4 November 2011 7:01 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Benicio del Toro has caught the keen eye of J.J. Abrams and could be well on his way to joining the director's next big project. If he gets it, he'll join some esteemed company.

Variety is reporting that Abrams has met with Benicio in regards to the villain role in the director's upcoming sequel Star Trek 2. Insiders have told Variety that Abrams did not reveal much about the character to keep him a secret, but has already decided that Benicio is the right man for the job. An official offer could be extended to Benicio as early as this weekend.

Abrams only recently committed to directing Star Trek 2 long after Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof began working on the story and screenplay. With the Enterprise crew lead by Chris Pine ready to return and a director in place, the time has come to start filling out »

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