Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Star Trek’ Role Revealed?

There have been plenty of big questions surrounding the production of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel. What villainous character will Benedict Cumberbatch be playing? Does Leonard Nimoy actually return in the new movie? And just what will the flick be called other than “As Yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel”?

Some of those questions may now have answers (courtesy of the folks over at TrekMovie and Ain’t It Cool News), while some of them still remain a mystery (hint: it still doesn’t have an official title). If you were looking to keep yourself spoiler-free going into “Star Trek 2,” it would be best to turn away now: there are possible spoilers ahead. Consider yourself warned!

Benedict Cumberbatch Will Be Playing …
Even though we kept hearing repeated denials that Cumberbatch (and everyone else) would be playing Khan in Abrams’ alternate “Star Trek” universe, we never gave up our dream that he would be “Trek 2’s” big bad. And it turns out our dedication paid off. TrekMovie’s sources say Cumberbatch will in fact be exiled Eugenics War leader Khan Noonien Singh, though this won’t be a rehash of the “Star Trek” episode “Space Seed” that first introduced the character. If true, we’re excited to meet a brand new Khan in 2013, and are thrilled to see what Abrams and Cumberbatch do with the character.

Leonard Nimoy Is Coming Back In “Trek 2″
This one doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, especially since that recent interview with CNN. But yes, it appears as though Leonard Nimoy will be returning in “Star Trek 2″ as Spock Prime. The last we saw was him returning to help the Vulcans who survived Nero’s destruction of their planet, but it seems like he still has some work to do to help out the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. As TrekMovie points out, this will be Nimoy’s eighth appearance in a “Star Trek” feature film, which will set a new record.

The Sequel Will Feature Klingons
Last but certainly not least, AICN is reporting that Klingons will play a pretty major role in “Trek 2.” This also doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as deleted scenes from 2009’s “Star Trek” showed that they were supposed to be introduced for the first time in that movie. Unfortunately their plot line was cut, but that won’t be the case this time around. The Klingon storyline will reportedly still be a subplot, but not one that is so easily discarded.

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