Last week, we reported that Idris Elba was in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3. There were also rumors that his character would be Klingon, the famous alien race that has been sorely underutilized in the new Star Trek movies. While the Klingons may still have a presence in the upcoming Star Trek sequel, co-writer Simon Pegg says Elba won’t be one of them.
And that may be the case. Of course, I remember Pegg saying something a few years ago about how Khan wasn’t going to be the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter to me either way if Elba is a Klingon or not. It just matters if he’s a compelling character who’s worthy of the actor’s talent.
If Pegg and co-writer Doug Jung are pulling their antagonist from the series rather than creating a new baddie, TrekMovie speculates that it will be Dr. Richard Daystrom, creator of M-5 computer. While that could be interesting, it would amuse me to no end if Elba played Harry Mudd.
Of course, that would be highly unlikely even if Pegg hadn’t told us:
I’m walking into a realm that doesn’t belong to me, and I have to treat it with a degree of respect. […] 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.
Star Trek 3 opens July 8, 2016.