Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms Star Trek 2 Casting, Reveals Little Else
01.07.12 by Ryan
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock) has seen his star slowly rise over the past year, currently appearing in both War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Cumberbatch will be even busier this year with two roles in the adaptation of The Hobbit and, most recently, landing a role in the highly-anticipated sequel, Star Trek 2. Reportedly, Cumberbatch has been cast in a villain role in Star Trek 2, but when he was interviewed by Collider, he would only say that he was "very, very excited" about the role.
There’s a lawyer standing here saying that I can’t say anything. I’m hugely, hugely excited and I’m very, very flattered. I’m very, very excited, but obviously I’m not here to talk about that. I will, in the future, I’m sure. I’m just getting my head around the fact that it’s happened. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll pass on that. But, my headline is that I’m over the moon.
If Cumberbatch is cast as the villain, he's taken the role initially offered to Benicio del Toro. After del Toro passed, Édgar Ramírez (Carlos, Vantage Point) became the frontrunner, and now Cumberbatch could be playing the "original and unique" villain, as described by producer Bryan Burk.
Whatever the role is, Cumberbatch will be busy with The Hobbit for the time being, revealing in November that he would start shooting his Hobbit scenes this month. After that Cumberbatch will get to work with Star Trek 2 director J.J. Abrams on a script written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.