That was a spoiler, I guess, but it’s not like it’s going to be secret for too much longer. More Trek info follows.
The casting of Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain in the new Star Trek flick set off a firestorm of speculation on the nerdernet about who he would play. The part was first offered to Benicio Del Toro, but aside from that we knew nothing. However, most outlets are following the lead of TrekMovie when they say that it’s Khan Noonien Singh. Here’s a quick rundown of the evidence.
1) The DVD commentary for the 2009 film features a throwaway line from the team saying that they had thought about putting in a post-credits shot of Khan’s ship, the Botany Bay.
2) Khan was originally played by Ricardo Montalban, and director J.J. Abrams was auditioning almost exclusively Latino actors (including Del Toro) for the mystery part.
3) The Trek filmmakers have cited Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy as their inspiration for the new movies, and Khan is as close as the Star Trek universe gets to the Joker.
Leonard Nimoy is also confirmed to cameo as Spock Prime, giving him the record for the most Trek movies appeared in (he’s currently tied with Shatner at seven each).