Benicio Del Toro reportedly offered “Star Trek 2″ villain role

Benicio Del Toro reportedly offered “Star Trek 2″ villain role (photo)

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J.J. Abrams might have taken a long time committing to “Star Trek 2,” but now that he’s on board he’s not wasting any time in the development process. The majority of the original players — Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana — are back on board for the planned sequel, and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are busy writing away on the script. But there’s just one thing the follow-up needs: a villain.

According to Variety, Abrams might have that covered. Apparently the “Lost” creator is planning on offering the villain role to Benicio Del Toro. The only thing is, in an attempt at keeping the role a secret, he’s hasn’t told Del Toro what the role is yet.

It’s a fair assumption that Del Toro could be playing Khan in the sequel. Mexican actor Ricardo Montalbán originated the role, and with Del Toro being Puerto Rican born it would be a good fit. But Abrams could also chose to go the route he did in the first film and have Del Toro play a character unique to his “Trek” universe. Only time — and the people involved — will tell.

“Star Trek 2″ was originally supposed to be released this upcoming summer, but with the delay getting Abrams in the director’s seat, it likely won’t be hitting theaters until some time in 2013.

Do you think Del Toro will be a good villain for the movie? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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J.J. Abrams’ “Micronauts” movie adds “Zombieland” writers

J.J. Abrams’ “Micronauts” movie adds “Zombieland” writers (photo)

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J.J. Abrams‘ attempt at adapting a toy line for the big screen has finally found its writers. His interest in adapting Hasbro’s action figures Micronauts into a feature film was first announced back in 2009, but now it seems like production is finally ready to head in front of the camera. Deadline has the news that “Zombieland” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been hired by Paramount and Abrams to pen the script’s first draft.

Paramount only recently acquired the toy property from Hasbro, despite the fact Abrams has been sitting on it for two years. Wernick and Reese are no strangers to adapting toy franchises for the big screen. They also wrote the screenplay for “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation,” which is currently in production. The writing duo is also responsible for Fox’s X-Men spin-off “Deadpool.”

The Micronauts toy line was introduced to American audiences in 1976. Though the characters had imaginative names like Acroyear, Time Traveler and Baron Karza, they were never given any sort of backstory of explanations. Marvel released a Micronauts comic book series in 1979, which ran until 1984 and included a team-up with the X-Men. Devil’s Due Publishing released a reboot of the series in 2003 that lasted for 12 issues.

It’s unclear whether Wernick and Reese will base their Micronauts film off of these previously created properties, or launch their own storyline. Abrams has proved that he is capable of handling a big budget sci-fi property like this in this year’s “Super 8,” as well as in 2009’s “Star Trek.” He is currently working on pre-production for “Star Trek 2,” and is showrunning several shows on television.

Are you interested in seeing what Abrams, Wernick and Reese can do with Micronauts? Tell us in the comments section below or share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

J.J. Abrams gears up for untitled mystery adventure

J.J. Abrams gears up for untitled mystery adventure (photo)

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New J.J. Abrams projects come about as regularly as the new week nowadays, and here’s another one for the pile. Word has it that the writer/director/producer/showrunner/clone-of-a-clone-of-a-clone has yet another movie up his sleeve that teams him with screenwriter Billy Ray, who is best known for “State of Play” and “Flightplan.” Deadline has learned that the movie will be a mystery adventure, which pretty much classifies every project Abrams has ever done (other than his random assortment of romcoms, of course).

This news comes shortly after the confirmation that Abrams will in fact be directing “Star Trek 2.” In addition to that commitment, Abrams is also producing “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and showrunning new TV series’ “Person of Interest” and “Alcatraz,” as well as his old staple “Fringe.” And that’s still not including his attachment to the untitled “Cloverfield” sequel, an alleged “Seven Minutes In Heaven” movie and his planned book project. Seriously, the man must have clones to get all this work done. It’s the only explanation.

Ray is a pretty hot commodity in Hollywood right now as well. He is currently revising the Channing Tatum vehicle “Pan,” which is a retelling of the classic Peter Pan story, adapted “A Captain’s Duty” for Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks and wrote a remake of “The Secret In Their Eyes” that he will also direct. Most importantly, Ray is the man responsible for the long-in-gestation “24” film that Kiefer Sutherland is confident is still on its way.

Are you intrigued by a collaboration between Abrams and Ray? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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