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