As we reported in early November, Benicio del Toro was heavily rumored to play the role of the main villain in the upcoming Star Trek sequel. Director, J.J. Abrams even went on record, confirming interest in Del Toro.
As it turns out, that deal seems to have gone sour.
In news first reported by New York Magazine’s Vulture, the two parties were unable to come to a monetary agreement for the role.
After rampant speculation that Del Toro would play the ultimate Star Trek villain, Khan Noonien Singh, Abrams denied that was the intended character. However, Vulture cites a highly placed source that Khan is indeed the sequel’s villain.
Abrams and crew will now have to move quickly to find a replacement for Del Toro as filming is slated to begin next month.
We’ll have more on this story along with all of the breaking news related to the Star Trek sequel, here on TrekNews.net.
December 6, 2011 at 6:29 am
Too bad he would have been great as Khaaaaaaaaaaan.
December 6, 2011 at 6:31 am
December 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Ugh… I think this is a horrible idea – surely Spock Prime would have informed his old friend and his new self of all of the bad things that will befall the federation over the next 100 years up to and including Khan – the direct cause of Spock’s death in the old timeline. Bad move Mr. Abrams if this is indeed the path you wish to trek.
December 7, 2011 at 12:36 am
Maybe the guy who played Saed on Lost could take on the role. I think it could work.