Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock, will be the new baddie in sequel film Star Trek 2.
Fellow British actor Noel Clarke has also signed up to star in Star Trek 2 - the sci-fi sequel which will be directed by J.J. Abrams.
Cumberbatch is poised to take on the lead villain role that was reportedly discussed first with Benicio Del Toro, Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Mollà.
London-born Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, 35, is presently in Sherlock and has also featured in supporting roles in both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, both of which are Oscar-contenders. Cumberbatch is also set to take roles in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, voicing the characters of Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer.
Star Trek 2 - also starring Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg - will begin shooting in the next two months ahead of a release in May 2013. Sex and the City 2 actress Alice Eve will also be in the cast of the sequel to the 2009 film, which starred Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Vulcan Commander Spock