Idris Elba Could Play the Villain in ‘Star Trek 3’

By March 25, 2015

While details have been relatively scarce on the next Star Trek film for a while now, we may now have an idea of who will be facing off against the crew of the Enterprise.

According to Variety, actor Idris Elba is reportedly in discussions to take on the role of the villain in the new film. Elba, who is no stranger to big budget genre film having played Asgard’s watcher Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would certainly be a good fit for the template of villain established in 2013 by Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness, where he played legendary Star Trek adversary Khan Noonien Singh.

While story details are even rarer surrounding the third new Star Trek film, we can certainly infer that Elba will be portraying a major presence that the crew encounters on their historic five-year mission of exploration into deep space: a mission that the characters were taking on in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” and the one that they started at the very end of Into Darkness. Previously, actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) was rumored to be taking on a villainous role, but it’s not currently known whether or not he is involved.

The upcoming film will be the first in the relaunched series not to be directed by J.J. Abrams, who is currently busy in post-production on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Instead, the new film will be directed by Justin Lin, a veteran of the Fast & Furious franchise as well as smaller pieces like episodes of “Community.” All seven cast members making up the Enterprise‘s senior officers are slated to return in the new film, including Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Karl Urban as Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov.

Star Trek 3 is currently slated to begin production next month for a summer 2016 release, which will coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. For more information on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
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