Star Trek Casting News of the Day: It seems Benedict Cumberbatch won’t be content until he’s in every awesome thing ever.
The impossibly British thespian, who is already both Sherlock Holmes and Smaug The Dragon, has just been cast as the main villain in the upcoming sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.
Deadline, which broke the news, could not say whether GQ UK’s Actor of the Year would play a hero or a villain, but Variety’s Jeff Sneider confirmed Cumberbatch would in fact be playing the movie’s villain.
Prior to the War Horse star, both Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Molla auditioned for the part. The casting of Cumberbatch presumably puts to rest the rumor that Star Trek 2’s principal antagonist would be Khan Noonien Singh.
[deadline / variety / moviefone.]