J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK 2 major news – Nimoy back? And the villain is…

J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK 2 major news – Nimoy back? And the villain is…

With THE DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer hitting late Monday night and THE AVENGERS opening Friday, we’re already in a big week for movie news. So how to top it? Let’s delve into a little Trek talk, shall we? As you probably know by now, director J.J. Abrams is filming his unnamed STAR TREK sequel, and has managed to keep a tight lid on just about all of the important details. Even the cast members seem scared to death they might let something slip in an interview. But now we know a few rather important things. In the interest of protecting those who don’t want to know ANYTHING about the movie, here’s your last chance to turn away…

SPOILERS coming…


Okay, don’t say you weren’t warned. We’ll start with Spock… no, not Zachary Quinto as nu-Spock, but rather the classic – Leonard Nimoy. After Abrams released STAR TREK, Nimoy was quoted in many an interview to say that he doubted he’d return for any sequels, and in the past year pretty much all but retired on an official basis. Apparently things changed. AintItCool is reporting that Leonard Nimoy is absolutely in the new film, and will have long and “stately” robes.  He’s already shot his scene(s), and it’s assumed it will be a smaller part than before.  No other classic Trek actors are expected to appear… sorry Bill.

Up next, the baddie.  There’s been much speculation over who the villain in the movie will be.  There were originally reports of Benecio del Toro being cast as the heavy, leading everyone to assume that Khan was in fact the bad guy.  Everyone involved with the project, writers and whatnot, said that wasn’t the case.  Then Benedict Cumberbatch (SHERLOCK) was cast in early January, and again speculation was running rampant.  Spy photos of Cumberbatch fighting with Quinto (as Spock) surfaced, and no one seemed to be able to guess correctly.  Apparently now we know.  Benedict Cumberbatch IS Khan Noonien Singh, the role originally played by Ricardo Montalban in the episode of the original series titled “Space Seed” and again in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. Not terribly surprising, though I personally wish they had gone with a lesser-known baddie. AICN’s also reports ‘There’s a “deep space” smackdown between Kirk and Khan in space suits. “Flying” suits per my contact.’

And then lastly, just for fun, TrekMovie is reporting that there will be Klingons in this one, though it’s unknown in what capacity.  There were actually Klingon scenes shot for the first film which didn’t make the final cut, but ended up on the Blu-ray.  I guess the studio wants to put all their favorite eggs in one basket here.  Khan, bringing back Spock Prime, and now Klingons.  What’s left for Part 3?  It should also be noted that Paramount has not officially commented on any of this yet, so there’s always a chance there could be bad info here.  More as it develops.  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.