When Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the unnamed villain in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2, Trekkies from around the globe collectively racked their brains in an attempt to deduce the identity of the character. Theories of every kind filled blogs and fansites, but it seems that in the end the most obvious choice was the correct one.
According to Trek Movie, Cumberbatch will be playing the classic villain, Khan Noonien Singh. Originally played by Ricardo Montalban in The Original Series and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan is a genetically enhanced human that had attempted to dominate the planet during the Eugenics War. He was introduced during the "Space Seed" episode of the original TV series in 1967.
That's not all because the site is also reporting that Leonard Nimoy will again return to the series to play Spock Prime, an older version of the character from a different timeline. Nimoy, of course, was the original Spock, but his role in this movie seems to be more crucial to the plot than being a simple Easter egg for fans to enjoy.
And because good rumors usually come in threes, the site is claiming that the movie will also feature Klingons for the first time in Abrams' Trek universe. The vicious alien species was supposed to have a part in 2009's Star Trek, but the scenes wound up on the cutting room floor. This time, though, their part in the film is too important to get cut.
Trek fans, what are your thoughts on this?
[via Trek News]