Benicio Del Toro to be Offered Villain Role in ‘Star Trek 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

Set phasers to smile. For the last two years, Star Trek fans have been waiting patiently for any information about the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ popular 2009 film and now they have some good news.

According to new reports, Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro may soon be tormenting the cast and crew of the Starship Enterprise in an as-yet-unknown role. Director J.J. Abrams will reportedly make an offer to Benicio Del Toro to star as the main villain of Star Trek 2 this weekend.

Variety reports that the Del Toro deal isn’t totally locked yet, but it seems unlikely that the actor would turn down the chance to be part of a major blockbuster and sources say the Oscar-winner has already met with Abrams once about the part.

Interestingly, while we’re closer to landing an actor to play the villain, we still don’t know who the villain will be. In fact, at this point, even Del Toro doesn’t know.

Despite meeting with Abrams, in order to keep the character a secret, Del Toro hasn’t been told all the details of the role. That won’t keep us from speculating of course, so put on your Vulcan ears and let’s start debating.

Could Del Toro play another Romulan? A Klingon, perhaps? There are a ton of possibilities for villains in Star Trek 2, especially since the new franchise exists in an entirely separate timeline from the original series.

Then again, it’s possible that the original series could inspire a new take on a classic villain. Last year, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talked about being inspired by the original series and wanting the second film to be a new story that felt like “good old Star Trek.” Only time will tell exactly what that means for the movie, but it certainly will play a part in what role Del Toro finally ends up playing.

The 2009 Star Trek did something that a lot of people thought was impossible — make a nearly 50-year-old franchise sexy, fun, and appealing to modern audiences without offending diehard fans. Delivering an equally successful sequel is a tall order, but the addition of Del Toro to an already strong ensemble cast is a step in the right direction.

What do you think about Benicio Del Toro joining Star Trek 2? Who do you think he will play?

Source: Variety

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  1. Ben, they’re called the “Terran Empire”, whom are a ruthless, xenophobic alternate version of what Starfleet is who dominates other cultures and uses them to serve them as slaves.

    While it would be a funny if they had another latino playing a genetically augmented Indian in what is current called “Star Trek 2″, it’s just not right. What’s next, having the actor who plays the young Sarek play a blood thirsty Romulan in Star Trek 3?

  2. i think it would be great to see him on star trek he will definitely add a new dimension to whatever character he plays Klingon would be my choice

  3. how dull, another khan.

  4. KHAN!!!!!!!

  5. Not Kahn, KANG!!!!

    • Kang would be my druthers as well! Awesome Klingon baddie!

      Just please please please please PALEEEEZE don’t bing someone like Kang in only kill him at the end. Kang is worth WAY more than just one movie!

  6. Could he be the voice for the Gorm? I want my Gorm, by cod.

    • Gorm? Is that like a Gorn/worm hybrid or something? :-P

  7. What about ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ with Angilina Jolie as Edith Keeler. With today’s production values and special effects it would be an awesome movie.

  8. Why are so many people against Khan? I mean, if Kirk and Spock are there Khan would be too.

    • I don’t think people are debating whether or not Kahn exists… more like, why Kahn when there is so much more that hasn’t been done on film (among other concerns).

  9. He could be playing Worf.

  10. I highly doubt its khan. the first movie takes place in 2258, its earlier because of the differing events. kirk wasnt supposed to take command of enterprise until 2264. Their first run in with Khan was in 2267, nine years after the 2009 films time setting. i highly doubt that they will jump ahead 9 years for star trek 2. seems more like a 3rd or 4th film if they were to use khan.

    • That’s incorrect. Spock Prime going back in time jumbled the continuity (kirk’s father dies, spock’s mother dies, vulcan destroyed, etc.) so this is a new timeline. With that said, Khan’s ship has been floating out in space for over 300 years, anyone could find it at any time in the new continuity.

      I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that I know for a fact that the writers regard Khan as Kirk and co.’s greatest enemy. They wrote a comics story in Wired magazine (illustrated by the great Paul Pope) about Spock stranded on the ice planet that had Spock referring to Khan as such.

      Why would they avoid pitting Kirk against his greatest challenge…?

      • I guess they could pit him against khan, but wouldnt they save the greatest villan for the third movie? i just dont see them following the exact same villan again for the second trek. at least i hope not.

  11. I am with some of the other people here. Why reboot the franchise just to cover the same ground? While Khan might seem appealing, why go there again when there are so many other interesting avenues you can explore? You have a whole new timeline to explore, and if you want to tap into the cannon, why not go with lesser-known alien races, etc. and make a totally original story for them? That’s just my two cents…

    • My feeling is that they should do both, which I expect. But with that said, Khan is such a great character, why avoid him, it seems to me that they’d want to jump in with both feet. Rebooting Star Trek without Khan would be like rebooting without the Klingons, or Batman without the Joker, or Next Generation without the Borg, etc… I don’t see why bringing Khan into the story in a big way doesn’t leave room for all kinds of other additions… Plus if upping the ante is their goal, they’ve got lots of history from the tv shows to contend with, why not just go with the Borg, or Dominion, or…?

      I don’t envy the writers, they’ve got the mother of all challenges with this film. The trick that they’ve got to pull off is the one that’s always been the one sticking point with Star Trek: how do you make the leap from TV show to film? Star Trek is intrinsically a great tv show, but as a film it’s only worked a handful of times, with Wrath Of Khan being the shining example of one of the few times it succeeded. I guess that’s why I can’t help but foresee the writers being drawn to that character.