Two Brits Land Major Roles in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel

Star Trek LogoThe “Trek” sequel is getting mighty British of late. Previously, British lovely Alice Eve was cast in the movie, and now she can add two of her fellow countrymen “castmembers”.

British actors Benedict Cumberbatch (with a name like that, you just KNOW he has to be British) and writer/director/actor Noel Clarke have both landed undisclosed roles in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel.

Clarke is said to be playing “a family man with a wife and young daughter.” Well, that beats playing a single guy with no wife and young daughter, I guess.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch is said to be playing the film’s villain. In fact, Cumberbatch’s villain is said to be the same role that Edgar Ramirez recently auditioned for. Which is weird, because I think most people always assumed Ramirez was auditioning to replace Benicio Del Toro as Khan, who has long been rumored to be the sequel’s chief villain. But Cumberbatch sure doesn’t look very “Khan”-ish. I mean, make-up can only do so much, right? (That’s Cumberbatch to the right of the pic below, by the way).

In any case, Clarke is best known to British movie watchers as an actor, as well as the writer/director of “” and “Kidulthood”. Cumberbatch, of course, is famous for playing Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s rebooted “Sherlock” TV series, currently in its second season. Or, er, series, as they call it Across the Pond. He was also recently in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”. And no, he was not the horse.

Abrams’ untitled “Star Trek” sequel, meanwhile, is scheduled to go into warp May 17, 2013.

Noel Clarke and Benedict Cumberbatch