The Star Trek franchise is set to revisit some new and familiar territory in next year’s Star Trek Beyond. After J.J. Abrams kickstarted the property once again into new heights with the 2009 self-titled film, and 2013′s Star Trek: Into Darkness, the franchise is headed into a new era with Fast Five director Justin Lin stepping for Abrams at the helm, and Simon Pegg working on the film’s script.
The newest installment is set to recapture some of the discovery and themes established in the original films and series, and will hopefully pull die-hard fans back into the franchise after some had issues with Into Darkness. One of the most interesting and mysterious new additions to the film though rests with Idris Elba’s villain. Nothing is known about the character at this point, and while most theories point towards him being a new Klingon villain, nothing has been confirmed.
While recently speaking with MTV though, Elba revealed some new details about his character, and why he thinks he’ll help to take the franchise into some new, uncharted territory. Check out his full quote below:
“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.”
This is interesting because while Elba avoided revealing any identifying details or aspects of his character, he also managed to give fans a much clearer picture at the antagonist they might want to expect in the new film. Like some of Simon Pegg and co.’s comments have suggested that Beyond will be mixing both new and old aspects of the franchise, it looks like Elba is declaring the same thing with his character as well.
It sounds more and more like Star Trek Beyond is going to do its absolute best to please both new and veteran fans of the Star Trek property, and judging by what Elba said here, it looks like we’re going to see things we’ve never seen before in the Star Trek universe. Now we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope that it lives up to its promise.
Star Trek Beyond is set to hit theatres on July 22nd, 2016.
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