When Mike wrote about Idris Elba‘s casting in Harmony Korine‘s new movie Star Trek 3 to be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6).
Variety breaks the news saying Elba is in early talks to play the villain with stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin all set to reprise their roles as members of the Enterprise crew. As of now, Pegg and Doug Jung are writing the film’s screenplay.
There is no word on what character Elba would be playing, but Variety cites rumors suggesting Klingons would be the main villains in the movie. That wouldn’t be too surprising.
Pegg recently spoke with Collider about writing the screenplay and had this to say about how it came to be involved in the actual writing of the next installment.
Star Trek 3 is currently slated for a July 8, 2016 release though that date may get more and more tested if they don’t begin filming soon.
Pegg says the script is due in June, “come hell or high water” and adds, “I’m sure we’ll be finessing it, right through the shoot. You never really, truly start writing a movie until the edit. There’s a whole new lexicon that you’re confronted with, when you’ve shot the movie, which is the visual language that you don’t have on the page. And then, you start to realize, ‘Hang on, we don’t need that speech because that look says it all.’ So, it will be an ongoing thing, right until next year.”