Khan Casting For Star Trek II9.12.11 # Sequel # 10 Comments
With Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol looking like a bit of a dull dud-in-barely-waiting, it is hardly surprising that the name producer of that movie, J.J. Abrams, is already looking ahead to his next outing as director, that being the Star Trek sequel, due summer 2013. And like the 1982 follow-up to the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the villain is apparently set to be cult bad guy Khan. But who will play him?
With J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek having rebooted Kirk and company into a new continuity, the assumption was that the sequel would offer a fresh take on the most enduring individual foe faced by the Enterprise crew, that being Khan Noonien Singh, originally played both on the big and small screens by Ricardo Montalban.
However rumours have persisted that Khan was being circumnavigated by Abrams and his collaborators, in favour of reviving another character from the source TV show (see this piece from September for a full list of then-suspects). Now though, Khan would seem to be very much back in the picture, with Benicio Del Toro having been tipped to take the role just a few days ago.
Negotiations with Del Toro have apparently since come to naught, but two other names have drifted into the frame – Jordi Mollà, who has had roles in Blow, Bad Boys II and Knight and Day amongst others, and Edgar Ramirez, who made a big impact playing the title role in Oliver Assayas’ epic fact-based miniseries/movie Carlos, and who will be seen next spring as Ares, God of War, in Wrath of the Titans, a role originally offered to Javier Bardem.
For the record, Abrams and Star Trek parent studio Paramount have both denied the Khan rumour, so let’s momentarily focus instead on some confirmed Trek II casting: British actress Alice Eve is set to feature in an as-yet unnamed role, while veteran Robocop and Naked Lunch star Peter Weller is apparently playing a CEO.
Star Trek II is due for release on 17 May 2013.