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Someone may have already brought this topic up as this information is weeks old, but I think it's interesting and worth a mention, so here we go...
On July 9th 2012, io9 posted an article titled Did Karl Urban just reveal Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek villain? The article says that, according to SFX, Karl Urban was asked about Cumberbatch and replied "He's awesome, he's a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary."
For those who do not know who Gary Mitchell is, here is io9's rundown of the character and the plot of the episode he was featured in: "Gary Mitchell, for those who missed it, was the quasi-villain of the first episode of Star Trek that William Shatner filmed (although not the first aired episode.) Mitchell, an old friend of Kirk's from the Academy, gets hit with strange energy when the Enterprise passes through the barrier at the edge of the galaxy, and develops godlike powers... which in turn make him into a psychopath."
There are a few reasons why Mitchell may not be the villain Cumberbatch is playing (hint: read the article for these reasons), but this situation is still plausible.
Here are my questions, Trekspacers: what do you think about Gary Mitchell as the villain in the newest Star Trek movie? Do you think Gary Mitchell is a better villain for this movie than Khan Noonien Singh, who Cumberbatch was also said to have been playing? What do you think about the TOS episode that Mitchell appeared in?
Link to io9's article: http://io9.com/5924589/did-karl-urban-just-reveal-benedict-cumberba...
Memory Alpha's Gary Mitchell page: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Gary_Mitchell