Khan, a Star Trek villain from the original TV series as well as the feature film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, was expected to be the central villain in Abrams's next film in the franchise.
However, Movie Web has allegedly received a report that the sequel will not feature the beloved villain. Instead, a different classic Star Trek character will be the focus of Abrams's next film.
"It's definitely a character that will make fans of (the original series) excited," said a source. "Think along the lines of Harry Mudd or Trelane or Gary Mitchell or the Talosians or the Horta. Actually it's one of those that I named."
Star Trek 2 is slated for a June 29, 2012 release.