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'Star Trek 2' First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch as Shocking Villain

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Feb 24, 2012 | 8:31am EST

News that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing the villain in the upcoming Star Trek 2 came last month, breeding some mixed feelings. Cumberbatch was replacing the previously named Benicio del Toro—not someone who is easy to outshine. But Cumberbatch is not a fellow lacking in talent. He has played Stephen Hawking and Vincent Van Gogh, and will next year be seen in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: There and Back Again. So although Cumberbatch might not have the same clout attached to his name that del Toro does, rest assured that he can handle a meaty role with the best of 'em. 

And sure, some might worry that his reputation of playing stoic, proper characters might get in the way of a truly villainous performance. But if there is one thing the below shots of Cumberbatch (released by MTV,) in character on the Star Trek 2 set promise, it's a spirited, emotional performance. In fact, that first pic might be showing an emotion entirely new to mankind. Something like, horrorpain. Or angershock. Also depicted below are Star Trek stars Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.

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