Earlier this month we heard that J.J. Abrams was talking with Benicio Del Toro about possibly starring as the villain in his Star Trek sequel. Details on which villain Del Toro would play haven’t been revealed, but in a recent interview Abrams said he’d “love it to be him”.
“Well, we’re just in negotiations, we’re in discussions. It’s not even negotiations — just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity.”
“It’s too early to talk about what the role is, but he’s such an amazing actor. He’s so versatile. He could sort of do anything. Except play Uhura, I wouldn’t buy that.”
“As soon as we know who it’s going to be—and I’d love it to be him—that’ll be public knowledge,”
Other than the 17th century drama Silence, which may or may not be Martin Scorsese’s next film, Benicio Del Toro isn’t attached to any other projects so scheduling-wise it could work out. Filming is set to begin in January so casting confirmations will likely announced over the upcoming weeks.
Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho are all expected to return. No release date has been set for the sequel, but it will probably hit sometime in 2013.