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?
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?
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