After months of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed the role Bendedict Cumberbatch will play in the upcoming Star Trek sequel.
If you don’t want to know, stop reading this story now. And you may just want to turn off your computer and avoid the Internet for the next year and a half as well….
TrekMovie has confirmed that Cumberbatch is stepping into the shoes of Ricardo Montalban and will play Khan Noonian Singh in the next installment.
TrekMovie reports that this installment won’t follow the same storyline as “Space Seed,” the original Trek episode that introduced Khan to the Trek universe. It’s also being reported that the creative team behind the new film have had Khan in mind as an adversary since the last movie was in production. Reports indicate that a scene showing Khan’s sleeper ship, the Botany Bay, was planned for a post-credits tease but then dropped.
Here’s a report from TrekMovie with more details:
While big news, this is actually not a huge surprise. Trek‘s new filmmakers have often cited the Christopher Nolan’s Batman series as their model, with the second film The Dark Knight successfully brining back the Joker and Khan is the closest to Trek gets to Batman’s Joker. And again the team kind of already let the cat out of the bag on this one when they recorded the DVD commentary back in 2009 and said they had considered a post-credits sceene showing the Botany Bay, Khan’s sleeper ship. Then of course there is Abrams widely reported casting process which began with Benecio del Toro and went through a number other prominent Latino (like Montalban) actors before he ended up picking Cumberbatch, after what has been said to be a very powerful audition.
No word yet on if director J.J. Abrams will try to recreate the iconic scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan featured below.
So, what do you think about this news? Good or bad?