"Star Trek 3" may have found its villain.
“Beasts of No Nation” star Idris Elba is in early talks to appear in the sequel, according to Variety. Rumors point to a possible Klingon role for Elba since the notorious Federation antagonists could play a larger part in the film. However, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions had no comment.
Elba's acting credits also include “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Jungle Book,” “A Hundred Streets” and “Bastille Day.”
"Star Trek 3” will kick off production in June with The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin at the helm. Bryan Burke, David Ellison and J.J. Abrams will produce the film, which is slated to open in theaters July 8, 2016, in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.
Simon Pegg, who played engineering officer Scotty in Abrams' last two Star Trek films, is co-writing the film with "Dark Blue" creator Doug Jung.
Although details on the sequel remain slim, Pegg recently teased that he intends to give a serious nod to the original "Star Trek" series.
"Obviously, I always treat things with respect," Pegg told Collider. "I have to abide by certain rules and do right by the original series, and not be too post-modern with it and not be too aware of itself. I have to try to take on the spirit of the show, rather than fill it with stuff that people will just go, 'Oh, yeah, that’s from episode something or other.' It’s more than that."
He promises a finished script by June "come hell or high water."
Pegg's previous writing credits include "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World’s End" and "Run, Fatboy, Run."
See more of Pegg's interview at Collider.
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