By Mack Chico
Javier Bardem is being talked about, across the online press spectrum, to play Khan in the new Star Trek sequel.
And the primary cast and filmmakers have already signed for at least two more movies, though that doesn’t necessarily guarantee they will get made.
Still, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from grinding away. If you can believe the conjecture, the main villain has already been chosen for the next movie, namely genetically enhanced, would-be universal conqueror Khan Noonien Singh.
(Ricardo Montalban played that role on the original “Trek” series episode “Space Seed,” as well as the 1982 movie spin-off, “The Wrath of Khan.”)
In fact there’s some speculation about who might step into Montalban’s shoes: Spanish actor Javier Bardem.
He’s already played one memorable villain role — hired killer Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men,” a performance for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.
But frankly, I’d prefer to see Bardem play a new character. Perhaps a Klingon opponent for Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk.