J.J. Abrams on Recasting Khan in "Star Trek" Sequel

J.J. Abrams on Recasting Khan in "Star Trek" Sequel

Famous director J.J. Abrams talks about the possibility of bringing his image of Khan in the Star Trek sequel

With the reboot of "Star Trek," many would say he either nailed the cast replacements of members aboard Enterprise correctly and others may say he did not. Although the original Spock from the television series appeared as future Spock in the film, William Shatner didn't make any appearance. The appearance of Spock was accepted by old fans of the series as well as new followers to "Star Trek."

J.J. Abrams is left with another decision on someone known rather well in Star Trek. How would fans feel about Abrams bringing back the villain Khan for future installments?

MTV News had the pleasure of addressing the matter with the famous director during an interview. Bringing the character to life wouldn't be anymore difficult than replacing Chris Pine in the role made famous by William Shatner.

"I think one of the byproducts of doing this movie was we were able to dispel the obvious and understandable concerns—how can 'Star Trek' possibly exist without those original cast members? Now that we are in a parallel existence with what fans of the original series love so much, we could introduce any number of characters, settings, references and situations that the original series introduced. Dealing with Khan would certainly be a challenge, but we had an equal challenge in finding our crew of the Enterprise."

With stories on the rise for the future sequels, Abrams and the writers responsible don't simply want a knock-off of the original television series or old movies if they were to bring back Khan's character.

"While I don’t want to approach the second film as a remake of episodes we’ve seen in the past... nothing is off limits in terms of what we’re discussing," he said. "When Bob Orci and the others who know 'Trek' so well, the fun of working with them is they know this universe so deeply they’re the ones who are always considering what it means to deal with the stuff in the past, so it’ll be exciting," Abrams said.

Whispers68: So, should Khan be brought back in the sequel or should the director take on another villain?
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