News: Star Trek 2 Casts Benedict Cumberpatch As Its Villain

You’ll remember a few weeks ago the excitement over Benicio Del Toro being approached to play the big bad in J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel. Well, yeah, that fell through, which was a huge shame because I believe him to be one the finest actors working in Hollywood today. Well, that disappointment has been well and truly put aside with the news that Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberpatch has signed on in his place.

Now, you’d probably expect me to be a bit sniffy about Sherlock, as I am with almost all TV shows, but no, I actually like it. It’s a silly and enjoyable bit of fluff. Yes, I find the tilt-shift transitions a bit annoying and think they’ll date the series considerably in the future, but apart from that I can’t fault it. I think the new contemporary London setting works wonderfully well, and Cumberpatch’s performance is especially good, combining the right level of confidence and arrogance in his Sherlock without making him thoroughly unlikable. I think this bodes especially well for his role in Star Trek and helps raise the excitement levels a little bit higher.

In other great news for us Brits, Noel Clarke, director of Kidulthood, and probably more famous for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who, has also been cast in the new Star Trek movie. Not a lot of info has been released other than he’ll play a family man with a wife and a young daughter. Interesting.

Star Trek 2 is due for release on the 17th May 2013.

Sources: /Film, GeekTyrant, JoBlo, Den Of Geek, Variety,

More Star Trek News:

Benicio Del Toro Drops Out Of Star Trek 2

Star Trek Sequel Delayed Until 2013

Benicio Del Toro To Be Star Trek’s New Big Bad?

Star Trek 2 Finally Gets The Go-Ahead

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