After the Star Trek: Countdown coming came out this week and confirmed that Robert April is in the movie, everyone thought that the deal was set. Cumberbatch is indeed playing a reverse-aging April. But along comes the Hollywood Reporter with apparent confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan:
Television’s Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has gotten into a bad-guy groove, playing Khan in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness and Smaug in the next Hobbit film.
So if he is playing Khan, then how does Robert April fit in? Well, we don’t know who Peter Weller (Robocop) is playing in the movie yet, only that he has some connection to Cumberbatch’s character. How’s this for a theory: Weller is playing Robert April and he finds the Botany Bay.