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UPDATE: Damon Lindelof, Lost and Star Trek producer, has confirmed this on Twitter by tweeting this followed by a retweet of Deadline‘s  article. [via Nerds in Babeland]

Hot on the heels of the announcement Doctor Who alum, Noel Clarke would be joining the cast of Star Trek 2, Variety is reporting Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Steven Moffat’s other totally incredible show, Sherlock will play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ sequel.

… And my brain just exploded from the awesome of this.

I don’t know if you’re familiar with Cumberbatch’s work. He can currently be seen in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, both well recieved, award show-sorts of movies. He’ll be voicing Smaug and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Oh, and he’s reinventing Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective on BBC’s Sherlock. Which, again, created/produced/written by Steven Moffat and costarring Martin Freeman. Basically, what I’m getting at, is — I think this guy’s career is about to blow UP.

And he just landed the role of the villain in one of the most anticipated science fiction movies of the next few years. I predict we’ll all be mispronouncing his incredibly British sounding name after Star Trek 2 drops. That is if you aren’t already.

Paramount has made no comment on the casting. Which might mean I just exploded with fangirlish excitement for no freakin’ reason, but Variety reports Cumberbatch was cast in the role Edgar Ramirez audtioned for last week. The role Benicio Del Toro turned down. The bad guy.

And he’s gonna make one marvelous villain. But what kind of villain? Human? Alien? Robot? His casting has clearly squashed the rumors of a revival of Khan, right?

Source: Pop Culture Brain

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