It’s sounding more and more like Star Trek: Beyond has a really good chance of being the best entry in the current run of Star Trek films, what with Simon Pegg serving as a co-writer and Justin Lin (Fast Five) in the director’s seat. Not to mention that Idris Elba, one of Hollywood’s coolest and most talented actors working today, has been cast as the film’s main villain.
While we still have no idea who Elba is playing, some recent comments from the actor suggest that the character will be unlike any other villain seen in the Star Trek universe:
“Simon [Pegg] and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character. You’ve never seen me play a character like this. … I think ’Star Trek’ has prided themselves as being quite classic when it comes to villains, like ’he’s a guy who wants to end the world,’ there’s no doubt about that. But in this version of the film, there’s a slightly different twist to that. It’s quite an interesting journey, which I think is groundbreaking for the franchise. But, it still keeps with the ’classic bad guy is a classic bad guy’ tone.”
While Elba’s comments are admittedly about as vague as can be, they are definitely tantalizing. It’s reassuring to hear that his unnamed villain will be a deeper character than we’ve seen thus far from the J.J. Abrams’ two Star Trek films and there’s also the hint that we’ve never seen this character before in the franchise.
Another interesting detail from that MTV interview is that Elba has been working “18-hour days” on the film’s set, suggesting that he could have some extensive make-up applications for the role. Whatever the reason, we can’t wait to see what Elba’s been up to in Star Trek: Beyond, which hits theaters July 22, 2016.