CASTING WATCH: Brit Go-To-Guy Benedict Cumberbatch Rides into Star Trek

CASTING WATCH: Brit Go-To-Guy Benedict Cumberbatch Rides into Star Trek

Benedict Cumberbatch can ride that "War Horse" all the way into production on J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel. Britain's go-to-chameleon ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Atonement," "The Hobbit") has boarded the Paramount franchise, and rumors abound as to which villain he'll play (is it Khan?). He will be joined by other "Trek" newbies Noel Clarke, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, as well as the returning Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho.

Abrams, who plans to post-convert the film to 3-D (aargh) wrote the script with Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Release is set for May 17, 2013.

[THR/Variety]

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jingmei

a hot gentle brit villain ;p

jmp

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most brilliant young thespians to come out in a long time- more than Jessica Chastain or Ryan Gosling. Now, Benedict is the best "Sherlock Holmes " to date . This guy deserves a huge future. I will keep my eyes out on his next film or tv choices.

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