While very few details have been revealed about the highly anticipated sequel of Star Trek 2, there has been non-stop online speculation about the movie's villain. Much of the talk revolves around a reprisal of Khan Noonien Singh, who was memorably 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. Khan had been mentioned as the possible villain for years, with Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci stoking the Khan rumor fire by revealing in 2009 that Khan's chances of showing up in the sequel were "50/50."
When Benicio del Toro (Traffic) was confirmed to be director J.J. Abrams' favorite to play the villain in Star Trek 2, the Khan rumors would not die down, even after Abrams publicly stated that any reports of del Toro playing Khan were "not true". Once del Toro dropped out of the sequel and Édgar Ramírez (Carlos, Vantage Point) became the frontrunner to replace del Toro (Jordi Mollà is also reportedly being considered), the Khan rumors again surfaced. This is perhaps because the background of the actors being considered for the villain role are, like Montalbán, Hispanic, despite the fact that Khan, as a character, was from India.
Perhaps now the Khan rumors will settle down, as Star Trek producer Bryan Burk recently told MTV (via TrekWeb) the most deflating comments yet about the Khan rumors (well, perhaps not as pointedly deflating as "not true" was meant to be), declaring the villain will be "original and unique". burk talks villain and more >> Posted 12.22.11 by Ryan