Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pegg on Cumberbatch: Not Khan

Got a little bit of clean-up to do this morning vis-a-vis a post from earlier this month. Based on several assured sources populating the web, I did a short piece about actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing the role of Star Trek villain Khan Noonian Singh in the upcoming sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 Trek reboot. Based on my assumption that Cumberbatch was indeed playing the role, I noted my mixed feelings about it, feeling that he could certainly act the hell out of the part, but that it was altogether unnecessary for this leg of the franchise to resurrect Khan. Well, if recent news is anything to go by, it would appear that my concern is for naught.

While the current Star Trek braintrust from Abrams on down has played typically coy about the new movie's inner-workings, actor Simon "Scotty" Pegg left little room for doubt when he told the UK's Telegraph (as cited at TrekMovie) of Cumberbatch's role, "It’s not Khan...That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not.” I suppose Pegg's phrasing doesn't entirely leave out the possibility that Khan is still in the movie, albeit played by someone else, but I feel like that starts taking us into X-Files-Cancer Man territory where we're parsing every syllable of every word for some heretofore hidden meaning. I think in this case a spade's a spade. No Khan.

Now we can go back to not knowing anything about the movie, just like before.

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