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Is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan in the next Star Trek? Is Leonard Nimoy coming back as well?

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Maybe it is wishful thinking, but things continue to line up for Khan to be making his triumphant return in STAR TREK 2. We have seen the set photos that have popped up showing him in what appears to be a variant of a Starfleet uniform.  There are now images circulating showing Zachary Quinto's Spock wearing the same uniform which has a faint Starfleet insignia.

From my recollection, Khan was not a Starfleet officer but he was a genetically engineered super soldier from the past that was found in the SS Botany Bay by Kirk and crew in cryogenic sleeping tubes.  Of course, since JJ Abrams has the new Trek universe in a parallel timeline, this could all be changed.  But, wouldn't Khan have existed before the timeline was altered?  Now my brain hurts.

Either way, the rumor mill has been fired up going as far back as December when Benecio Del Toro dropped out that Khan would still be in the film. It is getting clearer that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the lead villain role in the sequel. Judging from his performances in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and the BBC SHERLOCK series, he definitely has the acting chops to play a meaty bad guy.

This news also comes along with the reveal by Leonard Nimoy himself that he is "talking" about making an appearance in STAR TREK 2.  Despite his self proclaimed retirement from acting, Nimoy has made several recurring appearances on FRINGE (up to and including last Friday's episode) and his role in the Abrams reboot was definitely left open for a future return.

Whether or not either of these items turns out to be true, it is nice to see that we may finally get two consecutive STAR TREK movies of a high quality.

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9:47AM on 05/01/2012
Benedict has such a demanding face to play evil.
Benedict has such a demanding face to play evil.
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12:47AM on 05/01/2012
I was hoping they would shelve the intire cast for the next film and do a full-on documentary about a day in the life of a Horta.
I was hoping they would shelve the intire cast for the next film and do a full-on documentary about a day in the life of a Horta.
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11:41PM on 04/30/2012
Don't care who Benedict is playing. His presence in the film makes it that much better.
Don't care who Benedict is playing. His presence in the film makes it that much better.
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6:48PM on 04/30/2012
I'm about 99% sure that Gary Mitchell will be the main villian not Khan. If we're to believe that is Khan getting vulcan neck gripped then that is the wort looking Khan in the history of the Star Trek Universe.
I'm about 99% sure that Gary Mitchell will be the main villian not Khan. If we're to believe that is Khan getting vulcan neck gripped then that is the wort looking Khan in the history of the Star Trek Universe.
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8:59PM on 04/30/2012
i'm thinking the same thing about the Gary Mitchell thing
i'm thinking the same thing about the Gary Mitchell thing
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5:47PM on 04/30/2012
SYLAR!
SYLAR!
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5:30PM on 04/30/2012
i don't care what abrams does...i will watch it and it we be great.
i don't care what abrams does...i will watch it and it we be great.
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5:06PM on 04/30/2012

also...

Leonard Nimoy was not in last week's Fringe...he hasn't been present for like a year
Leonard Nimoy was not in last week's Fringe...he hasn't been present for like a year
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6:16PM on 04/30/2012
Spock was indeed in the Friday beofre last episode, albeit--Amberfied.
Spock was indeed in the Friday beofre last episode, albeit--Amberfied.
4:07PM on 04/30/2012

or...

This could be a rehash of the original pilot and the second pilot from the original series.
This could be a rehash of the original pilot and the second pilot from the original series.
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4:12PM on 04/30/2012
Extremely doubtful, the official comics that lead into this film have already dealt with the 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' plotline, and The Cage was all about Captain Pike and doesn't fit with any of the images we have seen so far. And anyway why would we want to see a repeat of an old episode, I'm hoping for a totally original story!
Extremely doubtful, the official comics that lead into this film have already dealt with the 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' plotline, and The Cage was all about Captain Pike and doesn't fit with any of the images we have seen so far. And anyway why would we want to see a repeat of an old episode, I'm hoping for a totally original story!
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2:41PM on 04/30/2012

Khan

I personally think putting in Khan for this movie isn't the best idea. As we all know the events from the first movie made this a different reality than the Shatner/Nimoy era. I could be alone on how I feel, but I think it be a great idea to introduce Khan, but not as a villian, but instead have the events in this movie set up for khan to be the villian in the 3rd film if one gets made. I think that would help build on his character and make him a serious threat in a later film, just a thought
I personally think putting in Khan for this movie isn't the best idea. As we all know the events from the first movie made this a different reality than the Shatner/Nimoy era. I could be alone on how I feel, but I think it be a great idea to introduce Khan, but not as a villian, but instead have the events in this movie set up for khan to be the villian in the 3rd film if one gets made. I think that would help build on his character and make him a serious threat in a later film, just a thought though.
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2:34PM on 04/30/2012
No, and no. Both have already been confirmed as false.
No, and no. Both have already been confirmed as false.
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