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Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke Added to the Cast of Star Trek 2

Get ready, everyone — this is some pretty ‘splosive casting news: Noel Clarke (who played Mickey Smith on Doctor Who) has just been cast in J.J. Abrams‘ sequel to Star Trek. That’s not all. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Hobbit) has also been castas the villain. We’ll just let that simmer for a little while. Noel Clarke, returning to space. Benedict Cumberbatch trying to take it over. Nerds are going to go wild, and I will be included among them.

Not many details are available about their characters, besides Cumberbatch’s villain role, but the addition of these two particular actors is pretty exciting, just in general. Because they are them, and they both have such great British cred, which, frankly, has nothing to do with Star Trek. But in Clarke’s case, he also has sci-fi cred from his “freelance alien hunter” career on Doctor Who. His role is being described as “a family man with a wife and young daughter,” but with no other clues as to where in the Star Trek universe that will fall. We will just have to be patient. Insanely patient.

As for Cumberbatch, he is, indeed, stepping in where Benicio Del Toro stepped out after turning down the villain role a few months back. And no, there are still no details on which villain this is going to be, but Susana immediately exclaimed “HE’S GOING TO BE A VULCAN,” which would look seriously good on someone like Benedict Cumberbatch. (And his Sherlock is the tiniest bit Vulcan-reminiscient, isn’t he?) One thing we do know is that this villain is not likely to be Khan (aka KHAAAAAAAAN), but as a tribute to the legendary bad guy, the plans for Cumberbatch’s bad guy are to make him just as iconic and badass.

That is a lot to be excited about, and it’s only the fifth day of the year. Already, we’re shaping up for an exiting year of movie news — and the more BBC alumni, the better!

(via Think Progress, The Guardian, Coventry Telegraph)

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  • Pete Marshall

    Please say BC is KHAAAAN! Epic sexy space times!

  • CPW

    At least Cumberbatch as Khan wouldn’t need to wear a prosthetic breast piece to hide is old man boobs.

  • Rose Jones

    That sound was the millions of geeks flaying and waving their arms madly in the air at the same time. But Cumberbatch as an evil-ish Vulcan does sound appealing to me. I don’t think he’s Klingon material. And the ears WOULD look good on him!

  • Marie

    ‎[Jumps up and down clapping, like an excited kid]

  • Anonymous

    I was gonna say that Cumberbatch could easily be a Vulcan or Romulan, but I doubt they’ll do a Romulan bad guy two movies in a row.

    Also, may I say that I’m kinda glad Benicio Del Toro stepped down from the villain role.  I’ve got nothing against the guy, but I just can’t take him seriously as an actor.

  • Life Lessons

    Great! Now let’s see a whole bunch of women added. ;)

  • Victoria Eden

    I am definitely ok with this. I absolutely adore Benedict Cumberbatch, and look forward to any excuse to say Benedict Cumberbatch. Because Benedict Cumberbatch has the best, most British sounding name ever.


  • ZenPoseur

    I look forward to seeing how this pans out.


  • Francesca M

    I really really really hope he’s not Khan. New Universe New Stories!

    Also my bet for Clarke: Poor Red Shirted Bastard.

  • Rebecca


    Nothing intelligent to add. Just general nerdgasming. 

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad I decided to actually watch the first series of Sherlock a few weeks ago. Otherwise I wouldn’t have had a clue why people are acting this way.

    But since I have: Yayifications!

  • Julianne McCartney

    So 2012 is turning out pretty cool so far…

  • Maiasaura

    This is fantastic!  Although I think it’d be a bit weird to have Benedict Cumberbatch play Khan, if that is indeed who the villain is.  I can see him pulling off the personality, but isn’t Khan an Indian surname?

  • Odette Mohammed

    I was kind of meh about Star Trek 2…Until I heard this news and then I was…WOO HOO!!!

  • Kaarel Jakobson

    This is good news, but whoever this villain is, I hope he’ll be better-written than Nero.

  • Anna B

    Now, why would you say such a depressing thing?