Benedict Cumberbatch is Star Trek 2 villain

Noel Clarke also signs on

Star Trek 2 has finally bagged itself a villain, and we’re delighted to reveal that it’s none other than Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch!

For months it had seemed as though Benicio Del Toro would be cast in J.J. Abrams’ sequel, but the Puerto Rican actor reportedly passed on the opportunity over a pay dispute.

Now the door has swung open for Cumberbatch, who has seized upon what is surely the biggest role of his career to date. Combined with his vocal role as Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit, it seems as though his place on Hollywood’s A-list is all but confirmed.

As for who he might play, details have yet to be released at this point. Khan Noonien Singh, the villain originally played by Ricardo Montalban, was the hot favourite when Del Toro was attached, and we don’t see why that would necessarily have changed now Cumberbatch is in place.

In any case, it’s great to see the multi-talented Cumberbatch get a chance to shine in a Hollywood blockbuster, and we can’t wait to see him bring his signature brand of icy detachment to the Star Trek universe.

He'll also be joined on set by another British actor in the form of Noel Clarke, who has also signed on for an as-yet unnamed role. Details are scarce at present, but Variety reports that Clarke will play "a family man with a wife and young daughter." Hmm, who fancies his chance of survival then?

Star Trek 2 is released in the US on 17 May 2013, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.

What do you think of Cumberbatch as the villain? Is he a good choice? Tell us, below.

Comments

    • EddieFelson

      Jan 5th 2012, 11:36

      Agreed, Benedict Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor and anyone interested in his early work or indeed is looking forward to TDKR (sorry for brining it up as there is already enough hype, however it's relevant) should check out Stuart a life backwards starring an unrecognisable Tom Hardy who also starred as Shinzon a young clone of Picard in Star Trek Nemesis, not his best work however he was trying to break it on the big screen!

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    • demmike

      Jan 5th 2012, 12:03

      'Initiate Attack Pattern Shinzon Theta 5' And wait half an hour for the wings of ship to rise giving the enterprise plenty of time to prepare escape/attack.

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 5th 2012, 15:22

      Cumbertbatch and Clarke are both great actors, this is quality news. And Eddie is right- Stuart a Life Backwards is well worth a watch.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 5th 2012, 22:10

      And who said Brit's are typecast as villains in Hollywood ?

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    • umiqua

      Jan 6th 2012, 1:16

      Re: "And who said Brit's are typecast as villains in Hollywood ?" by Ali1748 Probably an oblivious moron who hasn't been paying attention to all the American superhero movies of late (Nolan's Batman series, the upcoming Superman and Spider-Man movies...and many, many other *non*-superhero movies/tv shows with Brits as heroic leads).

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    • trist808

      Jan 6th 2012, 11:25

      Great choice for the villain (whether it's Khan or not), Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor and nationality aside I think he'll make a great adversary for the Enterprise crew. He may be another Englishman cast as a villain in a Hollywood movie, but so what, when it comes to playing the member of an alien race, surely nationality doesn't mean anything. Anyway we produce the best actors, so why not. Hey Dalidab, will there be any stars in Star Trek??? :)

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    • trist808

      Jan 6th 2012, 11:26

      As for Clarke, that write-up doesn't bode well does it ... anyone else thinking Clarke will be wearing a red shirt? lol

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    • demmike

      Jan 6th 2012, 11:36

      Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy! Epic talent? Oh I think so.

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 6th 2012, 13:45

      I'm guessing Clarke gets a brain slug :p

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    • trist808

      Jan 6th 2012, 15:44

      Along with Chekov surely? :) Actually that said, if Khan is the villain, I don't want to see a direct remake of "Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan". With the brand new timeline being established in the first film, I would hope the back-story of Khan and the plot of this sequel will differ greatly from the original Space Seed TV episode and the original film. Very excited to see what they do with it though :)

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 6th 2012, 16:42

      Oh definitely, I'd much prefer them to keep the sheer brilliance and bloody minded determination of Khan but transpose that into a different storyline! Cumberbatch as a villain would be mint!

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 6th 2012, 20:45

      lol I was only joking.

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    • EddieFelson

      Jan 13th 2012, 15:07

      @demmike concurred epic talent indeed! @trist808 I agree they should steer clear of simply remaking "Wrath of Khan" and focus on a fresh take (without a Doomsday Machine hopefully) and in J.J's defence he said it would be a new story however having Damon Lindelof scripting it has left me slightly perplexed probably wont find out what's going on until Star Trek 8!

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