When Star Trek 2 was casting its villain, it was unknown who the big baddie would be. Sure, there are the Klingons, the Romulans and more to play with. But as for human villains, the only name that means anything to mainstream audiences is Khan Noonien Singh, villain of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However, Simon Pegg says that Benedict Cumberbatch – who’s playing the big villain in the new film – is not Khan.
He recently talked to the Telegraph, and said this: “Obviously I can’t talk about it. It’s not Khan, that’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not.”
We want to believe Pegg, and it’s likely that director J.J. Abrams, and his staff of writers had their ears to ground and heard the internet groans that came from taking a character that wouldn’t make much sense in their newly conceived Trek universe. But it was only fair to guess they were chasing Khan when the part was going to Benicio Del Toro and Edgar Ramirez. And perhaps they were.
We won’t know for sure until a year from now – May 17, 2013 to be exact – when the franchise returns to screens, and it’s possible that even the teasers and trailers will keep Cumberbatch’s identity on the down low. Such is the Abrams way.
Who do you hope Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek 2 (Sybok)?