UPDATED: It’s a Christmas Miracle. The brand new Empire Magazine has a cover story from a Star Trek Into Darkness set visit including interviews with JJ Abrams and some of the cast. They also have some brand new exclusive images. TrekMovie has some excerpts of Abrams, Cumberbatch and Pine giving more details (and spoilers) on the film and its villain. Check that out below along with new images. [UPDATE 2: more images added]
UPDATE: More Details on John Harrison & Into Darkness
The new Empire Magazine Star Trek Into Darkness set visit feature contains new images, cool new covers and interview quotes from director JJ Abrams and some of the stars. Some of the most interesting quotes are regarding the film’s villain, John Harrison, who is the subject of much discussion and speculation.
Here is what some of them had to say about Harrison (interesting tidbits highlighted)…
Abrams: He was within Starfleet and has now turned against the organization and is hell-bent on revenge. He’s responsible for a very violent, horrific attack in London and then one in the States. He believes he and others were wronged and is focused on destruction. He’s an incredibly brilliant strategist who is aware of various truths that Kirk is not privy to.
Pine: He is Kirk’s shadow of death, his Achilles’ heel. He is just a big mirror reflecting all of Kirk’s insecurities back at him. He is just as intelligent and logical as Spock, but is also one very bad motherf—er.
Cumberbatch: He’s sort of superhuman, pretty much unbeatable. Brainy and brawny. He manipulates situations. He’s incarcerated when Kirk is talking to him and yet he still gets Kirk to do his work for him. He pushes him into a corner where the only route to salvation is cooperation. There is a real Hannibal Lecter quality to him.
The article also describes Harrison as a "Starfleet officer turned Galactic terrorist" as well as an "ex-Starfleet employee."
Some other highlights from the article
Mention of Kirk "forced into a rash decision that breaks a critical Starfleet command, puts his crew in danger and costs him his captain’s chair."
The mission to capture Harrison described as an attempt for Kirk to "rectify his mistake"
Film involves dozens of new sets/locations, including Kirk’s apartment
Check out these cool covers
There is much more in new issue of Empire Magazine (including additional new exclusive images). Pick up the digital copy at iTunes or on newstands on December 27th. Here are the two cool collectible covers.
The Pine cover shows Kirk wearing civilian atire which he dons when he goes on a mission to the Klingon home world of Qo’noS to capture Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison, who can be seen shackled in the other cover.
Additional covers Empire Magazine.
UPDATE 2: More Images
More image scans are now available…
Thanks to Alister