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Aly Semigran
January 05, 2012 AT 05:12 PM EST

It’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will apparently star in all the movies from here on out. Cumberbatch, who was recently seen in both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and major Oscar contender War Horse, has reportedly joined the cast of another highly anticipated project. According to Variety, in addition to The Hobbit, the British Sherlock star will also be part of J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to his hit 2009 Star Trek reboot.

The actor has been reportedly been cast to play a villain in the still-untitled sequel. “I’m hugely excited and very very flattered,” Cumberbatch said today while promoting the next season of Sherlock Holmes at the TCA press tour today in Pasadena. “[I’m] over the moon.”

Cumberbatch joins Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller for the film, which is slated to hit theaters May 17, 2013.

Read more:

Benedict Cumberbatch joins ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Weller joins ‘Star Trek’ sequel

J.J. Abrams signs on to direct ‘Star Trek 2’

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