With the Star Trek sequel moving along nicely, the current of casting news have once again started to flow.
With the addition of Benicio Del Toro, we got what many speculated may be an iconic Trek villain. However, joining him in the cast, will be an iconic hero, in original Robocop (and to cult movie enthusiasts, Buckaroo Banzai,) Peter Weller.
However, the Del Toro news had been accompanied by a report that the Traffic and Sin City star would be inheriting the reigns from Ricardo Montalban to play the thawed, genetically-enhanced Khan Noonien Singh. -- Well, when director, J.J. Abrams was asked by HitFix to verify the rumor, he said unequivocally, "Not true."
So, what, then should we expect in the antagonists gallery from the Star Trek sequel?
At this point, any current indication as to what Chris Pine's Captain Kirk and his crew will be going up against went down with the Khan rumor. However, since Del Toro will still be in the film, likely as a villain, we could take Abrams' debunking as confirmation that Khan will indeed NOT be featured in the film, as many (including myself) once thought for sure.
Benicio Del Toro and Peter Weller could bring an interesting dynamic to the film. Del Toro puts on a signature intensity, while Weller has proven, especially in his recent guest spot on Fringe, that he can play interesting psychological villains.
Hopefully, whatever we get will give at least some kind of homage to the original Star Trek series (before there were two Spocks and Vulcan went the way of Alderaan.) The strongest part of Abrams' Trek reboot has been its mainstream accessibility mixed with fanboy-pleasing elements. Going too far off the reservation in either direction could be dangerous.
The still-untitled Star Trek sequel is set to embark on May 17, 2013.