Benicio Del Toro Is “Star Trek 2” Villain?

Benicio Del Toro is expected to be offered, possibly as early as this weekend, the role of the lead villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel at Paramount and Skydance reports Variety.

Del Toro has reportedly met with Abrams but, in an effort to keep the role a secret, still doesn’t know exactly what it is. The studio has no comment on the casting process.

Shooting on the much anticipated sequel is expected to start early 2012.