Chances are that by now you are very well aware of who Benedict Cumberbatch is. Between having roles in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and Atonement, he’s starred in some of the most respected pictures of the last few years. But recently he’s been jumping headfirst into genre films with roles like the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit movies, starring in BBC’s Sherlock, and, most notably, as the villain in Star Trek into Darkness.

However, despite appearing in the recently released trailer for the movie, we don't actually know who he is playing in J.J. Abrams' Trek sequel. Or do we? In an interview with Access Hollywood, when asked what his role is in the movie, Cumberbatch said:

I play John Harrison who’s a terrorist and an extraordinary character in his own right. He’s somebody who is not your two-dimensional cookie cutter villain. He’s got an extraordinary purpose, and I hope that at one point or other in the film you might even sympathize with the reasons he’s doing what he’s doing — not necessarily the means and the destruction he causes. But it was a great ride, not just because he’s the bad guy and the antagonist but also because he has a purpose and it’s hard not to see his point of view at certain points.

We’re wary of Cumberbatch’s claims because there have been countless rumors swirling around that his character might actually be the famous Trek villain, Khan, who notably appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. We’ve seen these tactics from actors before, most recently when Marion Cotillard claimed to the press that she wasn’t playing Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. Well, we all know how that ended up.

Do we believe that Cumberbatch is playing John Harrison? Maybe that is one alias that he goes by during the movie, but until Star Trek into Darkness debuts on May 17, 2013, we’re not taking anything at face value.

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[via Access Hollywood]