Dev Patel Eyed for Title Role in Khan-Centered ‘Star Trek’ Series
Casting is currently underway for a Star Trek series centered around Khan. I have heard that actor Dev Patel is eyed for the role.
In a now-removed article, Geek Exchange revealed that Nicholas Meyer was working on a limited Star Trek series titled “Ceti Alpha V” that takes place before the Wrath of Khan movie. Meyer’s series would reportedly take place after the events of Star Trek Original Series episode “Space Seed,” where Kirk drops Khan and his crew off on the planet Ceti Alpha V to start their own colony. Unfortunately, development on the series reportedly got halted due to legal problems between Paramount and CBS, which both own the Star Trek IP together. Viacom (Paramount) and CBS have recently completed their merger into ViacomCBS, which means that the Ceti Alpha V series could return. I revealed a month or so ago that this Khan series is back into development. The series is set to be produced by the production studio behind the upcoming Vikings: Valhalla spin-off series on Netflix. I have now heard that CBS is moving forward with their plans for a Khan series, and it looks like it will be a reworked version of the previously mentioned Ceti Alpha V project, which was originally set to be developed by Nicholas Meyer.
Khan Noonien Singh was an extremely intelligent and dangerous superhuman. He was the most prominent of the genetically-engineered Human Augments of the late-20th century Eugenics Wars period on Earth. Khan was first portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in the Space Seed episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. He has also been the main antagonist of the Star Trek: Into Darkness movie, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Khan is set to make his next appearance in his own solo series on Paramount+, and It looks like ViacomCBS has finally started looking for their next Khan!
The character is set to be played by an actor from Indian descent. Auditions are currently underway, with Indian actors being asked to audition. Even though auditions are currently being held, the studio is also looking at a specific actor for the role: Dev Patel. Dev Patel is an English actor who made his debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two series of the British television teen drama Skins. His breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle’s drama Slumdog Millionaire, for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
The Khan series is currently set to start production sometime 2021. Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 is currently airing, with Star Trek: Discovery season 3 being planned to air next, as it is currently set to premiere on the 16th of October. Production on the fourth season of Discovery has already begun.