"With filming scheduled to start in January, the casting process for J.J. Abrams' sequel to 2009's Star Trek (RT Tomatometer score, 95%) continued apace this week with three different related casting news stories.
First up was the revelation of what exactly J.J. Abrams probably meant recently when he said rumors that Benicio Del Toro would be playing Khan Noonien Singh (ala Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) were "not true." That clever little bit of wordplay didn't necessarily mean that Khan wouldn't be in this sequel, but just that Benicio Del Toro eventually had to drop out of starring in the movie at all. Along the way, however, the news of Del Toro's not signing has (almost) confirmed that Khan is indeed in the sequel. Part of what helps identify Khan as the film's villain is the news that the two front runners to replace Benicio Del Toro are Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point) (the frontrunner) and Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II, Elizabeth: The Golden Age).
The other big casting news of the week was that Peter Weller, AKA the original RoboCop and Buckaroo Banzai star, has also signed on. The one detail that has been leaked about Weller's character is that he will be playing a "C.E.O." Most people would tend to think that implies a huge corporation, which does not jive with 45+ years of Star Trek continuity in which corporations do not play a major role. However, what may be more likely is that in Star Trek parlance, those initials also stand for Chief Engineering Officer. Perhaps Scotty will be getting a new boss?
Alice Eve also signed on for an unknown role recently, and of course, pretty much everyone with a major role from the first film except Eric Bana, Chris Hemsworth, Winona Ryder and Leonard Nimoy are likely to return for the sequel as well."
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A/N: Filming starts next month! Get your lens flare and bodies ready!