Benedict Cumberbatch unveils his new 'Star Trek' role
Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison in Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Hilary Fox, The Associated Press
Published Friday, December 14, 2012 10:40AM EST
Last Updated Friday, December 14, 2012 10:43AM EST
LONDON -- Benedict Cumberbatch has had a busy 24 hours.
The British actor was nominated for a Golden Globe, chased by the paparazzi in London and unveiled the first nine minutes of the new "Star Trek" movie Friday.
At a special IMAX presentation of the footage in London, Cumberbatch's menacing character John Harrison was introduced at the beginning of the much-anticipated "Star Trek Into Darkness."
The sequel kicks off at a fast pace, with Captain Kirk's trademark quips, a volcano erupting and Spock in grave danger during a mission to save a planet.
Cumberbatch was not allowed to reveal much about the plot, but the 36-year-old did admit that he auditioned for the role of Harrison -- who he describes as "a phenomenal one-man weapon of mass destruction" -- on an iPhone in his friend's kitchen.
Fans wanting to see the footage can catch it in front of selected IMAX 3D screenings worldwide of "The Hobbit," beginning Friday.
"Star Trek Into Darkness," directed by J.J. Abrams, opens next May.