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By a show of hands, how many of you knew that Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek: Into Darkness was Khan the entire time before his revelation? There’s no shame in admiting that you had no idea even though there were rumors upon rumors saying that he would be playing Khan. That’s the thing though, they were just rumors at the time. That’s all in the past, though. It’s time to look towards the future and beyond. Fans have known for quite some time that Idris Elba had been cast as the antagonist in Star Trek Beyond, but what they didn’t know is exactly who he will be. Is he playing an original character? Or is he playing one we already know about? Up to know the actor has remained completely silent on the matter. That is, until now.

In a recent interview with MTV regarding his latest movie Beasts of No Nation, he opened up a little about his role in the latest installment of the Star Trek movie franchise,

“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. … 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.”

This is probably as vague as Elba can get about his role. Something to keep in mind is that all things are possible since the timeline changed in the first movie. At this point, he could be playing anyone. Early rumors had him pegged to play a Klingon of some significance. That seems too obvious, though. If he were to play a famous Klingon vilain, could it be possible fans could be running into a younger version of General Chang?

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Let’s assume Elba doesn’t play a Klingon. Who else could he be? If we stick to just the movies, there’s a chance he could play Sybok. Fans know him better as Spock’s half brother. However, based on what Elba said in his interview, this doesn’t seem likely. Sybok wasn’t a character who was necessarily bent on destroying the world. He was just crazy. One other possibility that is out there is that he could play Admiral Cartwright. For those of you who don’t remember, Cartwright was a key player in the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon and was very against a peace treaty between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

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Seeing a new twist on an original villain would be great to see, but, in the end, we could be looking at an all new villain. This could be someone that fans have never encountered before in the entire Star Trek universe. Still, it’s fun to play the guessing game. Who do you think Idris Elba will be playing in the next Star Trek movie?

Star Trek Beyond has set a course for star date 06.22.2016

Source: Slashfilm

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