Cumberbatch, Clarke Join “Star Trek 2”

J.J. Abrams is filling out his “Star Trek” sequel cast with some more Brits.

Variety reports that the ever rising Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC’s “Sherlock”, has scored the role of the villain in the film.

Cumberbatch beat out Edgar Ramirez who auditioned for the part last month. So much for those theories about the return of ‘Khan’ it would seem.

It’s the latest high for Cumberbatch who has given scene-stealing supporting performances in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse”, and has dual mo-cap roles in the upcoming “The Hobbit” films.

Meanwhile former “Doctor Who” regular Noel Clarke has also joined the cast in a smaller role. Clarke’s character is said to be that of “a family man with a wife and young daughter”.