Previously, it was announced that Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) had been cast as the main villain in the follow-up to director JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot. Today, Vulture reported that negotiations had fallen apart and del Toro has opted out, leaving the role wide open.
Then hot off the (metaphorical) presses, Variety comes in with the news that “RoboCop” star Peter Weller has just been cast in an unknown role. It is anybody’s guess at this point if this will be del Toro’s replacement, since this villain was also an undisclosed character. I sure hope Weller is instead cast as some senior Starfleet officer, as he does noble characters so well.
Alice Eve has also joined the cast, and guess what — her character is a secret too. Abrams is really playing his cards close to his chest, which is normal for the guy. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are back to provide the script, which was previously rumoured to feature a popular villain: Khan Noonian Singh from “Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan”. But that rumour has since been debunked. Or is this yet another smoke & mirrors gag from the filmmakers? Bringing Khan back would just be lazy and uninspired. It’s been done. Let it rest, guys.
Returning cast members include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin. Abrams begins filming the Paramount Pictures production in early 2012 for a 17th May 2013 release.