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Confirmed: Cumberbatch IS Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!

May. 1, 2012by:

Just yesterday I posted an article regarding rumors that Benedict Cumberbatch is actually playing Khan in STAR TREK 2. Today, those rumors are all but officially confirmed by JJ Abrams and Paramount.

Trek Movie, citing multiple reputable sources, has stated clearly that Cumberbatch is Khan Noonien Singh.

According to the article, Khan is back in 2013, however sources indicate that the film is not a rehash of "Space Seed," the original Star Trek episode where Kirk and crew first encounter the genetic superman from the past.

I like the idea of taking this beloved villain and completely turning him on his head.  If the latest season of FRINGE has showed us anything, it is that you can take existing stories and tweak them just enough for an alternate timeline that they remain fresh and interesting while exploring similar terrain.

Trek Movie also has confirmed that Leonard Nimoy will be returning as Spock Prime as well as the news that the Klingons will play an integral part of the sequel's storyline.

STAR TREK 2 is wrapping up filming in Southern California and appears to be on track for May 17, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: I wonder if Cumberbatch needed a prosthetic chest for the action scenes?
Source: TrekMovie

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5:44PM on 05/02/2012
Maybe it's all a mistake, and it's not "Khan", maybe it's "con" and Harcourt Fenton Mudd will show up.
Maybe it's all a mistake, and it's not "Khan", maybe it's "con" and Harcourt Fenton Mudd will show up.
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11:47AM on 05/02/2012
WOW, NEVER thought I would be disappointed by a news like that (I mean, IF it's confirmed)...
I really don't see ANY good reason to use this character so soon in the 'new' franchise... But then again, I was pleasantly surprised by the first one so maybe ST2 will do it again !
WOW, NEVER thought I would be disappointed by a news like that (I mean, IF it's confirmed)...
I really don't see ANY good reason to use this character so soon in the 'new' franchise... But then again, I was pleasantly surprised by the first one so maybe ST2 will do it again !
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3:08AM on 05/02/2012
Wow, Khan AND Smaug? He's got some pretty big villainous shoes to fill.
Wow, Khan AND Smaug? He's got some pretty big villainous shoes to fill.
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12:35AM on 05/02/2012
One really cool scene that I hope they do, is the Leonard Nimoy Spock talking about his experience with the orginal Kahn and how he died as a result.
One really cool scene that I hope they do, is the Leonard Nimoy Spock talking about his experience with the orginal Kahn and how he died as a result.
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8:56PM on 05/01/2012
How is it confirmed since it's not officially confirmed by Abrams and Paramount ? When is the update coming to tell us that it was all bullshit ?
How is it confirmed since it's not officially confirmed by Abrams and Paramount ? When is the update coming to tell us that it was all bullshit ?
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8:50PM on 05/01/2012
For all of those complaining you would actually need a Sikh actor to play Khan Noonien Singh, because Singh is a Sikh name.
For all of those complaining you would actually need a Sikh actor to play Khan Noonien Singh, because Singh is a Sikh name.
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8:42PM on 05/01/2012
So much easier to steal characters instead of writing your own isn't it? Can't say I'm surprised. Here's to another brainless action film that has absolutely nothing to do with the REAL Star Trek.

MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY
So much easier to steal characters instead of writing your own isn't it? Can't say I'm surprised. Here's to another brainless action film that has absolutely nothing to do with the REAL Star Trek.

MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY
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8:12PM on 05/01/2012
Im pissed a bit about this, it wont stop me from seeing the film but the way the villian is let out of the bag is bs. Abrams had always said the villian was a STOS season 1 villian and he rattled off a list of potential names with Kahn not being one of them. Then backed by the fact he said outright that no way was he doing Kahn and now this shit. If he's trying to retread on Star Trek II territory I wish he wouldnt as that is probably the best film out of the entire Star Trek movie line.
Im pissed a bit about this, it wont stop me from seeing the film but the way the villian is let out of the bag is bs. Abrams had always said the villian was a STOS season 1 villian and he rattled off a list of potential names with Kahn not being one of them. Then backed by the fact he said outright that no way was he doing Kahn and now this shit. If he's trying to retread on Star Trek II territory I wish he wouldnt as that is probably the best film out of the entire Star Trek movie line.
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7:47PM on 05/01/2012

O RLY?

"TrekMovie has also confirmed this with a number of sources so we no longer consider it to be a rumor." What exactly does that mean? When JoBlo says "those rumors are all but officially confirmed by JJ Abrams and Paramount.", what does THAT mean? Exactly nothing. Until Abrams or Paramount announces this casting officially, we're still in the realm of "rumor", I don't care who TM's "sources" are. Let's worry about calling JJ a liar and being all bitchy about the idea WHEN HE CONFIRMS IT. Not
"TrekMovie has also confirmed this with a number of sources so we no longer consider it to be a rumor." What exactly does that mean? When JoBlo says "those rumors are all but officially confirmed by JJ Abrams and Paramount.", what does THAT mean? Exactly nothing. Until Abrams or Paramount announces this casting officially, we're still in the realm of "rumor", I don't care who TM's "sources" are. Let's worry about calling JJ a liar and being all bitchy about the idea WHEN HE CONFIRMS IT. Not until.
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7:21PM on 05/01/2012
I'm sure Abrams will make a great film and use Khan well, but with so many possible villians I don't know why you'd choose one done so well before and set yourself up to be compared with the previous version. Maybe they just want to use someone with more recognition to get more people interested. I feel the same way about Nolan using Catwoman.
I'm sure Abrams will make a great film and use Khan well, but with so many possible villians I don't know why you'd choose one done so well before and set yourself up to be compared with the previous version. Maybe they just want to use someone with more recognition to get more people interested. I feel the same way about Nolan using Catwoman.
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6:27PM on 05/01/2012
I'm not a big Trek fan but liked the first movie so I just hope this is good and I'm sure it will be, but why are people getting on Abrams for saying there will be no Khan in this one? He's not the first person ever to lie about what's in a movie. I'd say that's a good thing, I wish he'd kept lying about it. I can't stand that people want to know an entire movies plot before it comes out. Keep some mystery involved, who cares if he tried to keep it under wraps as long as possible? Good thing
I'm not a big Trek fan but liked the first movie so I just hope this is good and I'm sure it will be, but why are people getting on Abrams for saying there will be no Khan in this one? He's not the first person ever to lie about what's in a movie. I'd say that's a good thing, I wish he'd kept lying about it. I can't stand that people want to know an entire movies plot before it comes out. Keep some mystery involved, who cares if he tried to keep it under wraps as long as possible? Good thing I'd say.
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6:19PM on 05/01/2012
Khan everyone just shut the fuck up?
Khan everyone just shut the fuck up?
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11:49PM on 05/01/2012
lmfao
lmfao
6:07PM on 05/01/2012

Awful

Not cool at all! Abrams flat out said no, so way to lie! Also, this feels very lazy and pathetic. The more I hear about this, the less interested I become.
Not cool at all! Abrams flat out said no, so way to lie! Also, this feels very lazy and pathetic. The more I hear about this, the less interested I become.
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5:35PM on 05/01/2012
This week has been awesome for movie news
This week has been awesome for movie news
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4:41PM on 05/01/2012

Ricardo

Ricardo is Khan. In this world or the next.
Ricardo is Khan. In this world or the next.
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4:48PM on 05/01/2012
well said
well said
4:30PM on 05/01/2012

Villan should have been.....

Chaka Khan!
Chaka Khan!
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4:26PM on 05/01/2012
To the people saying Khan can't be played by a white guy, anyone who knows anything about the star trek timeline knows Khan is a genetically enhanced superhuman, meaning he was probably grown in a lab, so his skin colour is a moot point. I was initially annoyed because it feels like we have really been lied to a bit (felt the same after seeing who the aliens were in avengers). Now the news has had time to sink in I am ready to be impressed by what Cumberbatch can do.
To the people saying Khan can't be played by a white guy, anyone who knows anything about the star trek timeline knows Khan is a genetically enhanced superhuman, meaning he was probably grown in a lab, so his skin colour is a moot point. I was initially annoyed because it feels like we have really been lied to a bit (felt the same after seeing who the aliens were in avengers). Now the news has had time to sink in I am ready to be impressed by what Cumberbatch can do.
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4:14PM on 05/01/2012

Not cool

So much easier to steal characters instead of writing your own isn't it? Can't say I'm surprised. Here's to another brainless action film that has absolutely nothing to do with the REAL Star Trek.
So much easier to steal characters instead of writing your own isn't it? Can't say I'm surprised. Here's to another brainless action film that has absolutely nothing to do with the REAL Star Trek.
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4:10PM on 05/01/2012

Booooo

I was pretty content with Cumberbatch playing Mitchell and being a demigod. Also, boo on Abrams for saying that they weren't doing Kahn. Keeping your mouth shut is one thing, but outright saying "no" is lying. Fuck you...

P.S. Don't get too mad at them for having Cumberbatch be Kahn, Abrams originally wanted to cast Benicio del Toro, then the guy from Carlos and the villain from Bad Boy 2 were also considered, so they DID try to get an ethnic actor for the role, but shit fell through...
I was pretty content with Cumberbatch playing Mitchell and being a demigod. Also, boo on Abrams for saying that they weren't doing Kahn. Keeping your mouth shut is one thing, but outright saying "no" is lying. Fuck you...

P.S. Don't get too mad at them for having Cumberbatch be Kahn, Abrams originally wanted to cast Benicio del Toro, then the guy from Carlos and the villain from Bad Boy 2 were also considered, so they DID try to get an ethnic actor for the role, but shit fell through...
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4:27PM on 05/01/2012
Mitchell storyline has already been covered in the canon comic books so it was never a possibility.
Mitchell storyline has already been covered in the canon comic books so it was never a possibility.
8:09PM on 05/01/2012
yeah definitely because Im sure oh so many people have read them.
yeah definitely because Im sure oh so many people have read them.
4:04PM on 05/01/2012
not happy :(

ETA: please note it's not because of the actor it's because for me they're using Khan way too soon
not happy :(

ETA: please note it's not because of the actor it's because for me they're using Khan way too soon
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3:20PM on 05/01/2012
Lets pick the whitest guy we know to play a guy named Khan Noonien Singh. (origin India)
Lets pick the whitest guy we know to play a guy named Khan Noonien Singh. (origin India)
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3:03PM on 05/01/2012
Regarding the race issue. Maybe Khan is of mixed heritage. From the looks of Cumberbatch he appears to be half Anglo, half Saxon.
Regarding the race issue. Maybe Khan is of mixed heritage. From the looks of Cumberbatch he appears to be half Anglo, half Saxon.
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6:26PM on 05/01/2012
Thanks for the laugh.
Thanks for the laugh.
2:44PM on 05/01/2012
im sure this movie will be great and ill be in line to see it but im bummed that they decided to go with khan,it was done right in star trek 2 the origional no need to rehash tell a new story with new characters and make the neglected klingons the main villians
im sure this movie will be great and ill be in line to see it but im bummed that they decided to go with khan,it was done right in star trek 2 the origional no need to rehash tell a new story with new characters and make the neglected klingons the main villians
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1:12PM on 05/01/2012

A fellow FRINGE addict I presume...

NICE!
NICE!
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1:03PM on 05/01/2012

The Klingons

Really got the shit end of hte stick in ST1, The final cut barely mentions them and any and all shots of them were removed. You see them in the special features and if i recall they sort of looked like Space Uruk-hai but its been a while. Here's hoping they get bigger parts this time around.
Really got the shit end of hte stick in ST1, The final cut barely mentions them and any and all shots of them were removed. You see them in the special features and if i recall they sort of looked like Space Uruk-hai but its been a while. Here's hoping they get bigger parts this time around.
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12:23PM on 05/01/2012
I admit: that photo of Cumberbatch as Khan is pretty funny.
I admit: that photo of Cumberbatch as Khan is pretty funny.
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12:17PM on 05/01/2012
Can't wait to see some footage or some promo teasers soon.
Can't wait to see some footage or some promo teasers soon.
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11:51AM on 05/01/2012

Just as expected from Hollywood

Why can't they get a South Asian actor to play Khan? I mean he is supposed to be Indian, isn't he.
Why can't they get a South Asian actor to play Khan? I mean he is supposed to be Indian, isn't he.
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11:40AM on 05/01/2012

oh well...

So much for my idea i posted yesterday. But either way i will be seeing this movie
So much for my idea i posted yesterday. But either way i will be seeing this movie
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11:38AM on 05/01/2012
I just wanna see Kirk and Spock smack a Khan.

I feel when this film gets closer to its date, this website is going to blow up.
I just wanna see Kirk and Spock smack a Khan.

I feel when this film gets closer to its date, this website is going to blow up.
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