It looks like the villains landscape for the upcoming Star Trek sequel may not be as mysterious as we were made to believe. After conflicting multiple reports, the first bit of news is that Benicio Del Toro is OUT of the film. The second, is that Khan could still be IN.
Apparently, the negotiations with the actor fell through last week, leaving a prominent villain slot vacant. This would seemingly puzzle fans, especially after director, J.J. Abrams just recently debunked a report by LatinoReview claiming that Del Toro would play the iconic Khan Noonien Singh. -- Well, the cryptic director, in that sense was telling the truth. Benicio Del Toro would not be playing Khan. -- But someone still might.
Now, after having thought that the genetically-engineered General of chaos was ruled out, we now find him back at the top of possible villain candidates. Will it happen?
Thus, besides the fact that J.J. Abrams kind of threw LatinoReview under the bus in the name of secrecy, the idea of Khan being the villain has once again become the prevailing theory among the community of fans.
At this point, the speculation will begin as to who should fill the role made famous by Ricardo Montalban's sophisticated accent and fake man-boobs. While names of Latino actors like No Country For Old Men star (and future Bond villain,) Javier Bardem or Carlos star, Edgar Ramirez will likely pop up quickly, it's important to remember that Khan was actually supposed to be of Indian descent, which leaves the options quite open for a diverse set of actors.
Whoever they select, it has to be someone who can play the role as sophisticated and intelligent, while bringing epic intensity.