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Edgar Ramirez emerges as front-runner for Star Trek 2 villain

Edgar Ramirez

Story by Jack Foley

EDGAR Ramirez has emerged as the new front-runner to play the villain in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.

According to Variety, the Carlos star is being eyed as the perfect replacement for Benicio Del Toro.

No offer has been made, according to sources quoted by the trade publication, and another actor, Jordi Molla, is also in the frame.

But Ramirez was expected to test for the role via Skype this week as Abrams looks to lock down his cast before production commences on the keenly-anticipated sequel soon.

If successful, Ramirez could commit to a six-month shoot from January until June 2012, with the film itself currently scheduled for release in the US on May 17, 2013.

Abrams will once again direct with former cast members Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto both confirmed to return along with new additions Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

The script is being written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, Abrams’ regular collaborators.

Abrams’ determination to cast an actor of Latin descent in the villain’s role has led many to predict that the bad guy in question will take the form of Khan – although Paramount did deny this was the case when Del Toro was still in the frame.

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