‘Star Trek 2′ Villain(s) Revealed At Last? TOS Character Cameo Confirmed?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 26th, 2014 at 10:20 am,

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J.J. Abrams is getting pretty close to the conclusion of his six-month production for the untitled Star Trek sequel now. Outside of a few unrevealing set photos and technical details having been leaked, the filmmaker has proven quite successful at maintaing secrecy around his tentpole, sci-fi franchise project.

Here’s the inevitable “however” – several juicy Star Trek 2 rumors are circulating right now, ranging from the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character – to the possibility of an original series cast member showing up – and details about certain classic Trek baddies, playing second fiddle in the film.

Suffice it to say: none of this is official right now and should be taken with a grain of salt. However, those who wish to avoid any potential spoilers at this point, STOP READING NOW!!!


TrekMovie‘s trusted sources are confirming what other outlets (including AICN) have been claiming lately: that Cumberbatch is indeed portraying super-human Khan Noonien Singh, rumored to be the central antagonist in the Trek sequel ever since Benicio Del Toro was being eyed for the role.

While this news is far from 100% guaranteed true (much less official), there’s more than a little good reason to suspect that it’s accurate. Trek sequel co-writer Damon Lindelof previously indicated that he and his collaborators (Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) are taking their cues for the sequel from The Dark Knight, which likewise featured an iconic villain, who’d already been featured in a previous cinematic incarnation of that particular franchise.

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After Del Toro passed on the role, other Latino/Hispanic actors were eyed as a replacement for the Trek sequel villain part, prompting comparisons to the previous actor to play Khan onscreen, Mexican thespian Ricardo Montalban. (Yes, we know the character was originally supposed to be of Indian Asian descent.) However, fan-fave Cumberbatch (Sherlock) surprised most everyone by walking away with the role, leading to speculation that all the Khan talk may well have been off the mark.

Perhaps the biggest piece of evidence that suggests the Khan story is indeed true was presented recently by Cumberbatch himself (albeit, somewhat inadvertently). During an interview with LondonNet, the actor revealed that he’d been working out and altering his physique, so as to play a character in the Trek sequel described simply as “strong.” Khan, who possesses super-human strength enough as to present a challenge to Spock (see: the linked set photos), fits that bill.

That’s all to say: it may not be a “shock,” but Cumberbatch as Khan looks like a pretty good bet right now. As to whether or not that’s a wise move on Abram and Co.’s part: Screen Rant‘s own Rob Keyes has already argued quite effectively how an alternative-verse version of Khan could indeed be a worthwhile creation (and not just a rehash of Montalban’s iteration of the character).

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  1. Tribbles… Come ON JJ you canmake this work!!! jk Platoes stepchildren… or the one where they bump into apollos hand in space could work… apollo has to recharge is batteries and kirk fights a giant lizzard oh wait how about the one where they have to dress like gangsters and call the phasers “heaters” lets just go with the red hour and be done with it… Star Trek 2 khan and the wrath of tribbles!

  2. the best star trek sequel would be finding the botony bay while enroute to respond to the uss constitution dealing with the doomsday machine, khan steals the constitution and eventually dies after battling the enterprise while the doomsday machine is close behind, jj abrams has to remember that even though he may of changed theyre lives there are outside forces that are still at work unaffected by the change in the time line ex: V-ger, whale probe, doomsday machine and so on. but khan stealing the constitution would make an awesome movie with his eventual DEATH destroying the doomsday machine thats my opinion

  3. of course thats not whats going to happen and im going to be upset =(

  4. Considering Khan and his associates left Earth before the divergence of the timeline, his and their attitudes and behavior would be identical to that of the ST:TOS episode. The real question is, who discovers the Botany Bay this time, and has to deal with the newly awakened super humans? Theoretically, they could have been discovered by someone else in the past 25 years. And Khan is a Super Humans First, Humans Second, aliens last type.

  5. If the character Khan is the basis for the sequel, I won’t be going to the movie. Talk about Hollywoods lack of imagination or originality.

  6. Are the rumors true about it being Khan. The villain looks more like Gary Mitchell off of “Where no man has gone before” episode.

  7. lol i love the picture “Sherlock Star trek”