Simon Pegg Says Khan Won't Be the Villain in Star Trek 2
05.30.12 by Ryan
Since Paramount released director J.J. Abrams's 2009 reboot of the beloved Star Trek franchise, fans have been anxiously awaiting Star Trek 2 (working title). While there's still nearly a year before the sequel arrives in theaters, production on Star Trek 2 has finished, which means audiences are one step closer to seeing the movie.
"We wrapped last week, and it’s going to be awesome," said Simon Pegg recently at the Hero Complex Film Festival (via IFC). There's precious few details available about the sequel, which likely explains why Pegg later joked: "It all starts on the Enterprise. Kirk turns to Scotty and goes, 'You want it?'"
Pegg did admit that the sequel will be action-packed.
I can honestly say it was a fantastic experience, we had the best time, I know this bulls**t always comes out at press time. With the [first] film having established the characters as they are now, we can really hit the ground running with this one. It’s fast, and it really doesn’t f**king stop until the end. I’m excited. That’s what I’ll say.
Since the Star Trek became a huge success in 2009, rumors have been circulating that the crew of the Enterprise would again tackle Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically augmented superhuman played by Ricardo Montalbán in a 1967 episode of the original Star Trek series episode and again in the 1982 movie sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In 2009, Star Trek co-screenwriter Roberto Orci said that Khan's chances of showing up as the villain in the sequel were "50/50," so when Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch was reportedly cast as the sequel's villain, the online presumption was that Cumberbatch is playing Khan. In an exercise of possible misdirection, Abrams cryptically said "Who said he's our villain?" about Cumberbatch in January.
Set photos revealed in February that, villain or not, Cumberbatch won't get along well with Spock (Zachary Quinto). In an interview with The Telegraph, Pegg described Cumberbatch as "not just another disgruntled alien," though Pegg couldn't say too much more. "It's a really interesting... sort of... thing. Obviously I can't talk about it."
What Pegg could say is that Cumberbatch won't be playing Khan in the sequel.
It's not Khan. That's a myth. Everyone's saying it is, but it's not. No, I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me — it's beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them. It just spoils the film. It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it's just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, "Oh f**k off! Wait for the film!"
Oh, then, so Cumberbatch is not Khan. Unless, of course, he is. We'll have to wait until next year to find out for sure if Pegg's word isn't enough.