Is Benedict Cumberbatch's role in 'Star Trek 2' revealed?

The villain role played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Star Trek sequel may have just been revealed, in fact it probably is. There are some additional spoiler-y bits after the jump that include cameos and alien races that could be featured in the sequel. And, as always, nothing is confirmed, but you can file these rumors under, as Collider puts it, “extremely likely.” Hit the jump to get spoiled!

Ready now? TrekMovie has reportedly confirmed the rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous role is none other than Khan, the genetically engineered space tyrant. Originally played by Ricardo Montalban, Khan was rumored to be the sequel’s villain when Abrams was auditioning Latino talents like Benicio del Toro; the role ultimately went to Cumberbatch after a “very powerful audition.” The site also reports that although Khan will be the antagonist in the sequel, the plot will not revolve around the original Star Trek series episode, “Space Seed,” where Starfleet first encountered Khan.

The other minor spoilers in the film include the return of Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime, a fact that the actor himself revealed during an interview with CNN and a recent tweet. Nimoy’s work for the film is reportedly complete, which will make Star Trek 2 his eighth film appearance in the series which puts William Shatner in second with seven. Lastly, the Klingons might be making an appearance in the Star Trek sequel. The adversaries were left on the cutting room floor in the original, but are reportedly too vital to the storyline to be left behind this time. Star Trek 2 is currently on schedule to finish up shoots in Northern California, having wrapped in Southern California and on stages. Check back shortly for rumor confirmation. I can't help to wonder if we'll be seeing captain Kirk yelling Khan's name in space!

The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke. Star Trek 2 opens May 17, 2013. Leave a comment below and give us you thoughts by commenting below.