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