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Damon Lindelof discusses the importance of keeping the villain’s identity a secret in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:49 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness is only 2 months away, and it’s shocking that the identity of the film’s villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch has yet to be officially confirmed. There are plenty of people who think they know who Cumberbatch plays (Khaaaaaan!), but no one from the movie has officially stated who this character actually is beyond the name “John Harrison.” This has all been part of the plan from the get-go, hatched by Abrams and his creative partners, including screenwriter Damon Lindelof.

Abrams and Lindelof have a track record for shrouding their projects in secrecy, and the two have mastered the “answer, without answering answer”. Lindelof recently spoke a bit about Into Darkness, revealing why it’s so important to them to keep the nature of Cumberbatch’s character a secret and talking about the theme of Into Darkness in relation to the first film.

Speaking with Hero Complex, Lindelof directly addressed why the identity of the film’s villain has yet to be revealed:

“The audience needs to have the same experience that the crew is having. Kirk, you’re Spock, you’re McCoy, so if they don’t know who the bad guy is going to be in the movie, then you shouldn’t know. It’s not just keeping the secret for secrecy’s sake. It’s not giving the audience information that the characters don’t have.”

Lindelof elaborated on the nature of spoilers and the eventual let-down that comes with knowing something too far in advance:

“[If I tell people who Cumberbatch plays, they know that they] would have a five-second rush of exhilaration followed by four months of being completely and totally bummed out that they can’t tell anybody else and that when it gets revealed in the movie, it will have been spoiled for them. That’s why they’re called ‘spoilers,’ they’re not called ‘awesomes.’”

Lindelof also talked a bit about how the theme of Into Darkness relates to the first film, speaking to the film’s intriguing title:

“If the first movie was about meeting and introductions, this movie is about becoming a family. The title of the movie is not just about the mission that the Enterprise is going on but what happens when you get to know each other a little better and the hurdles you must jump over in order to truly become family.”

Check out the whole interview at Hero Complex. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D and IMAX on May 17th, and stars stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Alice Eve.

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