simon pegg star trek 2 Simon Pegg Says Benedict Cumberbatch Is Not Khan In J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2

With the plot for J.J. Abrams’ still-untitled Star Trek sequel kept firmly under wraps, speculation has run rampart in regards to the role of Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious “lead villain”. One of the lead theories online is that he’s playing the iconic ‘Star Trek’ antagonist Khan Noonien Singh. Today a profile feature on Simon Pegg at The Telegraph has the actor dismissing this rumour: Given internet rumours that Cumberbatch has been cast as Kirk and Spock nemesis Khan, will this be a very different “wrath of Khan” from the 1982 film of the same name? “It’s not Khan,” replies Pegg, annoyed. “That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not.” 

The tentatively titled ‘Star Trek 2′ will be released May 17th, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor and Peter Weller.  Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the as-yet-untitled film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.