'Sherlock' star will reportedly play one of the franchise's classic villains
Benedict Cumberbatch will reportedly play classic Star Trek villain Kahn in the forthcoming sequel.
The Sherlock actor was cast as a villain in the new movie in January, but secrecy has surrounded the exact nature of his role. But there has been speculation that he is playing the antagonist from 1982’s original Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn.
Now, sources at TrekMovie saying that Cumberbatch will indeed be playing Eugenics War leader Kahn Noonien Singh. The character first appeared in the 1967 TV episode Space Seed, played by Ricardo Montalban. The genetically-enhanced tyrant returned for the second big screen outing, where he attempted to steal a terraforming Genesis device.
An alternate version of Kahn could indeed feature in JJ Abrams’ sequel, since his first rebooted movie established an alternate timeline, allowing the director to tell new stories with the established classic characters. It is also believed that Klingons will play a prominent role in the new film.
Meanwhile, reports have also surfaced in recent days that Leonard Nimoy could indeed appear as the original version of Spock one last time. He appeared in the last movie, supposedly for a final time, having fed information back to his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto.
Star Trek 2 is due for release in May 2013, with Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and Quinto all reprising their roles.