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As much as director J.J. Abrams wants to keep fans in the dark, it doesn’t always work. Officially, we know next to nothing about what’s going on with his follow-up to Star Trek, including the film’s actual title, but TrekMovie.com contends is has confirmed several rumors about the big-budget sequel, including the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Note: These are potential spoilers, so if you want to go into Star Trek 2 without knowing what’s going on, stop reading here. If not, read on!
First, word is that Leonard Nimoy will appear as Spock Prime, even though he’s supposedly retired from live-action acting (when he appeared on a recent Big Bang Theory episode, it was in a voiceover).
Next is one that a lot of people might expect, but the site asserts that Benedict Cumberbatch is in fact playing none other than Khan, a role he won after a powerful audition tape filmed in a kitchen. Rumors have swirled about Khan’s involvement in the sequel since it was announced, and gained momentum when Benicio del Toro was in the running to play the film’s bad guy. However, Abrams remained dodgy about the villain’s identity. TrekMovie’s sources insist the film’s story will not be a rehash of Khan’s first appearance in the “Space Seed” episode, but rather something entirely new.
Lastly, Star Trek 2 will feature Klingons. Again, this one’s not much of a shocker considering there was a subplot involving the famous alien race filmed for Abrams’ first Star Trek but ultimately cut. So, while the spoilers revealed above might not be the most mind-blowing ones around, it’s still something to talk about.
The film is still on schedule, TrekMovie also said, with filming just recently wrapping on a California sound stage and moving to another location for a few weeks. Star Trek 2 arrives in theaters May 17, 2013.