Almost every Hollywood insider seems to agree that the villain of the next Star Trek movie is Khan Noonian Singh. Yes, that Khan. On the flipside of that, the movie’s director JJ Abrams’ insists that it isn’t Khan. No one believes him because, to put it bluntly, JJ Abrams lies. He lies a lot.
You can’t trust anything Abrams has to say about his projects, ever, and the rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan in the next Star Trek has been confirmed and triple confirmed by so many scoop sources that it seems like fact.
But maybe it’s not.
You can’t trust JJ Abrams at all but normally you can trust Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the new Trek series. Pegg is normally a pretty honest and up front guy so maybe we should believe him when he tells The Telegraph…
It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them.
Simon Pegg would know what’s up, having already filmed the movie, and has absolutely no reason to lie here. Actually, he has every reason to tell the truth. Unlike Abrams, Pegg depends heavily on the support and goodwill of his fans to get the projects he wants to make done. He’d never intentionally do anything to piss them off. If Pegg says Khan isn’t the villain of Trek, then I guess we need to all nod our heads and agree that it definitely isn’t.
Feel free to breathe a sigh of relief. This Khan as the bad guy thing was a pretty horrible idea anyway. Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor, but casting the whitest man on the planet to play an iconic character of Indian descent seemed like race-bending of the highest order. None of it ever made any sense.
So why have all the rumors persisted? There’s a chance this could be intentional. Abrams is notoriously secretive and sometimes flat out dishonest when it comes to talking about his in-development projects. It’s entirely possible that the whole thing could be some sort of disinformation campaign originating with Abrams’ himself. Maybe Khan isn’t the villain of Star Trek: The Next, but by making us think it is JJ has kept the real identity of Cumberbatch’s character a complete and total surprise for Star Trek fans.
So if he’s not Khan then who is Cumberbatch playing? I’m guessing the god-powered Gary Mitchell. Post your theories in the comments section below. Here’s a look at Cumberbatch filming the next Trek as a visual aid for your guessing game…