Cumberbatch reveals more about his Star Trek role

More intrigue from the Sherlock star on just who his character really is

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed a few more tantalising details about his mysterious character in the forthcoming 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

The 'Sherlock' star has found himself at the centre of a storm of fan speculation as to who his character is, and whether he is playing an existing role from the 'Star Trek' universe.

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Cumberbatch... stokes the mystery of Star Trek role (Copyright: Paramount)

Casting more intrigue into the mix, Cumberbatch told MTV: “The whole thing, not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret, all that is what, for me at least, makes him such a frightening and cool villain.

“Also, the real villains - when they’re not just two-dimensional, angry vengeful types - don’t see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy and have complete rationale and motivation. So true to form, the character that Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he’s on the right side.”

“He’s a terrorist; he operates as a terrorist. He has extraordinary physical powers, but also mental powers. He can sow an idea, which is as powerful as gunshots or close-hand combat, which he’s masterful in.

“He tears into the fabric of both the world and the Enterprise family, and he leaves behind him a trail of devastation. It’s quite exciting to watch.”

The remark about mental powers may re-engage a previous rumour that he is playing the character of Gary Mitchell, a former Star Fleet commander - and former friend of James T. Kirk - who obtains ESP-like abilities.

The rumours began after co-star Karl Urban, who plays 'Bones' McCoy in the reboot, revealed over the summer that Cumberbatch was playing Mitchell.

“He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary,” he told SFX.

But a recent still from the film named Cumberbatch's character as 'John Harrison', though this may be purposeful misdirection from the filmmakers.

Others have suggested that he may be playing Khan, the genetically-altered tyrant from the 1982 'Star Trek' film.

Whatever, director J.J. Abrams is keeping tight-lipped about the plot for the film, which is not due out until May 2013.