Warp Speed, Mr.Holmes?

This week saw the beginning of shooting on the follow up to one of the most successful films of 2009, Star Trek. Once again JJ Abrams is the man behind the camera, while many of the actors including Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zoe Saldana (Lt. Uhura)  Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr “Bones” McCoy)  and Simon Pegg (Scotty) all return to the film series.

Beyond the returning cast there has not been much solid information, other than that the movie will follow on from the first as well few  interesting pieces of casting news over the last few weeks. The first new addition to the movie is Peter Weller (Robocop) who has been cast in a yet to be clarified role. Next is  the well-recognised British director / actor Noel Clarke (Doctor Who / Kidulthood) who is set to play a family man with a wife and young daughter within the movie. Yet, it  is the latest news that has raised many an eyebrow in the Hollywood circles.

The lead villain of the movie has been long rumoured for many months to be the well-known (and infamous to trek-law) character, Khan Noonien Singh (or KHAN!!!!!!!!! For short), a genetically enhanced superman who was bred to be free of either mental or physical defects. In the original series, Khan was left marooned on Ceti Alpha V by Kirk to build his own civiliaisation with his fellow supermen after a failed plot to take over the USS Enterprise

Cumberbatch is perhaps not the logical choice, but he is certain to prove worthy

Originally the studios were in talks with Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) who turned down the role, however the internet found out that  Édgar Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum) was the  new favourite for the role. Yet this is not the first time that the internet has been wrong as today it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the film (as many sources are reporting) as the lead protagonist of the movie.

Cumberbatch is perhaps better known for his recent and rather eccentric portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the modern BBC reinterpetation of the character into a 21st century world. Cumberbatch is no stranger to the silver screen having stared in a number recent big movies such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and is the voice talent behind Smaug in the upcoming Peter Jackson movie The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The casting of Cumberbatch, in my opinion, is an interesting one. As to the much wider world, he is a relatively unknown actor in comparison to some of the other names involved on this movie. But I believe that the reason why the producers have gone with Cumberbatch is his the ability to bring to life a truly frightening  character who is both a genius (which would fit perfectly with the Khan character) and cold blooded, showing his enemies  a villain that is willing to do anything to have his revenge, no matter the cost .

The Star Trek sequel will be released on May 17, 2013 in the USA, with other International dates to be confirmed.

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