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Edgar Ramirez & Jordi Molla In The Mix To Replace Benicio Del Toro In 'Star Trek 2' As Khan/Not Khan

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 7, 2011 5:28 PM
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Edgar Ramirez & Jordi Molla

So much Khan drama, and it turns out Benicio Del Toro isn't in the damn thing, but J.J. Abrams continues to search for his villain for "Star Trek 2" (maybe it's like, Khan's cousin?!) and two names are rising up.

Variety reports that "Carlos" star Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Molla that guy from "Colombiana" (and a bunch of other movies you've seen from "Bad Boys 2" to "Che" to "Knight & Day") are in the mix to take over the part. Apparently, Ramirez is the frontrunner and will have the unenviable task of auditoning via Skype today or tomorrow. The bottom line is, Abrams needs to make a decision soon as his mega 3D sequel begins a six month shoot in January. For Ramirez, winning the part will continue his gradual post-"Carlos" ascent in Hollywood which kicks off with a part in "Wrath Of The Titans" opening next spring. For Molla it will be a career boost from being "that guy" to being a dude hounded at Comic-Con next year.

So far, the only new cast members are Alice Eve in an unspecified role, and Peter Weller who Slashfilm have dug up will be playing a C.E.O. of some kind. Probably an evil one. When was the last time you met a benevolent CEO in a big budget movie?

The Enterprise will land in theaters on Earth on May 17, 2013.

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  • wray | December 8, 2011 8:50 AMReply

    Molla would be the best choice. He was great in "Blow".

  • Mike | December 8, 2011 1:11 AMReply

    Eric Bana was a great choice last time around, & Edgar Ramirez would continue in that vein. I am sad that del Toro didn't work out though, it's high time he had a big project with this kind of talent again.

  • Tom Franks | December 7, 2011 5:42 PMReply

    It is unfortunately looking more likely that Khan Noonien Singh is the main villain since Spanish or Latin American actors seem to be the only contenders for the role.
    They should use a new villain (for example, the Orion Syndicate who are the mafia of the Star Trek universe) and cast a famous actor.

  • guest | December 7, 2011 8:53 PM

    That's exactly what I'm thinking. They seem to be ONLY considering actors with Spanish/Latin ancestry. It's not hard to see guess which villain they are aiming for. Way to be obvious.

  • buntyhoven | December 7, 2011 5:37 PMReply

    Ooh, Ramirez would be good. Although it's hard to see what these two actors have in common, besides Spanish ancestry. Molla's all over-the-top lunacy; Ramirez more brooding intensity.

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