Brit Actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s Coming American Invasion

The reboot of Star Trek was an enormous critical and commercial success. Director J.J. Abrams epic retelling of the beloved television series caught the imagination of old and new fans alike. When a sequel was announced, rumors immediately started swirling: where would the crew of the Enterprise travel next? Would the sequel live up to the original? And, perhaps most importantly, who would play the villain?

The answer to the last question has come in the form of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch first gained notice from American audiences for his role in the award-winning film Atonement alongside Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. He is currently starring in the critically acclaimed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with such heavyweights as Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. He is also starring in Steven Speilberg’s epic War Horse.

But Cumberbatch’s most famous role so far, however, has been on the small screen. His performance as the title character in the BBC’s update of Sherlock Holmes has earned him fans on both sides of the ocean. He’s been nominated for a National Television award and a BAFTA for his portrayal of the brilliant, iconic sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock’s second season is scheduled to air in America on PBS in May, and a third season has just been confirmed.

But most American audiences will meet Cumberbatch for the first time in a decidedly different role. Using motion-capture effects, the actor will be playing the malevolent dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He will be acting once again alongside his Sherlock costar Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in the highly anticipated prequel to Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As with all of J.J. Abram’s projects, the Star Trek sequel is shrouded in mystery. While sources have confirmed that Cumberbatch will be the lead villain, any idea of who that villain may be is purely hypothetical. For a while it was rumored that Captain Kirk (played by Chris Pine) would face off once again against Khan, one of his most memorable enemies from the original series. However, Abrams and crew have been quick to dispel this rumor, saying that the cast will be fighting a totally original character.

Fans will have to wait until May of 2013, when Star Trek 2 is slated for release, to find out exactly what Abrams has in store for them. The entire cast from the 2009 film is returning, including Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy and Zoe Saldana as Uhura.

This sequel has a lot to live up to. Not only was the original reboot a major hit that managed to satisfy ultra-critical Star Trek fans, it created a whole new generation eager to boldly go where no one has gone before. But with the original cast ready to suit up for more adventures and the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch, it looks as if fans of the franchise are in for a cinematic experience they won’t soon forget.

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