J.J. Abrams has confirmed the 3-week old chatter to MTV News about Benicio Del Toro as the villain in the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel but it's still not a sure thing.
"Well, we're just in negotiations, we're in discussions. It's not even negotiations, just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I've wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity."
Whatever happens I'm still hoping that writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof did not put Khan Noonien Singh in the script save for perhaps a passing mention
Meantime composer Michael Giacchino's confirmed to Coming Soon that he'll be returning to do the film's score.
Production starts mid-January; The sequel will open on May 17th 2013 and is being shot in 3-D