MTV News have now posted a video of the Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch fight scene that J.J. Abrams was shooting late last week on the set of his new Star Trek film. We have previously seen still photos of this fight between Spock and Cumberbatch's as yet undisclosed villain but it is always nice to see the footage in motion to give us a true sense of what the finished product will look like.
You can watch the scene below;
As you can see from the fight scene Cumberbatch is more than holding his own against Spock. This had us to believe that our guess last Friday that Cumberbatch is probably playing Gary Mitchell, a memorable villain from the original series and who actually appeared in the screened Trek pilot (which was actually the second shot) episode Where No Many Has Gone Before. In the episode we find out the Lt. Cmdr. is Kirks best friend and the Enterprise navigator but during a mission encounter with a strange occurrence he is transformed into a God like being.
No human can ever match Spock in a fair 1-1 fight but then Mitchell has gone beyond human, which we suspect has happened to Cumberbatch here.
Another clever aspect of using Mitchell is that he appears in the very first episode of the original series of Trek. For fans, he was part of the first mission with the crew already established that we had seen. Which is exactly what this next film is going to be for us. That is a genius idea.
Star Trek is coming May 17th, 2013 and finds all the main crew of the Enterprise from the original return; Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and Bruce Greenwood (the now wheel chair marooned Captain Pike).
New castings for the sequel are Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke.