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Star Trek 2: Villain Revealed


By Robert T. Trate     May 01, 2012

With a little over a year to go and production into full swing Star Trek sequel news is starting to pop up everywhere. The news listed below at this point is a spoiler. When that first trailer hits it probably would have been revealed anyway.

The nature of the villain role played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Star Trek sequel may have been revealed. There are some additional spoilers that include cameos and alien races that could be featured in the sequel. And, as always, nothing is confirmed, so file these rumors under “extremely likely.” The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke. Star Trek 2 opens May 17, 2013.

TrekMovie has reportedly confirmed the rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous role is none other than Khan, the genetically engineered space tyrant. Originally played by Ricardo Montalban, Khan was rumored to be the sequel’s villain when Abrams was auditioning Latino talent like Benicio del Toro; the role ultimately went to Cumberbatch after was was called a “very powerful audition.” The site also reports that although Khan will be the antagonist in the sequel, the plot will not revolve around the original Star Trek series episode, “Space Seed,” where Starfleet first encountered Khan.

The other minor spoilers in the film include the return of Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime, a fact that the actor himself revealed during an interview with CNN and a recent tweet. Nimoy’s work for the film is reportedly complete, which will make Star Trek 2 his eighth film appearance in the series (William Shatner is next at seven). Lastly, the Klingons might be making an appearance in the Star Trek sequel. The adversaries were left on the cutting room floor in the original, but are reportedly too vital to the storyline to be left behind this time. Star Trek 2 is currently on schedule to finish up shoots in Northern California, having wrapped in Southern California and on stages.

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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FrozenFear 5/1/2012 8:51:41 AM

So next year we get to look forward to movies where both "Khan" & "General Zod" are villians....

Throw in the releases of Ninja Turtles, Carrie, Evil Dead, & Robocop and you've got the cinematic equivalent of the box of VHS tapes in the back of my closet.

jackwagon 5/1/2012 8:53:50 AM

Ugh...color me disappointed.  I don't care if this will be a "new take" on the character.  The writers had an opportunity to start with a blank slate and tell any story they could possibly conceive of, and they decided to reboot a villain we had already seen.  That is so remarkably uninteresting and uncreative.  And if the character won't bare much similarity to what he was like in Wrath of Khan, why bother slapping the name Khan Noonien Singh on him? (Answer: instant fan recognition and easy sell)

I'll still see the movie and hope for the best, but I would much rather have had the writers create an entirely new character, not just slap a popular previous villain's name on him as a fan service.

DarthBob 5/1/2012 8:58:41 AM

Let me be the first to say it, "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"  I was hoping for a different direction, but Khan is such an awesome villain.  I can understand why Abrams would go in that direction.  I believe that he will give Khan the due he deserves!

Wyldstaar 5/1/2012 9:06:40 AM

It makes a certain amount of sense from a purely logical point of view- Spock's, specifically.  The timeline is already so distorted that the Temporal Prime Directive goes out the window.  After finding a new home for the survivors of the Vulcan genocide, his next priority would be to make a list of every major threat he knows is on it's way.  Khan, V'ger, the whale probe, the Borg, the Bajoran wormhole, etc. can all be planned for ahead of time.  The threats that can be neutralized safely won't warrant a story, nor will the ones set far in the future.  Khan is a threat that can be addressed in a timely manner, though.

goirish83 5/1/2012 9:16:26 AM

I agree with DarthBob, Kahn is too important a character in the star Trek universe to ignore.  I am very excited about this.  I get the disappointment, but JJ knows what he is doing and this movie will ROCK !!  Kahn and Klingons, thats really all any Star Trek fan can ask for in a movie.

InnerSanctum 5/1/2012 9:38:36 AM

 Reboot and they go with Kahn.  Why try to play off THE classic ST film?  So, many stories to little creatvity.  

redvector 5/1/2012 9:40:31 AM

Too many weasel words in this news to get me too excited or pissed off like: "maybe" "Could be" and "nothing is confimed"

dojen1 5/1/2012 9:53:27 AM

I agree completely with Wyldstaar. Try not to be so cynical gang. My only hope is that they DO have Khan and his merry band floating adrift in hypersleep, when discovered by the Enterprise crew. Also, Khan makes sense, given the photos of Cumberbatch and Quinto fighting that were released a while back. It would take a superior human to be able to go toe-to-toe with a Vulcan. Abrams first ST film reignited my interest in the franchise, and I loom forward to his next chapter. Let's see a Guardian of Forever film too! Perhaps Kirk could use it to try and save his father's life...? Or Spock his mother's..?

xJokersxWildx 5/1/2012 9:55:12 AM

Zod and Khan are the best villians thats why lol . As long as we get the line........ you are in a position to demand nothing.. I on the other hand am in a position to grant .... nothing !! classic !

EagleManiac 5/1/2012 10:03:35 AM

As much as I was NOT looking forward to this reboot, I was pleasantly surprised by the Star Trek movie that Abrams put together. I really found myself enjoying it, and have enjoyed it each time I put the DVD in and sit back and watch.

This story arch does NOT have to be a re-telling of Wrath at all, but simply the re-introduction of Kahn into the Star Trek Universe, now that the timeline has been so messed up, thanks to Nero's actions.

I am personally excited about this and cannot wait to see what they have planned!

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