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Yesterday the news Benedict Cumberbatch was playing the villain in the 2013 Star Trek sequel took the Internet by storm. Today the actor was doing press for Sherlock and he talked about the casting. Details below, plus some of the Internet speculation (and Photoshopping) for possible Star Trek roles the actor may be playing.
Cumberbatch "over the moon" over Star Trek casting
Today Benedict Cumberbatch, newly announced villain for the Star Trek sequel, participated in a TCA event promoting the second season of Sherlock coming to PBS in May. Cumberbatch was beaming in from the UK via satellite. While the focus was on Sherlock, he did get a question about Star Trek, saying (via Zap2It):
"There’s a lawyer standing here saying that I can’t say anything," says the actor. "I’m hugely, hugely excited and I’m very, very flattered. I’m very, very excited, but obviously I’m not here to talk about that. I will, in the future, I’m sure. I’m just getting my head around the fact that it’s happened. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll pass on that. But, my headline is that I’m over the moon."
Benedict Cumberbatch (via satelite) talks Star Trek
at PBS TCA event in Pasadena, CA – Jan. 5
Internet Star Trek speculation in overdrive
The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain in the Star Trek sequel has been huge news across the net in the last day, especially on the nerdier websites. The hot new actor is being welcomed by almost all commentators, moving on to speculation as to the specific role he will be playing. Previous speculation and rumor has focused on JJ Abrams and team bringing back Khan Noonien Singh, and in fact the guys at the MTV still think this is the case, even providing a Cumber-Khan Photoshop image.
MTV envision Cumberbatch as Khan
However, Cumberbatch’s extreme English-ness (and pallor) has led many other speculators to move away from Khan, although some commenters here at TrekMovie.com have suggested maybe he could be playing another frozen superman from the Botany Bay. UPDATE: TrekMovie reader Justin Olsen took to Photoshop to envision Cumberbatch as Star Trek II’s Khan henchman Juaquim.
While there is no confirmation that the villain will even be from Star Trek’s past canon, most of the speculation tends to be searching Trek history for a possible match. The guys at Aint It Cool are asking the question "Is TV’s Sherlock playing Harry Mudd?" but they seem to be kidding around on that one. In fact Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Bob Orci joked along with them with a comment here at TrekMovie.com earlier today saying “I just want to know how aicn figured out who he was playing.” Then again, maybe Bob is trying some kind of crafty misdirection by making a joke out of it (how is that for a conspiracy?). Moving on, the Star Trek collecting site 8of5 Guide to the Collective "cobbled together" this image speculating Cumberbatch as a Talosian, a Klingon or possibly even Trelane.
More Cumberbatch Star Trek villain possibilities (8of5)
Other possible suggestions from commenters here at TrekMovie include Garth of Izar, Sybok, Lazarus, the Romulan Commander from "Balance of Terror," Gary Seven, Gary Mitchell, and even Q. These of course vary in likelyhood. For example, the new Star Trek comics already dealth with Gary Mitchell, so he seems an unlikely candidate. And of course Harry Mudd isn’t exactly a sinister character. Plus would they go with Romulans again? Gary Seven and Garth of Izar on the other hand are interesting possibilities.
…and even more Star Trek villain speculations
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