Benedict Cumberbatch talks ‘Star Trek 2’

'Sherlock' star is 'over the moon' to be cast as the villain

Benedict Cumberbatch says he is “over the moon” to land a lead role in Star Trek 2 – but declined to reveal anything else about the apart.

News broke yesterday (January 5) that the UK actor has been cast as the main villain in JJ Abrams’ sci-fi sequel, alongside former Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke.

And speaking today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the Sherlock star confirmed the news, but said: “There’s a lawyer standing here saying that I can’t say anything.”

According to, Cumberbatch continued: “I’m hugely, hugely excited and I’m very, very flattered. I’m very, very excited, but obviously I’m not here to talk about that. I will, in the future, I’m sure. I’m just getting my head around the fact that it’s happened. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll pass on that. But my headline is that I’m over the moon.”

No details have been revealed about Cumberbatch’s role, but Abrams has denied that the antagonist will be a recreation of Khan from the original Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan.

The film, which sees Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles of Kirk and Spock, is due for release in May 2013.