Being that Star Trek is one of the franchises that I consider sacrosanct, I go well out of my way to avoid anything that could be considered spoiler material for JJ Abrams’ next Star Trek film. I didn’t go in knowing anything more than what was included in the prequel comic book (which was a very satisfying read), and I was a better fan for it.
I’ve been doing my best, but earlier this year Trek Movie and Latino Review confirmed that the villain in Star Trek II would be none other than Khan Noonien Singh. What made that announcement even more controversial was that the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch would be reprising the role made iconic by Ricardo Montalban.
And now, the great Simon Pegg has weighed in on the controversy stating
It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them.
I like Simon Pegg. I like him a lot, and he garners a certain amount of respect in the new found geek culture because in the end of the day … he’s really a regular guy who got lucky. I find him to be endlessly appealing, and very honest when it comes to the creative choices that he makes. If you doubt that, I urge you to pick up a copy of his book, Nerd Do Well.
So I’ll stake my claim on Pegg, if it were anyone else within the production I’d shake it off. With Pegg making this statement, he has a lot riding on such a declaration. He has a very loyal and passionate fan base that would hang him out to dry if he had been cooped by the studios public relations machine.