Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek 2 role revealed?

It's somebody from the existing Star Trek universe…

Ever since news of a sequel to Star Trekwas announced, the rumour mill has continually been awash with speculation as to the identity of the villain in Star Trek 2.

When Benecio Del Toro was attached to the project, it was assumed that he would be playing the genetically engineered despot Khan, until Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to replace him, and the whole thing was blown wide open again.

Now TrekMovie claims to have an inside source who can confirm that Cumberbatch will be playing Khan after all. Originally played by Ricardo Montalban, Khan Noonien Singh is an exiled war monger bearing a nasty grudge against Starfleet.

Having already served as the primary antagonist in Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan, Khan first popped up in the episode Space Seed, although TrekMovie claims that the new film will not just be a rehash of that existing origin story.

Meanwhile, Leonard Nimoy will also make an appearance in the sequel as Spock Prime. "I enjoy conversations with JJ Abrams and Zachary Quinto," said Nimoy via his Twitter account. "Keeping up on their work. They are my friends. LLAP."

Star Trek 2 opens in the UK on 17 May 2013.

Is Khan a good choice for the villain? Tell us, below...

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 1st 2012, 8:16

      Really? Surely they can come up with something.. you know.... original.

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    • 2Dglasses

      May 1st 2012, 8:39

      Im confused. Its a character called Khan...who is the villain, but its not the same origins story? And spock 'prime' wont just be able to quickly explain how to defeat him?

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    • badger86

      May 1st 2012, 10:48

      I'm one of the star trek fans who spent a lot of time trying to convince other trek fans of the validity and necessity of Abrams reboot. Unfortunately the franchise had all but died, it needed a makeover to keep it alive and JJ did that. I still had issues with it, but I'd rather Abrams trek than no trek. This news however has made me sort of angry that i ever did defend the reboot, i thought the whole point was to create an alternate timeline where new adventures could take place? Why go to all that trouble only to re use Khan? Sure they might put a spin on it but still, seems lazy. Bringing back Nimoy, again? He is awesome, no doubt, but why are they still clinging to classic trek when the have the opportunity to do something new?

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    • Hadouken76

      May 1st 2012, 11:15

      Will he turning into a dragon? Oh wait, thats the other film

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    • SiMan

      May 1st 2012, 12:25

      The most important question is whether Chris Pine will be able to yell 'KHHAAAANNN' with as much gusto as the Shatner. I predict...no.

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 1st 2012, 12:32

      I'm looking forward to the new Star Trek III: The Search for Two Spocks

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    • 2Dglasses

      May 1st 2012, 13:25

      Along with iV-Another Voyage Home. V-The Penultimate Frontier, VI-The Rediscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations with 'Kirk Prime' Star Trek :Second Contact and worst of all, Star Trek :Insurrection.

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    • Ali1748

      May 1st 2012, 15:24

      I hope he's not playing Khan.

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    • chrysler

      May 1st 2012, 20:36

      sigh!!........................and that's why you're not producing a star trek film for the general public!!!

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    • writerdave87

      May 1st 2012, 20:48

      Let's all be thankful that if The KoC ever did a casting call he'd end up in jail before any of the clusterf*cks his fevered imagination vomits out.

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    • chrysler

      May 1st 2012, 20:53

      @the KoC, touchy today aren't we! also why did you list all your favourite trek films. who asked for that little insight into your mind.

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    • chrysler

      May 1st 2012, 21:33

      @TKOC, star trek was a success in that it was an exciting sci-fi action film that rebooted a faltering franchise & still managed to appease fans of the original series (tv & film). furthermore it was a critical & financial success that was accessible to a non-trekkie audience, myself included. none of this would be achievable if the primary antagonist had roots in some earlier film. Ive seen a 3 or 4 star trek films and apart from the wrath of khan most of them are pretty convoluted and boring if you're not steeped in trek lore.

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    • writerdave87

      May 2nd 2012, 6:00

      I actually quite like 'ultimate d******d'. I sound like a super villain.

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    • ItsNotAmnesia

      May 2nd 2012, 16:48

      Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan?!?!

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    • alexr

      May 4th 2012, 16:37

      Ok. STOP. Just STOP. Even though the franchise has been rebooted, and even though the timeline has been reset, Khan comes from a time period prior to the alterations. It is still feasible that Khan's ship ould be discovered, if not by Kirk and the Enterprise, then perhaps by some other starship captain who is not a resourceful as Kirk. This ship could be taken over easily by a group of 20th century supermen. Without Kirk to stop him taking control of the ship, Khan may gain experience in 3 dimentional space combat and prove 'more than a match for poor Enterprise' when Kirk is inevitably ordered to take him down. We also don't need to see the Genesis device as that does not happen for a number of years yet (Kirk would need to knock up Carol Marcus and she'd need to give birth to David, who would need to go into the same area of scientific research - it's a complicated issue). Khan just needs to grab a ship, a WMD, and start taking out starbases that hold personal significance to Kirk. Kirk could even end the movie exiling Cumber-Khan on Ceti Alpha V! Wait a sec - have I just guessed the actual ending? Remeber though, this casting is not yet confirmed. It's still just a rumour from an 'inside source'. To be Khan - or not to be Khan? I'll be happy either way.

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    • acrestare

      May 4th 2012, 21:17

      TheKingOfCinema, I don't think that would make sense if he's playing the son of Ru'afo because that guy was from the 2300s, this is from the 2200s, so how could the son be from a previous time? However it is Star Trek, so maybe there's some kind of freaky time-travel thing involved...

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    • FBJPhillip46

      May 6th 2012, 14:08

      KHAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Yuichi

      Jul 17th 2012, 11:40

      I really love the potential of the fact that they wiped the slate clean and have an open timeline that won't interfere with the events of the original series so I really do think it would be nice if they created some original ideas. having said that i liked the old gary mitchell storyline and seeing an amazing actor like Benedict Cumberbatch do something like this is most welcome.

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