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Ramirez, Molla Circle TREK Sequel

Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Molla up for Benicio Del Toro's part in Star Trek sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     December 08, 2011
Source: Variety

Benicio Del Toro in THE WOLFMAN(2010).
© Universal Pictures

With the exit of Benicio Del Toro, director J.J. Abrams and his team over at Bad Robot have kicked it into overdrive in finding a villain for their Star Trek sequel. As such, the trades are quick to chime in with what sources are claiming are front-runners for the job. The two names that appear to be up top the casting list seem to be Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Molla. (Both photos down below). Both actors previously starred opposite Benicio Del Toro in the Che films.

Edgar Ramirez

Better Star Trek Kahn: Edgar Ramirez or Jordi Molla


His other credits include The Bourne Ultimatum, Domino and the upcoming sequel Wrath of the Titans.

Jordi Molla

Better Star Trek Kahn: Edgar Ramirez or Jordi Molla


Molla's credits include Bad Boys II, The Alamo, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Knight and Day.

At the moment, the confirmed cast seems to be Chris Pine, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. Both Eve and Weller are playing undisclosed parts, with the former playing a new character. With Del Toro deciding to drop off the negotiations for this next installment, the search is on for someone to play the villain.

The Star Trek sequel flies into theaters May 17, 2013.


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Wiseguy 12/8/2011 8:04:30 AM

What no Javier Bardem? If latinoreview is right Khan is still the villain and I think Bardem would be great and even if it isn't Khan Bardem would still be great.

muddseye 12/8/2011 8:48:10 AM

Why must JJ Trek steal from TOS?  isnt Space Seed something they could do in the "Ongoing" comic line?

jackwagon 12/8/2011 9:00:24 AM

While I'm still absolutely going to see Star Trek 2, I'm completely disappointed in the writers' plans to have Khan be the villain.  This reeks of being a fan service more than anything else.

monkeyfoot 12/8/2011 9:11:51 AM

I don't know enough about them to say yea or nay. I know I've seen them in their films but nothing distinct pops into my head. And of course it is not confirmed they are actually casting for Khan. Again, I'd rather they come up with their own characters and story rather than re-visiting.

Wiseguy, I believe Bardem is already commited to playing the bad guy in the next Bond film which has started filming. If Trek 2 starts in January he wouldn't be available.

gauleyboy420 12/8/2011 12:16:19 PM

How do you guys all know it will be Khan? If it is, I say COOL! a re-imagining of Khan, I watched ST II TWoK yesterday, still love that film, and would love to see what JJ would do. But I haven't seen anything to lead me to belive Khan is in JJ ST:2

SarcasticCaveman 12/8/2011 1:45:56 PM

 I just think it's entirely too silly to use Khan, gauleyboy...I love The Wrath of Khan, it's still my favorite Star Trek movie, but JJ Abrams went through the trouble to totally resetting everything (except Enterprise) with AWESOME results, to do something that's already been done masterfully is just stupid, IMO.  I'm totally down with the new re-imagining or new timeline, whichever you prefer, but I just wish that they would strive for new and different in the new and different world they've created.

Redshirt1 12/8/2011 2:52:52 PM

Hasn't Abrams said on multiple occasions that the villian is not Khan.  Why is everyone so certain that the vilian is Khan?

Wiseguy 12/8/2011 2:57:53 PM

Khan doesn't mean the same story again. This is an alternate timeline so they can switch it up and tweak his character and origin to different degrees and making him new again sort of.

Also a new timeline doesn't mean an entire new completely different universe. Kirk is still Capt., Spock is still half Vulcan half human, McCoy is still the Doc etc. etc. meaning that even though there is some change in this timeline to the characters it's still very much like the original so why shouldn't everything else be "similar". Yeah there'll be major differences when it comes to Vulcans for obvious reasons and the ripple effects it causes but where that doesn't affect it should remain a sort of variation of the original. Obviously that variation can be huge or small

And with all that as I've said before I'm not opposed to something completely new either, just that having a new take on any original character can be easily explained and makes sense too

Wiseguy 12/8/2011 3:07:53 PM

Redshirt, no one knows for sure wether or not Khan is in it it's all just speculation stemming from a latinoreview report from a "source". And JJ looking at all these different latino actors just helps fuel that suspicion.

Also, didn't Snyder claim no Zod for Superman just months before the role was cast. And JJ's statement, at least the one I read, just said "not true" to the report. Which can be construed different ways in some's minds and not an outright denial of Khan but of anything in latinoreview's report

hfc7036 12/8/2011 4:37:05 PM

 It's not going to be Khan.  That was already established, now three times by Abrams himself.  Now, moving on.  These two actors are something else.  They are very vibrant and energetic.  Whether or not they are actually being looked at for the next movie is unclear.  So, there's no use speculating on this either way.  Give me a confirmed report, please.

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