Benicio Del Toro to Play the Villain in STAR TREK 2

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After recently committing to directing Star Trek 2, J. J. Abrams has apparently found his villain. Benicio Del Toro has been chosen as the antagonist to the sequel of Abrams’ 2009 smash hit. Although most of the original cast is returning, the villain had yet to be chosen by Abrams. Though the deal hasn’t been inked yet, sources say Del Toro should be signed by the end of the weekend. Del Toro himself has previously met with Abrams to discuss his involvement but remains in the dark as to the role for secrecy’s sake.

Del Toro is a fantastic choice for a villain and can next be seen in Oliver Stone’s Savages as the antagonistic leader of a Mexican drug cartel. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof will return to pen Star Trek 2’s script. The project also stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho. Production is scheduled to start in early 2012, but no release date has been announced.  Hit the jump for more. [Clarification: Del Toro is likely to be offered the role , and we believe it's a fair assumption that he'll take it.]

News of Del Toro’s imminent casting in Star Trek 2 comes via Variety. While there’s no word yet on exactly which villain he’ll be portraying, there may be some hints out there. Perhaps some details can be found in the new line of comics? Whatever the role, I’m curious to see how Del Toro plays it. He’s usually kind of a smarmy gambler/gangster type and I don’t quite know how that will fit into the canon of Star Trek. What are your thoughts on Del Toro’s casting?  Do you think he’ll play a villain from the original series or a totally new character?  Sound off in the comments section.

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  • geoff


    • Dave Trumbore

      Took the word right outta my mouth, haha

    • M8trix

      Spot on with Khan . First thought in my mind when I read this

  • Luckystrike

    If they do go the Khan route, he would definitely be my choice.

  • I cry u smile

    Holy shitt this is great news!

  • Jay

    Benicio is the man…great choice!

  • Ruprect


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  • Andres Ramirez

    I just shit my pants! HE IS GONNA BE AWSOME!

  • Mike S

    As if I needed any more reason to watch this film!

  • pi

    JJ seems to be taking something out of Nolan’s playbook. HIRE A GREAT ACTOR AS THE VILLAIN. i mean come on, if they get Del Toro here, we all know Star Trek got lucky. it’s like Bardem as the villain in Bond 23, or the Ledger casting as the Joker. these kind of “serious” actors don’t pop up so mainstream action flicks, but when they do, it’s very exciting.

    i’m excited for this!

    • emmalove

      Shut up “si” Chris Nolan is great and all but he is largely overrated due to how much you all like the JOKER not the dark knight movie which was way too long and lacked action scenes between batman and the joker that I could SEE….and don’t give me that “it’s a psychological thriller” B.S. cuz you can do BOTH!! Star trek needs an known who is passionate about the role not a movie star looking for a paycheck.

      • Ruprect

        I guess that means that, by your measure, Spider-man 3 was a better movie than Dark Knight.
        You are also letting your DK-hate blind you to Memento, The Prestige, Insomnia, Batman Begins and Inception. The resume of a movie maker who cannot, by ANY measure, be called “overrated”.

      • Jordan N.

        I thought it was pretty well laid out that the reason Batman and Joker never faced off mano a mano is because Batman would obviously kick the Joker’s ass. In fact, I think the Joker even alludes to it in the movie. Far more thrilling and suspenseful when they DON’T fight, because that establishes tension, a la Hitchcock’s bomb under the table. I’d say to each their own, but since you were a bit dickish in telling the original commentor to shut you, I’ll go ahead and say stfu douche.

      • Jim Jones

        Really not sure what you mean about a movie star passionate about a role vs. one looking for a paycheck within the context of Dark Knight. You saying Ledger just phoned it in? Guess that whole dying thing was just for publicity, too. Boy, he sure cashed it in, didn’t he? Tool.

  • Cody

    Please let it not be Khan.

  • Warpcrafter

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Gotta be. And Justin Beiber will play all of the tribbles.

    • Matthew

      I was thinking Mudd as well. The problem is that Mudd was never the principal villain but rather served as a macguffin to land the crew in hot water.

      So if del Toro is planned for Mudd then we have to assume that there will be someone else to serve as the true villain. However, bringing the light fun of Mudd into the picture could let them take the main plot to much darker places, which is a good thing.

  • News Hit

    “Usually kind of a smarmy gambler/gangster type and I don’t quite know how that will fit into the canon of Star Trek.”

    That’s not really true. Del Toro is a very versatile actor, and has played a variety of roles (revolutionary, cop, ex-con, celebrities, killers). Just don’t ask him to play a werewolf, please.

    • Andres Ramirez

      Still watch the trailer of werewolf and the part where he says, i’m sorry screams “I will kill all of you!” is pretty awesome. The problem with werewolf was the direction and passing of the move, his acting was just fine as was everyone else’s.

      • News Hit

        True, there was nothing wrong with individual performances, and the problems were more to do with the tone and direction. I could hardly believe that Hopkins and Del Toro were in the same universe (Del Toro being a Hamlet-reciting Wolfman, and Hopkins going way overboard with nutty ticks), let alone playing father and son. The director’s responsibility is to ensure that the film is tonally consistent, and the filmmaker failed to do so in this instance, leaving the actors looking foolish as a result.

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  • ozzie

    I doubt they are going to go the Khan route for Star Trek 2 … Del Toro is a great actor.

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  • Tony Hardy

    Benicio certainly has the acting chops and the physicality to pull off a role like Khan, but he could just as easily be a Klingon Commander or another character. Regardless, J.J. has made a GREAT choice.

  • ron

    Kor or Kang, please not Khan. There is only one Khan and that is Ricardo Montalbán. Trek needs an all out Klingon/Federation shoot ‘em up.

  • batmanrules

    Are yall really serious about being excited about this movie..STAR TREK 1 was the WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!

  • batmanrules

    I would’nt go see this movie if someone payed me to!!!

  • batmanrules

    I would’nt go see this movie if my life depended on it!!!

  • Whysohappy?

    I really, sincerely hope its not Khan. Not that I don’t love the character of Khan, but I think simply reusing him for Star Trek 2 would be trite and would rob the series of its freshness. Part of what made Star Trek such a fantastic film was that, instead of simply doing a remake, or pure prequel, they essentially started an entirely new series, open to hundreds of different story arcs. With their “alternate reality” premise, the writers are free to do anything, and not have to worry about remaining “true” to the original series, or upsetting previous story arcs. JJ Abrams has created an entirely new world, opened a fresh, unmarked page. So why then would you want to rehash old villains? Why not do something new, unexpected? Why not create a villian no one’s ever heard of before? Why settle for what’s already been done?

    • RacerTratz

      Thank you. My feelings exactly. Besides, the chemistry of the cast in Wrath of Khan was PERFECT. Lightning cannot strike twice. Leave Khan alone.

    • Jordan N.

      Totally agree with this. While the time travel plot on the original was a bit of forced contrivance, I was willing to forgive it because it was sort of a brilliant way of rebooting the series without having to worry about canon or insulting what came before. For them to do Khan would seem silly to me, and defeat the purpose.

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  • HobyX

    I believe there was a rumor some time ago that they wanted Javier Bardem for the villian (He’d make great Kahn)…But he’s attached to Bond 23 (“Money Falls From the Sky”?) I can se Del Toro as a good alternative… If it is Kahn, maybe he should hit the gym… I mean Kahn is a genetically superior human… Right?

  • Tarek

    A rumor says that they are casting Shia laboeuf.

    • Nonono

      As a tribble?

      • tarek

        lol. Or maybe worse.

  • Victor

    JJ mentioned in the first movie’s special features that they wanted to go with the Klingons for the second film. So it’s possible Benicio will be playing a Klingon.

  • McKay

    Well J. J. Abrams will probably do like he did with the first movie and make one with a completely different plot from the one before it. So Del Toro will play a bald Romulan with a giant ship trying to get revenge on one of the crew, maybe Spock or Scotty.

    I would like to see Mudd as a real dark character.

  • Malone

    If ever anyone should play Khan Noonian Singh it must be Duane “The Rock” Johnson! spread the news so that it becomes a reality! The Rock is Khan! The Rock IS Khan! The ROCK is Khan! The Rock is KHAN !!!!!!!

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  • Fowler

    • The Orion Syndicate as the villains
    • Large all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner
    • More planets
    • Larger space battles with more starships
    • Kirk having better fighting skills
    • Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses
    • The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end

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