Are you getting as tired about this back and forth as much as we are? Early rumors last year pointed the villain of the highly anticipated sequel Star Trek 2 to be Khan, with J.J. Abrams then denying it very early this year. When multiple sources seems to confirm quite the contrary, it seems Abrams’ covering the reveal was simply a way to prevent a leak. Now, however, another star on production has officially revealed that what is still strong rumor is not true.
Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in both the 2009 Star Trek film and the upcoming sequel, told Telegraph ”It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. 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’s certainly a mixed bag of intel, for sure. On one hand, you have sites who have it on good authority that they have a scoop and Khan may very well be the key villain of the upcoming sequel. On the other, however, you have Pegg who may in fact be going out of his way to debunk this latest report. Obviously the actor has to keep the film very tight under lock and for him to actually deny flatout that the villain is in the second film may speak some substance.
So, is Benedict Cumberbatch really Khan? Probably not. While Benicio del Toro was originally rumored as the classic Trek bad guy, Khan is also seen as a Latino-only role. When Cumberbatch was originally rumored to be Khan, many believed that this may be a bold new direction for the character. Then again, now with Pegg’s ultimate shooting down of the report, perhaps the character will retain the ethnicity as he rightfully should.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Karl Urban, Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, and more, Star Trek 2 is set for release on May 17th, 2013.