Benicio del Toro Could Play the Villain in Star Trek Sequel
11.06.11 by BJSprecher
"Warp speed, Mr. Sulu. Engage!"
With a built-in cast of returning Starfleet heroes, the writers of the first Star Trek — Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof — banging away at the script, and director J.J. Abrams finally committed to return, the biggest question mark looming over Star Trek 2 (working title) is what menace Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban) and the rest of the crew will be facing in the sequel. While the villain has yet to be revealed, Variety has reported that Academy Award-winner Benicio del Toro (Traffic) is Abrams' "choice" to play the big bad and that an offer is expected to be forthcoming.
How secret is the identity of the villain in Star Trek 2? So secret that, according to Variety, not even del Toro knows who or what the character will be, even though he has already met with Abrams to discuss the role. Actress Zoe Saldana mentioned back in May that she would like to see her character, Uhura, "kick some Romulan butt" in the sequel, which many took to mean that the villainous "cousins" of the Vulcans would return, but it's likely she was only making reference to the fact that her character didn't really get to actively participate in the defeat of the time-traveling Romulan warlord Nero (Eric Bana) in the first movie.
The odds-on favorite for the villain in Star Trek 2 among most "Trekkers" is Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically-augmented superhuman played by Ricardo Montalbán in the original Star Trek series episode "Space Seed" (1967) and again in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). When asked back in 2009 if Khan would be appearing in the sequel, Abrams called him the "most obvious" choice for the villain (implying it wouldn't be a very original idea), but also said that "nothing" from Star Trek mythology "is off limits." That same year, Orci said that the chances of seeing Khan in the sequel are "50/50."
While we love Khan, we're kind of hoping Abrams and co. have come up with a new villain, if for no other reason than the Khan-hates-Kirk revenge plot would too closely resemble the Nero-hates-Spock revenge plot in the first movie. Would you like to see Khan return or would you prefer a new villain? Use our comments section below to make your voice heard.