Simon Pegg says Star Trek 2 villain isn’t Khan

Dismisses recent casting rumours

Just when all the hype had seemed to quieten down concerning the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, Simon Pegg has come out and denied that Khan will be the villain in Star Trek 2.

Earlier this month TrekMovie claimed to have received confirmation that Cumberbatch would be playing the intergalactic tyrant, Khan Noonien Singh, but Pegg has subsequently dismissed that as pure speculation.

“It’s not Khan,” reveals Pegg. “That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them.”

That sounds pretty conclusive to us. However, rather than worrying about the identity of the villain, Pegg seems more concerned about the pressure of living up to the first film.

“This time we had the benefit of being able to hit the ground running,” he explains. “We spent some time in the first one re-establishing the characters. Now we have a fully set-up group of people that we can just get on with straight away. So it ups the ante slightly, and we’ve all had more to do.”

“It’s totally incumbent on us to not drop the ball,” he continues. “It would be a disaster if it wasn’t as good as – or better than – the first one.” Star Trek 2 opens in the UK on 17 May 2013.

Who do you want the villain to be? Make your suggestions, below...


    • cc1129

      May 30th 2012, 8:39

      Good! Hopefully it'll be an original story and not a reboot of the first Star Trek 2. Are we really at that point where we're now just expecting everything to be some sort of remake?

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 30th 2012, 8:43

      How come no one else has said anything?

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    • EddieFelson

      May 30th 2012, 9:41

      We already have Wrath of Khan no need to revisit that, new material would be a refreshing relief in these reboot madness times we live in!

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 30th 2012, 12:13

      Cumberbatch is playing a clone of Sherlock Holmes. It's a cross between Star Trek and the early 90s cartoon "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century"

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    • Klodz

      May 30th 2012, 12:33

      @ChrisWootton Well JJ Abrams has come out before saying that it won't be Khan, but people kept the rumour going somehow. Even after this, they'll still be trying to push the story on us, I think.

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    • SiMan

      May 30th 2012, 13:23

      What do you reckon the final title will not just be Star Trek 2?

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 30th 2012, 13:47

      Didn't he say that it wouldn't be Khan before it was announced? Wasn't a massive fan of the first one to be honest.. loved the beginning though

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    • Ali1748

      May 31st 2012, 17:54

      I knew they wouldn't dare bring back Khan.

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    • Klodz

      Jun 5th 2012, 16:36

      I just hope he does some sort of Borg plotline in the future. Then I'll be happy. I'm glad they are going in a completely new direction, which is sort of the point of a reboot.

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