Benedict Cumberbatch joins Star Trek 2

2012-01-05 16:41

Los Angeles - Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke have signed up to star in Star Trek 2.

The British stars are the latest in a number of new castings in the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel - to be directed by JJ Abrams - with Benedict set to take on the lead villain role initially planned for Benicio Del Toro.

It is still not known who that baddie will be, but Noel has been cast to be a family man who has a wife and a young daughter, Variety reports.

Oscar contender

Sex and the City 2 actress Alice Eve and Peter Weller are the other known additions to the cast of the sequel to the 2009 movie starring Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Vulcan Commander Spock.

Benedict's fame is on the rise - following his work on UK TV show Sherlock, he also took supporting roles in both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, both of which are considered strong Oscar contenders.

Star Trek 2 - also starring Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg - is expected to begin shooting in January ahead of a release on May 17 2013.