The Enterprise crew will have to contend with more than just a villainous Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness, as director JJ Abrams has revealed that the Klingons are also to appear in the sci-fi sequel in an “adversarial” capacity.
Abrams had planned to include the Klingons in his 2009 Star Trek reboot, but said they ended up being cut from the movie.
“We had shot some stuff that had Klingons, and we cut the scene,” he said. “It’s a deleted scene on the DVD, but they’re back in this [new] one.
“Their role in this is definitely adversarial and you'll see how that plays out,” he told MTV News.
Back in June 2012, a Klingon was spotted behind Abrams on a monitor at the MTV Movie Awards, which sources at the time insisted “was not an accident.”
The Klingons first appeared in Star Trek's original 1960s series and have since played a part in all five of the sci-fi drama’s TV spin-offs and eight movies.
The aliens have not always been cast as enemies. Klingon Starfleet officer Worf appeared as a main character in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
Actor Michael Dorn, who played Worf in both series, recently revealed that he’s working on a Next Generation spin-off about the character, so the Klingons may also make a return to TV following their appearance in Into Darkness.
Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Alice Eve, and is slated for release in the UK on Friday 17 May.