Last week, we reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had landed a leading role in the upcoming Star Trek sequel. And while several outlets on-line reported that Cumberbatch would play the adversary in the film, that wasn’t officially confirmed.
At the recent Television Critics Assocation, while promoting his upcoming Alcatraz for Fox, director J.J. Abrams was asked about what role Cumberbatch would play, including if he was taking over for the departed Benicio Del Toro. Abrams was evasive in his responses.
“We haven’t made any changes because of casting,” he said. Then Abrams said that it wasn’t necessarily true that Cumberbatch would be the adversary in the upcoming film. (Rumors have flown that he could play Harry Mudd).
What Abrams will say is he’s thrilled to work with the Sherlock actor.
“He’s a genius. Honestly, he’s just an incredible actor,” Abrams said. “If you’ve seen his work inSherlock, he’s just got incredible skills. He’s an amazing stage actor. He did amazing work (on stage) in Frankenstein. He’s brilliant. You try to cast people who are great. We got lucky.”