Khan is IN (but Benicio Del Toro is OUT) as Star Trek 2's villain

Bad news is: Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman) is out of the running as Star Trek's next villain. Good news is: Khan Noonien Singh will be the Big Baddie Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will face in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Trek sequel.

The stunning news came in the wake of a cryptic statement Abrams recently made to HitFix, saying that Latino Review's claims that Del Toro had already been cast in the role made famous by the late, great Ricardo Montalban's manly pecs in the 1967 Star Trek classic episode ''Space Seed,'' and later again with great panache in 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, were "not true."

Vulture reports that negotiations with Del Toro actually fell through last Wednesday over a question of money. (Um, when is it not about that?)

They also heard "from a highly placed source" that it is indeed Khan who will be the Trek sequel's Big Baddie.

(Which makes us wonder if Chris Pine will have to practice The Shat's iconic ''Khhhannn'' scream ... But then again, since Abrams' films are now taking place in a new parallel-universe, alternate-reality thingy, the Khan Noonien Singh our brave new bold Capt. Kirk would meet would be the ''Space Seed'' Khan, not the Wrath of Khan Khan. But we digress.)

But what do you guys think? Are you disappointed or relieved that Benicio Del Toro is not going be in the Star Trek sequel? Are you excited that Khan now seems the likely villain chosen to face off against Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew? Who do you think Abrams should choose next (shooting's starting in January, so the man's gonna have to hurry)? And lastly—and we're just throwing it out there—do you think Peter Weller's recent addition to the cast of Trek 2 could have anything to do with this?

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