Star Trek 2
was an exciting prospect in itself, before it bagged one of the most exciting actors of the moment as its villain: yep,
J.J. Abrams has recently started shooting the sequel to his hugely popular reboot, and some on-set pictures have been leaked online.
MTV.com revealed the snaps, which show Cumberbatch's as-yet unnamed character battling Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana).
Intriguingly, MTV.com points out that Cumberbatch seems to be wearing a Starfleet uniform under his shiny outerwear, so does this mean he'll be a good guy gone rogue?
This also highlights another interesting aspect of the pics, in that Cumberbatch's character doesn't appear to be either Khan Noonien Singh or a Klingon.
The smart money would be on him playing a calculating, hyperintelligent baddie though. Looks like we'll have to wait for his turn in The Hobbit to see him as a truly unrecognisable villain…
Star Trek 2 will open in the UK on 17 May 2013.