So Benicio Del Toro is NOT Playing Khan in J.J.'s 'Star Trek' Sequel?
"Khaaaaa…" Wait, hold on, it's not true? Yesterday, we were about to report news from Latino Review that Benicio Del Toro might be playing Khan in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel, but apparently HitFix spoke to J.J. for confirmation and heard back simply: "Not true." So we held onto it, but here it is anyway, since there's speculation he "might be lying" or that it's all just a hoax, and who knows if he's still playing Khan after all. Originally, El Mayimbe wrote that: "I'm tracking a Latin bad guy role in an upcoming studio movie [and]… Del Toro is playing none other than… Khan Noonien Singh! Expect rebuttals and denials." So?
There's no confirmation or anything but, according to J.J. via HitFix, a complete "not true" denial. But in-case there is any true, Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered superhuman tyrant who appeared in the Star Trek episode "Space Speed" and, of course, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, might be returning in J.J. Abram's still untitled Star Trek 2. In the original film he was played by Ricardo Montalbán, and it would certainly make some sense to cast another Latino as Khan, but I think J.J. wants us to believe he isn't playing Khan at all, someone else entirely. If they stay true to the 2009 Star Trek, with that villain Nero, they'll introduce a completely new villain in this, but maybe he's the nephew of Khan or something crazy.
You can read both posts on either Latino Review and HitFix, as those are all the reports we have to go on. I expect writers Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci & Damon Lindelof to throw some sci-fi curveballs, but I'm not sure bringing back Khan would really be the best idea. Who knows? We've got J.J.'s "not true" on one hand and "Benicio. Khan. 2013" on the other. We'll continue to keep you updated on this sequel. Who wants Khan?