Idris Elba Has Been Confirmed for ‘Star Trek Beyond’

By July 14, 2015

Although it’s been rumored for a while now, we’ve never actually received full-on confirmation that actor Idris Elba has been cast for a role in Star Trek Beyond, the third new Star Trek film that acts as a sequel to 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Now, though, we seem to have gotten it.

In a new video from Omaze promoting a charitable auction to win a walk-on role in the upcoming film, Elba appears alongside every other principle cast member — Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin — on the bridge of the Enterprise. See the video below.

While it’s not currently known what character the British actor will be playing, rumors persist that he will be the film’s primary villain. Still, though, we don’t know if the villain will be an existing character from the Star Trek canon, or a new creation for the film, or even if he will be human, a familiar Star Trek alien species, or from an entirely new alien race that the film may create. The end of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness had placed the crew of the Enterprise at the beginning of an historic five-year mission: the same type and duration of mission that the crew embarked upon during the original “Star Trek” TV series from 1966-69. This likely means that the crew will be truly sailing into the unknown, and that likely also means that they will be confronted with unknown dangers.

Star Trek Beyond will be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, “True Detective”) from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, and will be released next year to coincide with the Star Trek franchise’s 50th anniversary. For more on the film as it continues to take shape, keep your sensors locked on GeekNation.

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