Simon Pegg Denies ‘Star Trek 2′ Villain is Khan; Talks ‘World’s End’

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

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Fan-favorite actor/writer Simon Pegg has a handful of high-profile ventures on his plate – including his respective parts in the pilot for Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont’s new TV series L.A. Noir and director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 (not the official title), both of which Pegg recently completed work on. Not to mention, his upcoming reunion with director Edgar Wright and Nick Frost on the conclusion to their “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, The World’s End.

In a recent profile piece for The Telegraph, Pegg touched on how the Trek sequel is a tricky animal – one which, in different respects, has been easier to make than its predecessor (Abrams’ reboot of the franchise), but also faces challenges similar to those for any followup to a popular blockbuster:

“This time [with ‘Star Trek 2′] we had the benefit of being able to hit the ground running – we spent some time in the first one re-establishing the characters. Now we have a fully set-up group of people that we can just get on with straight away. So it ups the ante slightly, and we’ve all had more to do. So it’s totally incumbent on us to not drop the ball. It would be a disaster if it wasn’t as good as – or better than – the first one.”

Pegg also confirmed that Scotty will be a full-time member of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew in the new Trek movie. As for those rampant rumors that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is playing superhuman Khan Noonien Singh – Pegg not only addressed them head-on, he openly admitted to being pretty fed up with all the speculation:

“[Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is] not just another disgruntled alien. It’s a really interesting… sort of… thing. Obviously I can’t talk about it… It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not… I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them. It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it’s just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, ‘Oh f— off! Wait for the film!’”

On the one hand, Pegg does raise a valid point. We fans can get pushy when it comes to learning more about an anticipated blockbuster, especially one where production has been as low-key as that for the Star Trek sequel. Certain people have proven willing to dismiss a franchise title in advance based solely on the identity of the villain (see: reactions to General Zod in Man of Steel).

On the other hand: coming up with theories about the possible new interpretation of a famous character makes for harmless fun. It’s something we’re all going to do anyway, so by revealing a film’s baddie far in advance of its release – like what Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan did with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises – you can at least ensure that fans stay on the right track, as far as speculation goes.

Moving on…

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Frost, Wright, and Pegg on the set of 'Hot Fuzz'

Lastly, Pegg dropped a few hints about what to expect from The World’s End – and how it will complete the trilogy, starting with Shaun of the Dead and continued by Hot Fuzz (at least, thematically-speaking):

“I think [‘The World’s End’] makes the three films a trilogy, in that it consolidates some themes and ideas that we started to explore in the first two. ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ are about the struggle of essentially a small group against a large group, and it’ll continue that forward. We’ve said in our most lofty moments that ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ was about evolution – it was about Shaun becoming something more than he was. ‘Hot Fuzz’ was about devolution – it was about [super-cop] Nick Angel dumbing himself down to become something else. And ‘World’s End’ is about revolution, which will be apparent when you see it.”

Production could feasibly get underway on World’s End as soon as the last third of 2012 [Insert obligatory Mayan Apocalypse joke here] – though that will also depend on whether or not Marvel sets Wright to begin shooting his long-gestating Ant-Man movie by this upcoming fall. There’s plenty of positive buzz for both projects, so no matter which begins filming first, it’s a win-win for fans.

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the status of The World’s End as more information is released.

Meanwhile, Star Trek 2 has already been scheduled to hit theaters in the U.S. on May 17th, 2013.

Source: The Telegraph

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  1. And that I hope, puts Khan to rest…

    • Yes…so much for all the “good”, or “reliable”, reporting in the past…

  2. Hardcord Vincent Mudd !!! that
    is all

    • Lol, I thought of that Keno but I’m glad you said it.

  3. If you meant Harcourt Fenton Mudd… See dag-nab-it you made me say it!

    • Drat, you got to it first! 😀

      • So then we can expect more trouble with tribbles? I know how fond the Klingons are of those adorable little creatures. :-)

        • Mudd had nothing to do with Tribbles — Mudd had a “love potion.” Cyrano Jones had the Tribbles.

        • And the Klingons will have to go on the great Tribble blood feud again, since the timeline has been changed. I guess they’ll have to create that Gla’ma all over again.



    • I hated Mudd…or maybe it was just the actor that played him. Haven’t seen it in a long time…

      • I’d be ok with Mudd if they made him a LOT darker! The 60’s version was way too goofy to be a main movie villain.

        Q was similar in Next Gen, but again, he had points where he could go dark and sinister.

        Mudd could be a trixter devil type if properly fleshed out.

        • Q was one of the best villains in TNG universe, along with the Borg. It would actually be kind of cool if they could incorporate the Continuum into the new timeline.

          • I dislike character’s like ‘Q’ simply because it’s an easy out for the writers.

            If they’re a bit lazy or have no ideas that week, oh then simply have ‘Q’ come along and play with the crew for an episode, have them go to Sherwood Forest or some other crap.

            Then have him cross over into every other ST series and be a pain in the a*** there too.

            We don’t have to come up with a good idea, just bring in ‘Q’ and you can do pretty much whatever stupid idea you can think of.

            Q’s involvement in ST:TNG was only ever really good in a few exceptional instance’s, one being where he introduces The Borg, the other was where he tempts Riker to become a ‘Q’ himself.

            I just find omnipotent character’s rather boring and lazy effort’s on the writer’s part.

            • I felt the one where he actually loses his powers was very good.

              • Forgot about that one, that was his ‘Thor’ moment, learning some humility. Didn’t he also have some aches, pains and back problems in that one as well?

  4. I am grateful that is NOT Khan. I prefer new villains, if they’re done well…

  5. it’s Khan.
    More stupid Abrams disinformation.

    • Kinda seems like if Pegg really just told everybody that the villain isn’t Khan (which is what he said) that Abrams would be pissed, wouldn’t they have said that already? Or more importantly doesn’t that violate his contract not to talk about the film…?

    • Ah, at this point, you might want to consider that Khan was the disinformation, spread by fanboys who did not know any better…

      • Or that this is disinformation spread by a cast that doesn’t have their highly anticipated movie coming out for another year?

        I don’t buy it. I still think it’s Khan. And I think there’s the strong possibility that Leonard Nimoy will be back as Spock Prime.

        • Alrightee then. Despite the angry denial from a cast member, it must be Khan, because you think so…

          • Unless Abrams or one of the writers or producers officially comes out and says ‘Pegg was correct, it’s not Khan’, then he’s still on the table. The very first discussion they had about the sequel was whether to do Khan or not. According to the leaked pictures Cumberbatch is not a Klingon, right? Let’s put it another way, when Christopher Nolan went forward with his sequel to Batman Begins what if he’d said, ‘I’m going to skip the Joker and go with a lesser known villain or a new villain altogether for this one’? To me, Khan is as obvious a choice as the Joker. We’re in the midst of a slew of classic heroes being redefined and excellently presented to a modern audience, doesn’t it make sense to reintroduce the classic villains as well?

            Plus, it’s in their minds that if this movie were to flop (which I highly doubt) they’ll all look at each other and say, ‘we should’ve done Khan, and we blew it by passing on the opportunity.’.

  6. I want to see Gary from Where no Man has Gone Before and Kelso also. Maybe a credits scene that shows the Botany Bay floating in space

    • It won’t be Gary Mitchell as that story line was used in the recent prequel comics, which are official canon.

      • The comics are going to start hinting clues as to the plot of the sequel soon, and they’re overseen by Bob Orci, so yes they’re canon. Mostly they’ve been good stuff, although the ongoing has been hit and miss, with more misses than I’d like. But Nero and Countdown were fantastic companion pieces to ST09, and really filled in a lot of gaps that folks were wondering about…

  7. Tribbles. The villains are tribbles…

    • They can’t be, they’re no ‘tribble’ at all!

  8. ” It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them. It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it’s just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, ‘Oh f— off! Wait for the film!’”

    Pegg has completely forgotten what it is like to be a fan hasn’t he?

    • It sounds like you are mad at him, because he revealed that Khan is not going to be the villain. I, rather, thank him for dispelling the false notion…

      • Hardly. I was, and always have been, totally against the idea of using Khan Noonien Singh.

        Rather that Pegg, who used to be the nerd who got famous, has become just a typical actor, irritated by things he surely used to do.

        • Perhaps becoming an actor he’s realised the error of his ways, he now knows it’s just annoying, as he’s found out with the constant questions about Khan.

    • I was kinda shocked at his comment as well (my first thought was: Really? that’s what the fans get for showing interest in a movie? a “f- off”?)
      But I do get where he’s coming from… people constantly want to know as much about a movie as they possibly can and then when they see it, there’s always complaints that they wish they’d have gone into the theater knowing as little as possible. Or worse, they find out a small bit of info about a movie that upsets them and they immediately make up their minds and decide not to even see the film! It’s nonsensical IMO.

      That said, I do think the speculation and discussion is fun. It’s what keeps us fans busy till the movie hits and it also acts as a “build up” in a way that gets us hyped to see the film. In the end, I think debating over mystery villains and things like that adds to the whole experience.

      • I get where he is coming from, but I think there might have been a more tactful way to have put the point across. Of course I don’t want the whole movie spoiled, but I want to know enough to become hugely excited. Knowing who the villain is and what the story is about, hardly ruins the movie.

        And after such a massive delay in between the films, we deserve to know something, especially as filming is finished.

        • Completely agree.

          • Yeah, since it’s not coming out for such a long time I get why they want to tamp down on the speculation, their goal is to surprise and entertain us and please the hardcore fanbase while they’re at it, I get that. But Mr. Pegg could have been a little more tactful, although I can appreciate the candor at the same time.

            If it really isn’t Khan though, I have a hard time buying that Abrams would have let him shout it out in a moment of frustration. It doesn’t quite add up.

    • I agree, DSB. My first thought was “That Nerd must of turned to the Dark Side.”. But, I’m sure it HAS to get old though. Especially when people are always asking about Khan and not poor ol’ Scotty.

    • I think he has just realized how frustrating things like that are now that he’s in the business.

  9. The actors of any highly anticipated film are always in a tough position. Many times it appears that an actor has either said too much or said something contradictory or otherwise embarassing in some interview. Of course, with the hunger for information, a lot of these sites and magazines are trying to go straight to the actor to get the scoop, thinking and hoping to catch them in an unguarded moment. I’m sure it drives the directors and producers nuts. They can sign them to as many non-disclosure agreements as possible, but humans are humans. Plus, with actors tending to work on multiple projects at the same time, they might forget what movie they are talking about!

    • Hey Jeff…hope I never end up disagreeing with you, else it will look like you are arguing with yourself…Jeff

      • I argue with myself all the time.

  10. Mudd.

  11. I wonder if perhaps the problem (if there is any) is that Pegg is kind of low on the totem pole if you were to rank the actors by their position on the crew. TV Scotty was a definite number 4 behind Kirk, Spock and McCoy, but now in the movie, he appears to be behind those three, Uhura, and it’s a toss between him and Sulu and Chekov. He probably shouldn’t be the one making too many pronouncements about fan perceptions and demands for information.

    • Pegg’s just probably an outspoken guy. I also think the crew will be on more equal terms in the next one, the focus will always be on Kirk and Spock, but I bet the rest of the crew will get equal time so it’s not just the William Shatner hour like TOS was at times. And Mr. Pegg is a scene stealer, I bet he ad-libbed the line about ‘can I get a towel?’ in ST09. He was drawing attention to himself with that towel for the next 10 minutes of the movie and it was pretty hilarious.

      • I also liked “Do they still have sandwiches in the future?”

  12. Maybe the enemies are remnants of Terra Prime From Enterprise

  13. Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

    hahahaha I pray that Chris Pine sqys it just as good.

  14. And it was indeed KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!