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Strange New Worlds producer confirms Kahn connection – The Hollywood Reporter

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The showrunner of the next Paramount+ StarTrek: Strange new worlds confirmed fan speculation that there is a significant connection to the franchise’s biggest villain in the new series.

Previously, actress Christina Chong was announced as playing a series regular named La’an Noonien-Singh in the series. Fans know that Captain Kirk’s superhuman enemy Khan was called Khan Noonien Singh. During Tuesday’s Television Critics Association panel, co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman was asked if it’s fair to assume this new character is related to the infamous Khan.

“She’s related to Khan, for sure, and, uh, and the thing will work out -” Goldsman said before pausing. “We don’t want to bring people on the show to be splashy. We want to deepen the characters that are part of our set and then obviously we are open. … But right now, what you see is what you get.

While this comment is a little cautious, it hints that Khan will eventually make an appearance, but not until the current cast is established (at the end of the first season finale, for example, would be in line with the kind of revelations this sister series Star Trek: Discovery did previously).

Strange new worlds is a direct prequel to the original star trek series, who first introduced the character, so the timeline pretty much works.

Khan was played by set-chewing Ricardo Montalbán, most remembered in 1982 Star Trek: Wrath of Khan. The character was also played by Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness.

Strange new worlds follows Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) as he leads the USS Enterprise in the years before Captain Kirk. The show is billed as a throwback to the classic planet-week space exploration format from the original. star trek series. It also stars Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers are co-showrunners of the CBS Studios series.

Strange new worlds begins May 5 on Paramount+.