An informant very close to the production of the next “Star Trek” movie has told Badass Online that they know who the villain in the film will definitely not be. It will not be Khan, famously portrayed by the great Ricardo Montalban. The source also says that it will definitely be a classic villain from the television series. As I’ve seen about six episodes of the TV show, my only guess would be the Tribbles. Something tells me that J.J. Abrams and company are not going to go that route.
I’m not the biggest “Star Trek” fan, but I think it’s safe to say that “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is by far the most superior of the film franchise, Abrams’ installment included. That is mostly due to the genius of Montalban. It’s such a classic villain performance. The sheer fact that Montalban out-overacts Shatner is fairly mind-blowing, as Shatner is perhaps the finest overacting actor of all time (other than Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman”).
In the end, it’s probably a great decision by the “Star Trek” team as they should keep things as fresh as possible, which is what made the new Trek so great. It didn’t seem like they were interested in rehashing the same old tired “Star Trek” bit. Sticking Khan in the next film would definitely do that.
The real tragedy in all this is that the killed off Eric Bana in the first one. I could have watched him be evil all day and night. What a great character and performance, even though you could barely tell it was him.