Benedict Cumberbatch cast as villain in ‘Star Trek 2’

Noel Clarke also joins the cast of sci-fi sequel

Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke have joined the cast of Star Trek 2.

The Sherlock and Kidulthood actors lead the latest batch of signings for JJ Abrams’ sci-fi sequel, alongside Alice Eve and Peter Weller, according to Variety.

Cumberbatch will apparently play the villain in the movie, a role originally which was originally tipped for Benicio Del Toro. The identity of Clarke’s character is not yet known, but he said to be a “family man with a wife and young daughter”.

It will be the Sherlock star’s biggest movie role to date following turns in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and War Horse.

Clarke is no stranger to the world of science fiction, having starred in the first two series of the revived Doctor Who from 2005. He played Mickey Smith, the hapless boyfriend of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) who would go on to become a hero. Since then he has gone on to find success as a writer and director, with Kidulthood and its sequel, and last year’s heist movie

Star Trek 2 is set for release on May 17, 2013, with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto returning to their lead roles of Kirk and Spock.