TrekMovie has reportedly confirmed the chatter that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch's villain role in the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel. is none other than Khan Noonien Singh.
I was hoping that the bad guy was anybody else--All I can do is cross my fingers and hope it all works
Kahn is the genetically enhanced human of the 1967 episode of "Star Trek" called Space Seed as well as the big screen sequel Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan played by Ricardo Montalban and in the process solidified himself as the best Trek villain period...,
Cumberbatch had a “very powerful audition.” The site also reports that although Khan will be the antagonist in the sequel, the plot will not mirror the series episode.
The other news is the return of Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime following his larger cameo from "Star Trek" '09 , a fact that the actor himself revealed the news talking to CNN last week (see video), and then AICN and a tweet he sent out this morning.
Nimoy’s work for the film is reportedly already completed...This is a surprise! And very welcomed indeed...
Lastly, the Klingons might be making an appearance in the Star Trek sequel. The adversaries were left on the cutting room of the last pic, but are reportedly too vital to the storyline to be left behind this time.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin John Cho and Bruce Greenwood have all returned to the Final Frontier in their respective roles as Kirk Spock Uhura Dr. McCoy Scotty Chekov Sulu and Admiral Pike.
The Supporting Cast Includes Nazneen Contractor who will play the wife of Noel Clarke’s family man character Alice Eve has a major role as does former "Robocop" star Peter Weller and actor/stuntman Joseph Gatt
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof wrote the script for director J.J. Abrams.
The sequel will be produced by Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, and David Ellison.
Star Trek 2 is currently on schedule to finish up shoots in Northern California, having wrapped in Southern California and on the lot.
The film will be released May 17, 2013 in 3D.