This fits with Cumberbatch's insistence that if anyone knew who the villain was, they wouldn't be interested, and JJ going on a major campaign of producing buzz before it even gets out. I will find that source for you and back this up.
Also, it fits with why a Hispanic actor was initially desired, look at Harrison on Memory Alpha.
They originally wanted Benicio Del Toro (Puerto Rican) as the lead. He actually resembles the Ron Veto (Hawaiian) who played Harrison in the original series first season episodes. Check out the comparison:
Ron Veto/ Lt Harrison