It's elementary, as the cast newbie confirmed today...
It's Benedict Cumberbatch, the delightfully named actor currently starring in BBC's Sherlock series, which airs in the States as part of PBS' Masterpiece. The actor confirmed that he'd been cast while speaking to TV writers at the TCAs in Pasadena, Calif.
In response to a reporter's question about Abrams "anointing him" for the Star Trek 2 role, Cumberbatch said.
"I'm hugely excited and very very flattered. I'm just getting my head round the fact that it's happening. I'm over the moon."
He added that he was "jumping around" after "confirming I'd been given the part."
Cumberbatch, who got the role after early rumors suggested Benicio Del Toro was up for it, has plenty to jump up and down about. As well as his updated Sherlock Holmes role, the actor is appearing onscreen in Steven Spielberg's War Horse and the latest adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.