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Star Trek Into Darkness Reveals New Image of Kirk, Spock & Villain

Ahead of the nine-minute preview premiering Friday with 3D IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Paramount Pictures has released a new image from Star Trek Into Darkness, director J.J. Abrams’ hotly anticipated sequel to his 2009 blockbuster.

The photo of course depicts Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock speaking with Benedict Cumberbatch as the “unstoppable force of terror,” housed safely in a detention cell. (The studio-provided caption refers to him as “John Harrison,” but we’re guessing that’s not his actual name). Judging from the devastation the villain unleashed in last week’s “announcement video,” it’s doubtful he’ll remain behind glass — or is that transparent aluminum? — for long.

Opening May 17, Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller. Another teaser video is promised Dec. 17.

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.

(via Collider)


  • Guest

    Looks like Gary Mitchell….

  • Bgh001

    Of course, its MItchell! Who else could it be?

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    A new baddie in the brig

    Or the aforementioned John Harrison–there was a character, pretty much an extra, named Harrison who appeared in several early episodes of TOS.

  • hysanadu

    Did they change the Starfleet uniforms slightly?  Kind of cool if they did.

  • Andrew F. Moncrieff

    It’s worth noting that while it basically is likely to be Gary Mitchell, in this continuity it may be a completely different character who goes through the Gary Mitchell experience. IN this case, as the poster below notes, John Harrison may well BE that character.

  • John Smith

    Recently for the proposed Wonder Woman pilot, the main character in the casting call was named “Iris”. Later, Geoff Johns said that her name will actually be “Diana”, but “Iris” was just a code name. He said, “Codenames (like IRIS) are used in casting a lot to try and avoid speculation. #TV101 :)” I imagine that is the same case here with Gary Mitchell/John Harrison.

  • bmg314

    I hope you’re correct. I really don’t want to just see the same stories told with different cast members. This continuity should create its own dilemmas and situations for the crew.

  • Jonathan Hemmila

    If they picked Gary Mitchell to be the villain, they chose wisely. I am an old, original, Star Trek fan and the episode that featured him was one of my all time favorites, throughout the entire Trek universe. I would love to see what they do with that. It does seem about the right time, as Kirk has just become a captain…
    The only thing I think they could truely mess up is if the villain is Kahn, as a friend of mine thinks. I could perhaps accept the General that takes over the insane asylum and uses the brain scrambler to mess people up, but Mitchell…that would be great!
    One problem with the whole idea is that Mitchell is pretty over powered and would not need suits (that the villain is wearing) to survive anything.
    (oh, btw, curse you if you have gotten my hopes up, Internets!!)

  • mel

    For all we know it could be Picard. What a twist that would be.

  • not khan

    its john ROBIN blake

  • Jimmy

    Mitchell has already appeared in the comic that bridges the first and second movie. The comic is considered in continuity so it can’t be him. Others have suggested Garth of Izar possibly. But it can’t be Mitchell.

  • Dave

    That would actually be fantastic.

  • LArRy

    At the exact same time you see Spock and “The Villain” almost emotionally touching hands through the glass you hear “The Villain” say the words through the voiceover “Is there anything you would not do for your FAMILY?”  Now, I can’t base this on anything in Star Trek canon because I don’t have great TOS knowledge but it just leads me to believe that Cumberbatch’s character might be a human half brother of Spocks.  Anyone else see that too?

  • myspark1

    While I cannot blame the filmmakers for wanting to play coy with these details (and similarly cannot *be* blamed for being angry it took us this long to get to the next movie!), this shot and certain aspects of that teaser trailer certainly seem to suggest the Gary Mitchell character, no matter what his actual name is/was.  Were they friends in the Academy in this Timeline?  Remember, this is the more “Jerk Kirk” we’re taking about here; it might really be that this character and Spock were closer in this Timeline, which might help to explain the closing shot of that Japanese version of the teaser trailer.  Additionally, his voice has quite a bit of the “echo” to it, like Gary’s did, during the voice-over’s in that trailer.  Is it that, in this reality, Kirk decides to simply strand him and not kill him?  Is “…destroying StarFleet and everything it stands for” not just a matter of revenge, but also an invite to the Klingons?  He is apparently on an away team/landing party or something there at one point, and there is a picture of him in what looks to be an all-black, all-leather nod to the field jackets worn in STAR TREK II, right down to the flipped-up collar with the curious ribbing on it.  Lots of fascinating ways to go with all of that….

    I’m jacked up for it and will likely go see THE HOBBIT tonight just to get my nine minutes’ worth of INTO DARKNESS.  My only disappointment is that are back on Earth some more, dealing with known people from canon; and I’ll bet real money that they will not be able to resist the allure of Khan at some point.  I had thought that the whole point of resetting the Timeline was to be able to tell your own stories.

  • myspark1

     I don’t remember John Harrison at all.  Are you thinking of Lee Kelso?