Benicio Del Toro Declined Role In ‘Star Trek’ Sequel

Posted Monday, December 5th, 2011 10:00 pm GMT -4 by

It was just a few short hours ago we reported that Peter Weller has signed to appear in ‘Star Trek 2.’ Now we sadly have to inform you that while Weller is in, Benicio Del Toro is out.

Vulture has reported that while Del Toro has been in talks with the studio about starring in the sequel, negotiations broke last Wednesday when the two parties couldn’t agree over monetary issues. So despite all the rumors that he has agreed to play Khan in the film, it can now officially be said with certainty that Del Toro will not be in the movie.

With production to start filming soon, Abrams will have to scramble to find someone to take Del Toro’s place. Oddly enough, the rumor that Khan will be the film’s villain is still going strong. Vulture is claiming that they heard from a “highly placed source that Khan is indeed the film’s baddie.” Now whether this is the same source that confirmed that Del Toro was playing Khan is unknown but with news like this, it seems safer to wait until something more concrete is given.

Some feel that Abrams not saying anything specific about the role of Kahn is a tactic akin to something out of Zack Snyder’s playbook when he also emphatically denied that Zod would be a part of ‘Man of Steel.’ Then a few months later, Michael Shannon was cast in the role. So it may be a matter of time before we see if the rumors of Khan are true.

So how do you feel about Del Toro no longer being part of ‘Star Trek 2’ and the possibility that Khan may be the big baddie? And if he is, who would you like to see in the Khan role?

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  • DrKnowe

    I may be in the minority, but I always thought Mr Del Toro was a bit over-rated 
    It’s been awhile, but I believe Khan was an “augment” from India, or with Indian ancestry.  There are lots of great actors coming out of Bollywood that would be a much better fit for the part than Mr Del Toro.  Mr Del Toro is about as Indian as Ricardo Montalban.  ;)  Although I believe Montalban was able to pull off the refined, princely aspects of Khan better than Del Toro would have, he’s just a bit rough around the edges- but it may just be that I don’t remember seeing Mr Del Toro cast in a role where he had to display such traits.

    • Janice Kay

      Yes, DrKnowe, you’re correct about Khan’s ancestry. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • I like Del Toro so I’m sad to see that they couldn’t come to an agreement. Even worse, though, is the use of Khan as the villain. With the new timeline created by Abram’s Trek movie, Kirk and Khan probably don’t have the history that they did in the Prime Universe. Of course, I’d like to be proven wrong because Khan is a great villain. It’s just that so much of his power comes from his backstory that it’ll be difficult to squeeze into a single film.

  • I plan on watching the movie with or without Del Toro.