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Edgar Ramirez is Now Next in Line to Play 'Star Trek' Sequel Villain?

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December 7, 2011
Source: Variety

Edgar Ramirez

Now that they couldn't get Benicio Del Toro, for whatever reason that fell through, J.J. Abrams is looking elsewhere to cast his villain in the Star Trek sequel, and Variety says he's got two other frontrunners. The primary one is Édgar Ramírez (seen above), a Venezuelan actor on the rise from The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, Che and Wrath of Titans. The other is Spaniard Jordi Mollà, from Bad Boys II, Bunraku, Colombiana. Unfortunately, like with all casting news on this, nothing is confirmed yet and testing is still underway. But does the focus on ethnicity mean this is still Khan that he's casting for? It has to be, right?

Since this news is not confirmed yet, we can't say anyone is cast, but the process is underway to find someone, as they're still aiming to start shooting early next year. In the Vulture post about Del Toro's talks falling through, they went on to later add: "Vulture hears from a highly placed source that Khan is indeed the film's baddie." So Khan Noonien Singh may torment the Enterprise again! And despite J.J. Abrams' denial when that news first hit, apparently it may be true after all and he's just trying to keep it under wraps until they get someone cast. Very interesting. I haven't had a chance to see Ramirez working too much, but he seems like a fine choice to play Khan (or whoever) if J.J. Abrams believes in him. We'll keep you updated!

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  • Anonymous
    Hopefully that means Del Toro is doing "Silence" with Scorsese
  • Anonymous
    WOW! Generic eye-rolling casting drama nonsense... but with TALENTED actors. Is this the twilight zone? While I'm happy with either actor, I'll pull for or Jordi Molla getting the role.
  • tir na nog
    I dont know much about Edger but I did see J ordi in blow with johnny depp and he stole the movie.They both look right fo the part though and kahn is a great character.o
  • William Brandt
    Since Spanish or Latin American actors seem to be the only contenders to play the main villain, it is unfortunately looking more likely that Khan Noonien Singh is the principal antagonist after all. They should use a new villain (for example, the Orion Syndicate who are the mafia of the Star Trek universe) and cast a famous actor.
  • http://twitter.com/rltuva Robert L. Tuva
    Édgar Ramírez was Carlos also.
  • diddly-poo
    Ok, here's the issue, RM played Khan, who was suppose to be of Indian/Middle Eastern decent, he even had make-up in the original TV show "Space Seed" that made him look more of color...so why did they have to get a Spaniard to play this part???
  • rennmaxbeta
    Why don't they remake the space hippies episode? Or Spock's Brain.
  • Jtbuzz
    If they are going to re-cast Khan, then they should get an actor from India. Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan would be appropriate :)
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    Cause of course we can't cast a South Asian actor in a major Hollywood film...  Ughhh
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