THE NEWS BUNDLE: Alice Eve Confirmed To Play 'Wrath of Khan' Character in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' [UPDATED]


On the heels of a new image from Star Trek Into Darkness, with Benedict Cumberbatch's character captioned as "John Harrison", multiple press members have been invited to J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot tonight to view more footage and exclusive answers from the highly anticipated sequel. But while Cumberbatch's role still remains a deep mystery that many have speculated on, it's Alice Eve's newcomer that has also remained tightly under wraps which some believe have some type of connection to Cumberbatch. While that may be the case, tonight it spells out an even larger possible reveal as Eve's character has been unveiled and returning from a previous Trek sequel as well.

Multiple reports from inside the conference reveal that Alice Eve will be playing the role of Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness. Marcus is a character displayed in perhaps the most acclaimed Star Trek film to date Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and was previously portrayed by Bibi Besch.

Carol Marcus not only is an important character for the role of Khan but also for Captain Kirk as well. When they were younger, most likely the years displayed within Darkness, Marcus and Kirk are in love and eventually have a child together. However when they come to the realization that they are of two different worlds with Kirk exploring the galaxy and constantly on leave, they separate.

Marcus comes back into the picture when her Genesis Device is stolen by Khan. With the ability to turn uninhabitable planets ready to sustain life once more, it's unknown whether or not we could see this plot point once more on the big screen. With a new timeline being established in the predecessor and giving significant changes to exactly what we've seen before, it's uncertain exactly what new direction the history of these characters could take.

But here's an interesting question: does Marcus' involvement mean Cumberbatch could be Khan? Yes, we understand it's quite the stretch, especially with this being the early years of the Carol/Kirk relationship.The stronger speculated villains thus far include Sybock, Gary Mitchell and Khan, the identity of Cumberbatch has been kept quiet. But according to TrekMovie's comments sections, there is in fact an Enterprise crew member "Harrison" who appeared numerous times in the original series. Given that Benicio del Toro was once in contention to play Cumberbatch's role, and del Toro has a similar appearance to Harrison, could this former redshirt be the identity of our mystery antagonist?

On top of this, it's been revealed that Klingons will be making an appearance outside of the bonus features of Star Trek, with two confirmed to be taking off their helmets to reveal their appearance to look like the original series' appearance except with ridges. However, they will still contain their facial hair and piercings present in TOS.

In Star Trek Into Darkness, when the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve and more, Star Trek Into Darknesshits theaters May 17th, 2013.