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Not long ago it was reported that actor Benicio Del Toro was in negotiations to join the cast of J.J. Abrams' sequel to his 2009 'Star Trek' reboot. The rumors then started flying that the casting of Del Toro suggested that Abrams would be tackling the classic Khan character/storyline. Now it is being reported that Del Toro, apparently dissatisfied with the financial compensation, has walked away from the project entirely. If this turns out to be the case, I think we can finally safely conclude that Del Toro will not in fact be playing Khan. The 'Star Trek' sequel is set to begin shooting early next year so the search for a new villain will have to be a quick one.
Which makes yesterday's announcement of the casting of Peter Weller ('Robocop,' 'Leviathan') all the more interesting. The studio has yet to release the particulars of the character Weller will be playing, but is it possible he was brought on to fill the now vacant villain slot? I have to say I think Del Toro is making a big mistake leaving this film. After the dismal 'Wolfman,' a high profile genre film could have proved to be just what the actor needed to return to prominence. That's not to say he hasn't been working steadily, but adding a blockbuster like this to his recent stint of artier fare could have been a major boost to his box office drawing power. Granted, we don't know what he was actually offered so we can't assign him all the blame in this failed deal, it's just a shame we won't be seeing him do battle with Capt. Kirk out there in the final frontier.
The 'Star Trek' sequel beams into theaters May 17, 2013