Star Trek 2: “It’s not Khan” says Simon Pegg – but does he mean Benedict Cumberbatch’s role or the film itself?

The Sherlock actor is not playing “just another disgruntled alien” says his co-star

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in the upcoming Star Trek sequel is “not just another disgruntled alien,” says his co-star Simon Pegg.

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“It’s a really interesting sort of thing… [but] obviously I can’t talk about it,” said Pegg, who reprises his role as ship’s engineer Scotty in the film. 

It’s been widely accepted for a while now that Sherlock star Cumberbatch will be playing Kirk’s nemesis Khan in the second instalment in JJ Abrams’s reboot. But an interview with Pegg has now once again cast doubt on that.

“It’s not Khan,” Pegg told The Telegraph, “That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not.” What’s unclear is whether he’s referring specifically to Cumberbatch’s character or simply saying that the film itself is not a rehash of the original Star Trek 2 – The Wrath of Khan.

Or perhaps Pegg’s antipathy for spoilers has prompted him to deliberately try to cloud the issue… 

“It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them,” he said. “It just spoils the film… 

“It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it’s just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, ‘Oh f**k off! Wait for the film!’”

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The as-yet-untitled Star Trek sequel is due for release on 17 May 2013.