Benicio Del Toro Out, Peter Welller In ‘Star Trek 2’

Speaking of killer, Robocop’s Peter Weller has also joined Star Trek 2. But there’s not a lot of substance to that casting—in typical Abrams fashion, Weller’s role in the film has yet to be unveiled.  But still, isn’t this casting just great?  Honestly he’s perfect for the world of Star Trek, even if we don’t know what character he will exactly be playing.  Maybe it’s the face, but I sorta picture him as a Klingon.  Or better yet, Robocop.  Let’s just make him Robocop in Star Trek 2! That’s a good compromise, right?

But who cares about a really cool, badass actor getting a hopefully juicy part in what’s sure to be one of the finest action films of 2012.  Let’s talk about what could have been.  Yes, Trek fans, Benicio Del Toro has officially dropped out of Star Trek 2. Earlier last week, it was reported that Del Toro had been cast in the villainous role of Khan.  J.J Abrams himself denied that Del Toro was playing Khan, but confirmed his involvement.  Now, it seems he won’t be playing a role in the film AT ALL.

According to Vulture, “the deal actually went asunder last Wednesday after parties couldn’t come to terms over monetary issues.”  Vulture also reports that they’ve heard “from a highly placed source that Khan is indeed the film’s baddie.”  So yup—Latino Review instigated it, Hitfix denied it, and now Vulture seems to confirm it.  But even if Khan is the villain in the film, Del Toro won’t be the one bringing the role to life anyways.  And that’s the real takeaway here.

So random speculation; could Weller have gotten the role that Del Toro lost?  Sure, they’re almost exact opposites but hey, anything could happen.  Still, I hope the film can resolve its issues to still hit its release date on time.  Oh, and deliver a damn good movie.  I GUESS that’s important too.

Star Trek 2 opens May 17, 2013.

[Variety and Vulture]