CUMBERBATCH TO PLAY 'STAR TREK 2' VILLIAN
On the heels of his well-received turns in WAR HORSE and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Brit thesp Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK 2 Variety's Jeff Sneider reports. Cumberbatch landed the role that Edgar Ramirez had auditioned for last month. Cumberbatch joins fellow Brit newcomers Noel Clarke and Alice Eve, as well as Peter Weller. Paramount had no comment on the casting. J.J. Abrams will direct the intersteller sequel. The film is skedded for release on May 17, 2013. Cumberbatch has won a legion of fans for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series SHERLOCK.