Now that Benicio Del Toro has failed to reach a deal with Paramount and J.J. Abrams, the director is searching for a replacement villain, with “Carlos’s” Edgar Ramirez (below) and “Colombiana’s” Jordi Molla (left) in the mix, though Ramirez is said to be the frontrunner for the role.
Apparently finding the right actor to play the sequel’s villain is now a matter of some urgency, with production on Abrams’ untitled “Star Trek” film scheduled to start up in January for what is expected to be a whopping 6-month shoot. It’s urgent enough that Ramirez is said to be prepping for an audition via Skype sometime this week, which is, I have to say, a new one for me. Can you really tell if someone can act through Skype?
While no one is revealing who the two actors are testing for, let’s face it, it’s Khan. Isn’t it obvious by now? What does Del Toro, Ramirez, and Molla have in common? They’re all of Latin descent, just like Ricardo Montalban, who played the original Khan in 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. So if the villain isn’t Khan, then that’s one hell of a coincidence.
A decision, we’re told, should be made by the end of the month, possibly even this weekend.
Via : Variety