It has been announced that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the upcoming sequel to J. J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film.

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He might currently be making headlines in his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s popular Sherlock series, but it seems that he could soon be headed for Hollywood. The actor has reportedly been cast in the role of Star Trek 2‘s villain – a role which was once rumoured to have been reserves for Puerto Rican actor, Benicio Del Toro.

Whilst details of the character he will play are currently unknown, this could be the breakthrough role for Cumberbatch. The actor had previously tended to star in British dramas, such as Atonement, and last year’s hit tale of espionage, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. However, he has also recently landed a motion capture role of Smaug in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, which could be another sign that the actor is well on his way to international stardom.

Also making the leap from the Beeb to the big screen is former Doctor Who co-companion, Noel Clarke. Again, little is known about the exact details of his role in the Star Trek sequel, but Clarke is thought to be playing “a family man with a wife and young daughter” – something a little different to the film roles we are used to seeing him play in the likes of Kidulthood, Adulthood and 4.3.2.1.

Many of the first film’s main cast member have already signed on for the sequel, as well as a third film, so we can expect to see Chris Pine reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk, whilst Zachary Quinto will return in the role of Spock, Zoe Saldana is back as Uhura and Simon Pegg will once again appear as Scotty.

Star Trek 2 will hit US cinemas on 17th May 2013, and a UK release date is yet to be confirmed.

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