Karl Urban, who plays Dr. McCoy in J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise, may have made a huge blunder while talking to British magazine SFX while on the promotional wagon for Dredd. When asked how he liked working with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch on the Star Trek sequel he dropped this photon torpedo:[quote]
He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.[/quote]
For those of you who have never seen the original Star Trek series, Gary Mitchell appeared in the first episode (which is actually the second pilot). He was a Starfleet Acadmey chum of Captain Kirk who gained God-like powers from an encounter with the “galactic barrier” and went batshit on Kirk and the crew on the Enterprise. Although he was near-ominpotent, eventually Kirk defeated him by using a female Enterprise officer in a tight-fitting minidress to distract him long enough to drop a rock on his head.
This is hardly a solid, 100% certain confirmation that Cumberbatch is playing Mitchell — in fact, in all likelihood it’s a misdirection tactic employed by Abrams and the movie studio to get the Internet hounds off of the true stench. Previous reports linked Cumberbatch to the role of Khan, but that was quickly debunked by Simon Pegg (another misdirection?).