'Star Trek 2' Villain Has Been Selected: 'To Khan Or Not To Khan' Is The Question

Brace yourself for “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of… Somebody.”

Of course there will be a villain in J.J. Abrams and company's sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek,” and producer Damon Lindelof knows who it will be.

“Those decisions have been made and we are not waffling on them,” Lindelof told MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, though he stayed cryptic on the exact who's and what's. But now that Abrams’ “Super 8” duties are done and he can focus on "Trek" -- possibly even directing the sequel himself -- a script is finally coming together, featuring a new Big Bad. Or perhaps... not so new.

If you were around in the '80s or own some sort of movie playing device, you might have heard of Khan, Captain Kirk’s antagonist in the second “Trek” feature film. Played by the exotically accented Ricardo Montalban, Khan is a beloved character from that original “Trek” franchise. And the folks at Bad Robot definitely considered him when they were searching for a nemesis for Chris Pine’s Kirk.

“I think that to Khan or not to Khan was the jumping off question,” Lindelof explained. What followed was a heated debate and then a resolution. “Once we came to that decision we stuck to our guns.”

Lindelof is keeping the result of that decision to himself for now, but he did reveal that in the next film we’ll be seeing more of the characters who are not named Kirk and Spock.

“The first movie was really kind of designed as a buddy cop movie,” said Lindelof, citing the iconic "Lethal Weapon" pair of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh as examples. “That’s definitely a huge theme of 'Trek' and one that you cannot abandon."

"But I do think that the sequel is also going to want to explore other relationships," he added, "and certainly characters who are more in the background get to shine a little bit brighter.”

If that means more Scotty, we’re all for it!

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