Ever since Idris Elba entered discussions to play an unspecified character in Paramount's Star Trek Beyond back in March, it was always rumored that he is playing the main villain. While we still don't know his character's name, actor/screenwriter Simon Pegg revealed earlier this year that Idris Elba is playing a brand new character who hasn't been established in any of the previous Star Trek movies or TV shows. While promoting his upcoming movie Beasts of No Nation, Idris Elba revealed to MTV that he has never played a character like this before.
"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."
Idris Elba confirmed in July that his unnamed character has a "confrontation" with Zachary Quinto's Spock, although Simon Pegg has confirmed that Idris Elba's character is not a Klingon. It's worth noting, though, that Simon Pegg stated numerous times that Benedict Cumberbatch was not Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, which is exactly who he was playing. Idris Elba essentially confirmed that he is the Star Trek Beyond villain, calling his character "groundbreaking."
"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. It's been hard work. I've been doing 18-hour days. It's tough work, but I'm looking forward to people seeing this film."
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), John Cho (Sulu) reprise their roles in this sequel, with new cast members including Sofia Boutella. Paramount recently shifted its release date from July 8, 2016 to July 22, 2016, which will give the sequel a better chance for an IMAX release. What do you think about these new details? Chime in with your thoughts and stay tuned for more on Star Trek Beyond as production continues.