Idris Elba Talks His ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Villain Role & the Impact It’ll Have on the Franchise

If there is at least one stable element to the entire Star Trek franchise, its its ability to always give us fans some great and classic villains. From Khan to Eric Bana’s Nero and even Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan, the franchise has a plethora of great bad guys. So when the news dropped that Idris Elba would be the next actor to take up the mantle, it’s safe to say that fans were very excited. But according to Elba himself, his character could be a new mark for the franchise.

Image of 'Star Trek Beyond'While wrapping up production of the film, Elba sat down with MTV and dropped some very interesting and telling tidbits about his villainous character:

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.

He also added:

“…you’ve never seen me play a character like this…”

“Simon Pegg and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character.”

Although there’s been quite a bit of secrecy revolving around the Star Trek threequel, we do know that Elba will not be playing a Klingon as that’s been the one rumor that fans have been pointing towards. Those have been shot down and it seems that Elba will have a completely original Star Trek villain to really sink his teeth into. I’m a huge fan of this modern day Star Trek franchise, but an even bigger fan of Idris Elba, so I’m not exaggerating when I say I hope it ends up as good or even better than what I picture in my head.

Star Trek Beyond now lands on July 22nd, 2016. Directed by Justin Lin starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Sofia Boutella, and Idris Elba.

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