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?
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
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JimD on Dec 3, 2011
Intriguing! I don't even think that Montalban's performance can be topped!
Spider on Dec 3, 2011
agree on RM performance - he was brilliant as khan.
Anonymous on Dec 3, 2011
I hope this turns out to be a false rumor. ST2 is still a great movie, and it does not need to be retold/ diddled with. I have my fingers crossed that he is playing a bad ass klingon.
blesterov on Dec 3, 2011
I hope Benicio Del Toro will play the head of the Orion Syndicate.
Goldman on Dec 3, 2011
I think they will introduce him as a new villain and try be original...why go back and redo something? If it ain't broken, why fix it?!
Ron on Dec 3, 2011
If Khan is in the movie, I won't see it.
Jason Grade on Dec 3, 2011
For those thinking that star trek 2 is being messed with its not its the star trek episode space seed that will be messed with
Brycemorr1084 on Dec 3, 2011
not to mention "star trek:wrath of khan".........there is NO way anyone should play khan besides RM.
Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011
why do khan again? its already been done, very well I might add. Star Trek is all about doing new things, so why would Abrams choose to retread and give himself the horrible task of trying to one-up the classic. Something new, and please, something better than the boring Nero character from the otherwise excellent first reboot film.
Pippinsmokespipeweed on Dec 4, 2011
"None other than..." has got to be the most overused and unnecessary intro line on the internet. It makes me cringe every time I read it. It doesn't matter to me if he's Khan or not. For historical continuity it would be an interesting idea if he was, and then with this Star Trek timeline being a little different it lends itself to different events and outcomes taking place.
Jedi on Dec 4, 2011
Benicio Del Toro as a serious Harry Mudd - not in a comedic turn - but a truly devious character
SavageHawk on Dec 4, 2011
Geez, try something original for once. Put all the lens flares you want in the movie, but BE ORIGINAL.
rennmaxbeta on Dec 5, 2011
Hmmm...am I confused? Not sure. Where and why did this Khan rumour start?
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