Khan Noonien Singh
Remember those genetic supermen who took over the world back in the early 1990s? And the white British guy with the East Indian name who seemed to be in charge of most of them?
Give it some thought–it’ll come back to you… younger readers can ask their parents.
Well, this overlooked period in recent history is being brought to life in comic form by Mike Johnson and Claudia Balboni (and overseen by Roberto Orci) at IDW. As the cover indicates, the comic will focus on Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek Into Darkness, not the late Ricardo Montalban’s Khan from the original series and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
I guess they just weren’t sure HOW badly the internet had already ruined the “big reveal” that Cumberbatch‘s character was actually Khan–so they decided to just say “Fuck It!” and destroy all pretense that this fact was ever supposed to be a secret at all.
In any case, as a fan, I’ve always been curious about exactly how the Eugenics Wars went down. Much like how as a Star Wars fan I used to wonder exactly what the Clone Wars were like, and as a Dune fan I used to ponder the details of the Butlerian Jihad…
The answers to these questions have lead me to suspect that sometimes a back story should just STAY a back story–but maybe the third time will be the charm.
Source: Bleeding Cool
It appears that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will chat your ear off about the experience of shooting Star Trek 2 with J.J. Abrams and the crew of the Enterprise Redux, but naturally, he isn’t going to tell you who he’s playing and whether or not they have some connection to Star Trek’s past.
Take this recent interview with Short List, who asked him point blank about his role in the next Trek film:
“Yep, it’s yet another thing I can’t talk about [laughs]. I’ll tell you this, it’s iconic and it’s exciting. I’m bored of denying that it’s Khan now, because people keep saying it.”
So does that mean he is playing Khan? Because saying that he’s “bored of denying” it can be taken a couple of ways. The rumor Cumberbatch is playing the genetically-engineered despot is the most persistent rumor about the new Trek film, but there have been other reports that Cumberbatch is playing Gary Mitchell, an Enterprise crew member and Academy friend of Capt. Kirk who goes Section 8 when he gets super-powers. There’s some dispute on that front too though as Mitchell was already introduced in the IDW comic, which is overseen by Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
But instead of clearing up the mystery, Cumberbatch continued his publicist approved, pre-arranged answer:
“[It’s] really, really good fun. It’s a great part and it’s really well written. I enjoyed the fights and the stunts, there’s lots of that and it really is proper action movie territory… [It’s] the stuff of dreams. I know it’s such a well-trodden, clichéd path, ‘Brit actor plays baddie in Hollywood’, but I channelled all of that and just really enjoyed it.”
More news as it…. Oh screw it! At this point I doubt we’ll know who the villain is even after the film opens. Which is May 17th, 2013, by the way.
Source: Screen Rant
The official word is out that the Star Trek sequel, J. J. Abrams‘ baby, will be hitting IMAX theaters in full 3D glory when its released on May 17, 2013! I’m sure many nerds will be pleased by this because … well, because. Hit the jump for the full press release! But before we get to that, there’s another little bit of Star Trek news to share with y’all. Turns out that in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan Noonien Singh actually had a child. Yep. And there’s visual proof! From Badass Digest:
Khan originally had a child. In the movie the child first appears as Terrell and Chekov come upon the Botany Bay; Chekov sees the kid through a window briefly, and then the child scurries away. It’s a moment of added tension as the two examine the wreckage of the ancient ship. The baby doesn’t show up again until the very end, and his return comes at a very sobering time. As the USS Reliant is in ruins, as Khan is all but defeated, he activates the Genesis Device, which still sits on the transporter pad. Attracted by the bright lights, the baby crawls towards the device… which then detonates, turning the Mutari Nebula into the Genesis Planet and killing everybody.
It’s definitely an interesting plot point. Would you guys have wanted this to stay in the final cut of the story, or do you think this choice worked out for the better?
Who the villain will be in J.J. Abrams’ sequel to 2009’s Star Trek is the question on everyone’s lips. Well, anyone whose eagerly anticipating this sequel, which is all of us, right? Good. First we heard Benicio Del Toro was to be cast and possibly playing well-loved nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh. Then Abrams assured us he was NOT playing Khan and finally Del Toro turned down the project all together.
So where’s that leave us? Alive Eve and Peter Weller have been the most recent and high profile additions yet there’s still no word on a villain. Granted we also have no clue where the sequel will take the intrepid Enterprise crew but a villain would be a giant hint as to their proposed direction. If they do indeed have their sights set on casting a new Khan it would make sense for them to keep looking Latin actors.
Well look at this, wouldn’t you know it, actor Édgar Ramírez (Carlos, Che, Domino, The Bourne Ultimatum) is believed to be the frontrunner for Star Trek 2‘s villian. And guess what!? As if the name didn’t give it away. Ramírez is a Latin actor, hailing from Venezuela, making him just what they’d be looking for in a young Ricardo Montalbon. Variety is reporting Ramírez will have a screen test soon, via Skype of all things, and after that we’ll have some kind of announcement.
Do you think it’s a sure thing Khan will be the villain of Star Trek 2? Seems likely with the actors their seeking, but I still believe an all new, original villain would be the way to go.