After an exclusive preview through England’s Empire Magazine over the week of Christmas, Paramount Pictures finally made the production stills from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness available for view. A few details became available as well through select IMAX screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In an extended preview of the film, Abrams revealed Captain Kirk’s new nemesis as John Harrison. Initially rumored as the new Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Abrams mentioned Harrison to be a member of Starfleet instead. Portrayed by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Harrison is said to be “…a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in ‘The Shining,’ and the Joker in ‘Batman.’”
Though the majority of us will have to wait till May 17 for the film’s release, the late Daniel Craft got to see the film in its entirety before his passing over the weekend. An organizer of the annual New York Asian Film Festival, Craft stated his last wish was to see Star Trek Into Darkness after doctors diagnosed him with terminal cancer. Words got to Abrams and producer Damon Lindelof, who had a staff member dropped off a rough cut of the film. Daniel Craft and his wife Paige saw the film just days before he succumbed to the disease at age 41.