Idris Elba In Talks to Play the Mysterious 'Star Trek 3' Villain

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:03 Written by  iamrogue
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Idris Elba In Talks to Play the Mysterious 'Star Trek 3' Villain

Between Eric Bana and Benedict Cumberbatch, the rebooted Star Trek franchise hasn't been hurting for charismatic actors with real chops as the villains.

For Star Trek 3, director Justin Lin is doubling down: Idris Elba is in early talks to play the bad guy in the third rejiggered adventure of the USS Enterprise.

Elba, who will always be Stringer Bell of The Wire to me, is a fan-favorite and a hell of an actor, and his BBC series Luther illustrates with aplomb.  When he's not earning acclaim for performances like Mandela and the upcoming Beasts of No Nation, he's lending support to geek-friendly blockbusters like Pacific Rim, Thor, Prometheus, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The silky smooth British actor is adding yet another geeky feather to his cap.  According to Variety, Elba's been tapped to face off against Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), and the rest of the bridge crew in Star Trek 3.

Virtually nothing is known about his character, however.  In an speculative leap that might have a whiff of racial presumption about it, the first thought of many has been that he's in talks to play a Klingon. 

That does seem to be the way the series has been heading, though, giving just a pinch more Klingon action each time. Given how the 2009 reboot Star Trek and 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness danced around major Klingon involvement in the story, it's hard not to hope that Elba might slap on some forehead ridges and swing a bat'leth as a formidable Klingon.

Star Trek 3 has been on a new creative course over the last few months, with Fast & Furious 3-6 helmer Justin Lin taking over for Roberto Orci.  Orci's screenplay was also jettisoned into the cold vacuum of space, so Scotty himself Simon Pegg is currently overhauling the script alongside Doug Jung.

In a new interview with Collider, Pegg explained how he ended up overhauling the next Star Trek. "Me and Bryan Burk, who’s one of the producers at Bad Robot, have worked together on a bunch of stuff. We were sitting around, talking about the direction the next film was gonna go in. They were thinking, 'Maybe we should go back to the drawing board, a little bit, with the screenplay.'"

"Bryan and I would just sit around and talk, and we’d get excited. And then, Bryan was like, 'Do you want to write it then?' It was a difficult decision," he continues. "I hemmed and hawed about it, a little bit, because it felt like a big responsibility. I owe J.J. [Abrams] and Bryan an awful amount. I love those guys. I want to do right by them, so I felt like I should man up and do it."

With a July 8, 2016 release date getting closer every day, Pegg says the script has to be finished by "Come hell or high water, June. I’m busy writing it. It’s an ongoing thing. I’m sure we’ll be finessing it, right through the shoot. You never really, truly start writing a movie until the edit."

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