Who’s Who in ‘Trek 2′: J.J. Abrams Shines a Light on ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Secrets

We are six months out until the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, and we still don’t know exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. (Is it Khan? Gary Mitchell?)

But thanks to a recent press event for the film at Bad Robot, we do know which fan-favorite character Alice Eve plays in the top-secret sequel — As well as a few more story tidbits. Read on to find out…

Several reporters attending the event have confirmed, via Twitter, that Eve plays Carol Marcus in the film.

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Marcus was Captain Kirk’s estranged lover – and the mother of his son. The character’s appearance in Into Darkness only adds to the rampant rumors suggesting that Cumberbatch is indeed playing Khan, Trek’s most infamous villain. (Even though a recently-released still of the film identifies Cumberbatch in the role of “John Harrison,” that could be a red herring. Remember: The filmmakers have previously gone on record saying that the Sherlock star is playing a character from classic Trek canon, and Harrison is not a name from original continuity.)

What else can audiences expect from the sequel? “There are 14 Klingon characters in the film,” reports ComingSoon.net’s Silas Lesnick via Twitter. Only 2 of the 14 aliens will have speaking roles, however. Also, expect the Klingons to sport “ornamental piercings”. You know, to stay hip.

The press event is a prelude to the December 14 premiere of Darkness’ first 9 minutes, which will be attached to IMAX and IMAX 3D prints of The Hobbit. The films’ first full trailer will also be released this weekend on all non-IMAX prints of The Hobbit.

Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in theaters on May 17, 2013.

Who do you think the villain is in Star Trek Into Darkness? Discuss below. 

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