8909 IMDB bases a lot of it's "casting" on rumors. This is no different.

    I'd usually agree, @bawnian-dexeus. People who compare themselves to other legendary actors/roles usually set themselves up for a fall. The comparison is unnecessary, after all. That being said, I agree with @skywise, in that C*mberbatch is a powerhouse actor in all of his roles, be they subtle or volatile.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. WongFu

    @ejk1 look at the imdb page it says Khan. Now it would have been better if it was another name, leaving Khan out of it. But I fear not.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  7. Sean


    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. ejk1

    @instead8909 Why does it have to be Khan? Since this is a different timeline, why should it follow the previous "lore?" I hope it isn't a cover name for Khan. It would be original.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. CelluloidDreams


    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  10. WongFu

    I thought he was suppose to be Khan - which in Star Trek lore is a supervillian from our time who terrorized us. Then left on the Botany Bay - I really wish J.J would watch the early Star Trek series.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Not the reason, just really could care less about the comparison

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. skywise

    Benedict C*mberbatch as a master criminal is absolute brilliance. Anyone who has seen this man act can attest to his subtle intensity (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?)

    I love the idea of the villian being from starfleet. That at least is something new.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Roberto Mata

    Great! I think I see Oscar nomination for C*mberbatch!

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  14. the Narrator

    Not a fan of Star Trek, @bawnian-dexeus?

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  15. Xenophore


    2 years agoby @XenophoreFlag

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