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Star Trek 2 beams up Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

01.04.2012

When the crew of the Enterprise ventures into deep space in director JJ Abrams' STAR TREK sequel, they'll have to contend with a devious and brilliant mind: that of Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of BBC's "Sherlock" (the modern interpretation of the character that's more entertaining than the recent big-screen movies -- sorry, Guy and RDJ).

Cumberbatch, who also appears in WAR HORSE and TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, will be playing the movie's villain (according to Variety), which many expect will be the new version of vengeful genetically engineered superhuman Khan Noonien Singh. The slender actor might seem an unconventional choice for a villain to be sure (regardless of the actual role), although anyone who's witnessed Cumberbatch's wonderfully brusque, cunning and occasionally explosive performance as 21st Century Holmes should be intrigued.

The first movie's cast will all be back in their Starfleet uniforms, of course, joined by Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke, perhaps best known from "Doctor Who" (also from "Sherlock" writer-producer Steven Moffat). The TREK sequel, which will be either shot in or post-converted to 3D (reports are conflicting -- just make the damn thing in IMAX please), is due May 17, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: Cumberbatch is also doing performance capture work to portray the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's THE HOBBITses (Bilbo himself, Martin Freeman, plays his Watson on the "Sherlock" series).
Source: Deadline

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4:57PM on 01/06/2012
First off, good choice because he is amazing on Sherlock and that show is better than anything on US tv now. Secondly, the series 2 premiere was amazing.
First off, good choice because he is amazing on Sherlock and that show is better than anything on US tv now. Secondly, the series 2 premiere was amazing.
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12:36PM on 01/05/2012
Hell yeah. He did great in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Nice addition
Hell yeah. He did great in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Nice addition
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11:50AM on 01/05/2012

Fine JJ, I give up

I guess I'll just have to root for the villain in Star Trek 2 with this fantastic casting choice.
I guess I'll just have to root for the villain in Star Trek 2 with this fantastic casting choice.
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6:47AM on 01/05/2012

Excellent News!

Sherlock is beyond doubt one of the GREATEST things on TV right now (or would be if BBC would get to season 2 already...).

And Cumberpatch has just the right temper to act as a villain. Can't wait!
Sherlock is beyond doubt one of the GREATEST things on TV right now (or would be if BBC would get to season 2 already...).

And Cumberpatch has just the right temper to act as a villain. Can't wait!
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12:30PM on 01/05/2012
Series 2 is on now, the first episode was amazing. I can't wait for the second episode this Sunday.
Series 2 is on now, the first episode was amazing. I can't wait for the second episode this Sunday.
6:57AM on 01/06/2012
D'oh! Damnit, PBS isn't going to air it until *MAY*. I've gotta find out how to see it before then...now where the F*** is BBC on my cable listings...?
D'oh! Damnit, PBS isn't going to air it until *MAY*. I've gotta find out how to see it before then...now where the F*** is BBC on my cable listings...?
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5:02AM on 01/05/2012
Cuminsnatch
Cuminsnatch
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1:35PM on 01/05/2012
I'm guessing your specialty is making farting noises using your armpit.
I'm guessing your specialty is making farting noises using your armpit.
4:15AM on 01/05/2012

Inspired casting!

Cumberbatch deserves every ounce of praise and I can't wait to see him take on the crew of the Enterprise ... is it wrong that I'll be rooting for him?
Cumberbatch deserves every ounce of praise and I can't wait to see him take on the crew of the Enterprise ... is it wrong that I'll be rooting for him?
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4:04AM on 01/05/2012

The real Sherlock

not some Guy Ritchie clown. Awesome show, awesome actor.
not some Guy Ritchie clown. Awesome show, awesome actor.
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12:41AM on 01/05/2012

As soon as I saw his face...

... yes, that's a face to glue a few prosthetics onto and have an instant Star Trek Villain.

And I think a Cumberbatch is the British equivalent of a Clusterfuk.
... yes, that's a face to glue a few prosthetics onto and have an instant Star Trek Villain.

And I think a Cumberbatch is the British equivalent of a Clusterfuk.
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11:53PM on 01/04/2012
That is the most British sounding name ever, haha.
That is the most British sounding name ever, haha.
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11:46PM on 01/04/2012

I'm a dirty dirty girl

and I heart Benedict Cumberbatch.
Glad to see another great actor take off, boy he's gonna be seeing a ton of work in the coming years.
and I heart Benedict Cumberbatch.
Glad to see another great actor take off, boy he's gonna be seeing a ton of work in the coming years.
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11:45PM on 01/04/2012

A great actor

since any action movie lives and dies by its villain, Benedict's an excellent choice.
since any action movie lives and dies by its villain, Benedict's an excellent choice.
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11:40PM on 01/04/2012
Is there not a cream or ointment for that... face?
It is a face, right? For a second, I thought it might be a mask or maybe some outlandish totem used to scare disobedient children. Or horses, even.
Is there not a cream or ointment for that... face?
It is a face, right? For a second, I thought it might be a mask or maybe some outlandish totem used to scare disobedient children. Or horses, even.
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6:47AM on 01/05/2012
Very funny. Now get back to the classroom. Your 2nd grade teacher is waiting.
Very funny. Now get back to the classroom. Your 2nd grade teacher is waiting.
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