No Khan screams Pegg
Sometimes I can't help but be pulled into the rumour and speculation mill, I do try and stay well clear of it and only turn in when I feel it's right there's an almost undeniable weight of opinion, and that's what I did with the announcement of Benedict Cumberbatch joining the new Star Trek, everyone was saying it was to play Khan and they all had their inside source to tell them.
However a better inside source says this is nonsense, none other than Simon Pegg, and he should know he's on the film although that also puts him in the prime position to debunk any spoilers already out there.
"It's not Khan...That's a myth. Everyone's saying it is, but it's not."
In fact he gives us a hint of who he will be playing:
"...not just another disgruntled alien. It's a really interesting… sort of… thing..."
Okay not much of a hint really, but then Simon Pegg doesn't like the idea of the spoilers and conjecture running about the Internet, and while I would agree, it is how films get early marketing, and lots of it too:
"It just spoils the film...It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it's just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, 'Oh f--- off! Wait for the film!'"
Well if everyone waited for the film then the studios would lose a large portion of their marketing strategy straight up. Let's not hide the fact that when some sites are reporting from "inside sources" they really are reporting from inside sources, sources who might well be nudged along by the studio to help build early interest in the film whether what they are saying is true or not.
Still, I do agree with Pegg, while I like discussion and debate about the mysteries of a film, I'm not keen on how far it has all gone.
Anyway, let's get back to this interview with Pegg over at The Telegraph through Coming Soon where he reveals that Cumberbatch is playing an interesting alien which might not be all that human in appearance, especially when Pegg says "thing". Mind you, he's probably, as he says himself, trying to keep us off the scent because he's not allowed to reveal anything about it.
Personally I'll be delighted that they aren't tackling Khan. They've made their choice and broken off the Star Trek characters into an alternative timeline, now it's time to live with that choice and make their own universe.
Frankly now the chances of those major events occurring that brought Khan to the planet and then to reek his revenge on Kirk are slim to none. It's a massive universe out there with millions of races and googolplexes of people, and it's an alternative universe no less. These characters have already started deviating massively from the ones we knew, frankly it would feel rather cheap and a bit of a cheat to go back to old stories and old characters.
Now they've done it, whether I agreed with it or not, let's move on with it.