Filming started this week on Star Trek 12, aka the second Star Trek featuring the newer, younger, prettier cast. The internet has been rife with speculation. Most of the chatter centers around the unsubstantiated rumour that the film's villain will be Khan Noonien Singh. This idea caught hold when Benicio Del Toro was linked to the project. He's since dropped out, and Benedict Cumberbatch was hired on.
Before I watched the UK tv show Sherlock, I'd seen Cumberbatch's name and photo in magazines and online and I thought he looked...erm...well, a bit odd, truthfully. Now that I've seen that show I still think he's odd, but he's also brilliant and sexy in a "post (really fabulous) coitus, I'll sit up all night and watch you sleep," emotionally-distant kind of way. So while I'm excited that he's going to be in the movie, I just don't see him carrying off the role of viciously brilliant Khan. I suspect Cumberbatch is really an alien, so I want him to play an Andorian.
Another name linked to the film is Alice Eve, who I had never heard of before last week. I'm going to predict that her character's role was initially called, "the hot -- but naive -- girl who Kirk sleeps with and who will tragically die in Act 3."
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Have you seen this?
It's so awesome. Five words. One image. Four pop-culture franchises. Millions of nerds doubled over with laughter.
Long live the internet!