Edgar Ramirez frontrunner for Star Trek 2 villain

With Benicio Del Toro and Paramount unable to come to an agreement over money the studio and J.J Abrams are moving to fill the villain role in Star trek 2 before shooting begins next month. According to Variety Carlos actor Edgar Ramirez is the frontrunner, with Colombiana‘s Jordi Molla also in the mix.

The line-up of Latino/Hispanic actors being considered seems to confirm that the genetically engineered superhuman Khan will be the villain, as Ricardo Montalban, who famously took on the role in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, was also Hispanic. Paramount have yet to confirm it, but it’s likely to be the case.

Shooting will take begin in January and finish in June. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho are all returning, along with new additions Alice Eve and Peter Weller. The sequel will be released by Paramount on May 17th, 2013.