If there was any sort of backlash over Star Trek Into Darkness, it was the year worth of lies that JJ Abrams and the cast spewed over Khan. Everyone knew Cumberbatch was Khan, but the filmmakers thought they were smarter than everyone else and spent the entire year leading up to the movie trying to lie and mislead people about his identity. Will Star Wars suffer the same fate now that Abrams is directing it?
According to a new interview in the Telegraph, it doesn’t sound like it:
Before the release of last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams tried to keep secret the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch – something he now regrets. “We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he says.
“Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”
The backs up what Kathleen Kennedy said about Episode VII last year. I don’t think they’ll spill the beans completely, but they won’t try to deceive Star Wars fans the way they did Star Trek fans.