J.J. Abrams Wants Benicio Del Toro To Play The Villain In The Next Star Trek Movie

Benicio del Toro in Reptile
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There aren't that many questions left about J.J. Abrams' next Star Trek movie. We know that the project is in active development and that Abrams is once again attached to direct. We know that the script is being written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. We know that the entire cast will be returning, from Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk to Simon Pegg as Scotty. There is, however, one major mystery still out there that will determine the direction of the sequel: who is the villain going to be? We still don't have that answer, but today we learn who might be the man to play him.

According to inside sources over at Variety, J.J. Abrams has decided that he wants Benicio Del Toro to play the central antagonist in the still untitled Star Trek: The Second. While no offer has been made as of yet, the filmmaker has met with the actor about the part and negotiations could begin as early as this weekend. What's also interesting is that even Del Toro doesn't know what the role is, as Abrams wants to continue keeping it a secret. Should he take the part, the Oscar winner would be succeeding Eric Bana, who played the tragic Romulan villain Nero in 2009's Star Trek. Production on the movie is scheduled to begin early next year.

As much as I really like this idea - Del Toro is a phenomenal actor and it would be great to see him as an antagonist - the only thing that gives me pause is that he is hard enough to understand as it is and it won't get any easier if his face is covered in prosthetic makeup. So now the big question: who do you think Del Toro could play? Could he be a Klingon? Khan? A Tribble? Leave your guesses in the comments section below.

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