‘Star Trek’ director JJ Abrams denies villain Khan will appear in sequel

Benicio del Toro will not be playing the character from 'The Wrath Of Khan'

JJ Abrams has dismissed reports that Benicio del Toro will play Khan in the forthcoming Star Trek sequel.

The director confirmed recently that he is interested in casting the Oscar winning actor as the villain in the new film. And the Latino Review had speculated that the role in question would be that of the villain made famous by Ricardo Montalban in the original TV series and movie Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

However, Abrams has now shot down the claims, telling Hit Fix simply: “Not true.”

Khan Noonien Singh first appeared in the 1967 story Space Seed. According to Trek lore, he was a genetically engineered superhuman tyrant who once controlled more than a quarter of the Earth during the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. After being revived in 2267 by the crew of the starship Enterprise, he tried to seize control of the ship, but was defeated and exiled. He turned up once again in the big screen outing, seeking revenge.

Abrams had previously discussed the possibility of bringing Khan back to the series, which takes place in an alternative timeline from the TV and movie series. He said: “I think one of the byproducts of doing this movie was we were able to dispel the obvious and understandable concerns—how can Star Trek possibly exist without those original cast members?

“Now that we are in a parallel existence with what fans of the original series love so much, we could introduce any number of characters, settings, references and situations that the original series introduced. Dealing with Khan would certainly be a challenge, but we had an equal challenge in finding our crew of the Enterprise.”

Star Trek 2 is slated for release on May 17, 2013.