Khan roulette (from left): Ricardo Montalbán, Benicio del Toro, Benedict Cumberbatch (Everett/Getty/Paramount)
When J.J. Abrams started casting the villain role for "Star Trek Into Darkness," he was looking almost exclusively at actors of Latin descent.
Why you ask?
Well, Abrams himself admitted early in the film's development that he was thinking seriously about adding to the mix Khan Noonien Singh – aka the guy who royally ticks off Captain Kirk in the 1982 film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." In it, Khan is played by a Spanish actor who grew up in Mexico -- the late Ricardo Montalbán – also known for his leading role in the long-running '70s and '80s television show "Fantasy Island."Read More »from ‘Star Trek’ Villain Revealed: What’s His Secret and Who Almost Played Him (Spoiler!)