‘Star Trek’ Sequel Nabs ‘War Horse’ Actor Benedict Cumberbatch

The British actor will play a lead role in J.J. Abrams’ 3D film

Last Updated: January 4, 2012 @ 7:18 PM

The "Star Trek" sequel has added another major castmember: Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in a lead role, TheWrap has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Paramount would not confirm which role Cumberbatch will play.

In addition to "War Horse," Cumberbatch's resume includes "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Atonement." He is also voicing multiple characters in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

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The principal castmembers of the 2009 hit "Star Trek" are due to return for J.J. Abrams' 3D sequel, which is still untitled. They include Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Alice Eve has also been cast in the movie.

In November, Paramount Pictures bumped the release date for "Star Trek 2" from June 29, 2012, to May 17, 2013.

The 2009 "Star Trek" grossed $257.7 million domestically and $127.9 million internationally. It had a budget estimated at $150 million.

Cumberbatch is represented by UTA and John Grant at U.K.-based Conway Vangelder Grant.

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