Idris Elba Eyed for Villain Role in ‘Star Trek 3’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in “Star Trek 3,” sources tell Variety.

Justin Lin is directing the pic, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin all on board to return.

J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison. Production is set to start in June.

Details of Elba’s role are being kept under wraps. Early rumors suggest that Klingons would be the main villains in this movie, as they have not had a full presence in previous installments, but sources would not confirm if that was the case. Paramount and Skydance had no comment.

Pegg and Doug Jung are writing the script.

Elba stars in Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which Netflix recently acquired for distribution, and is already garnering awards buzz for the actor.

He recently finished “Bastille Day” opposite “Cinderella” star Richard Madden and also has “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and the indie “A Hundred Streets” set to bow in the near future.

He is repped by WME, Headshell Management, The Artist Partnership and Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP.

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  1. It'sMeFool says:

    I hope it’s better than the last one.

  2. TrekGuy says:

    I notice Orci is no longer being tagged as even a co-producer. Out? Sounds like it.

  3. gord says:

    I really don’t think he will play well in this movie.

  4. Tonic says:

    Unlike some commenters, I don’t regard Idris Elba as a good actor. Oh, he does act, quite clearly. That’s all I see in any of his roles, a person acting, acting really, really hard. That’s not what I want to see. I want someone to inhabit their role and make me think they ARE the character they’re playing. Idris Elba has never accomplished that.

  5. Xmasevebaby says:

    Idris Elba as a Klingon would be lazy storytelling. We’ve already seen two consecutive movies with stock villains. Give us a new enemy for the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

  6. KSD says:

    I agree with Michael about Idris Elba’s talent. He’s a terrific actor with wonderful range and I personally think he’ll be an A lister very soon if he isn’t already one. But I think this role could add to that perception. He’s going to be a great villain and I can’t wait to see him in action! I also think Justin Lin will do a terrific job, I love the direction the franchise is headed, thought the last 2 were action packed and awesome! Look forward to the rest of the journey !

  7. angelo says:

    Please make him a villain from the original TV series!!
    That will work smoothly….Not from the Movies STO!
    Good luck :-)
    ……..We shall see!! Can’t wait!

  8. Micheal Wade says:

    I was thinking the SAME thing! WHY IS THIS MAN TALENTS being wasted on acting roles like this? He doesnt make a Great villian anymore,;not after showing the talent he has on other movies! This part in my opinion is beneath him and he hss earn the right to be a leading man! Oh by the way! Im White and just think this actor wld be one of the Great Actors like Lewis, Or Denzel or even both Roberts if given the chance! If I were him, I wld turn this part down!!

    • cadavra says:

      Are you kidding? Actors LOVE to play villains! They’re usually the juiciest roles in the film; it’s an old adage that, for example, the best James Bond films are the ones with the best villains (e.g., DR. NO, GOLDFINGER, SKYFALL). And playing bad guys can give an enormous boost to an actor’s stardom; just ask Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Javier Bardem, to name only three.

  9. Matthew says:

    Since when are Kilingons “the villain?”

    • Josh says:

      For pretty much the entirety of TOS, as the relationship between the Klingons and Federation was supposed to mirror the Cold War. They were the baddies in Search for Spock, Final Frontier, Undiscovered Country, and Generations. There was sporadic conflict between the Federation and Klingon Empire throughout TNG and DS9 until the Dominion War arch.

    • Pat says:

      Matthew, you need to go back and watch the original Star Trek. Even Next Gen explained the tenuous relationship with the Klingons.

  10. Sheckleberg says:

    Oh, it’s like that? He got’s to be the villain?

  11. JL says:

    “J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke”

    Uhm, no, that would be Bryan BURK – no “e” in sight anywhere!

  12. Jay Dee says:

    Klingon bad guy.. Hmmm..

  13. bob bobbington says:

    Why does the black man have to be the bad guy? Is this where we are in 2015 in relation to race stereotypes?! HA! just kidding, he’s a great actor and I look forward to seeing what he does with every role he plays.

  14. Engage says:

    No mention of John Cho. Is he out as Sulu or just overlooked by Variety?

  15. nerdrage says:

    Rather have Bryan Cranston…

  16. Come on, the obvious response is ‘Make it so!’

  17. jacobthesecond says:

    idris elba?! YES! MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

  18. T0rchwood says:

    Doesn’t matter. Lost interest after waiting three years and just getting a remake of a 30 year old movie (TWOK) last time. Was this really the best JJ could do? Just glad to see Nimoy one last time. Was a lifelong ST fan, but will wait for the DVD release on this one

  19. therealeverton says:


  20. TONY says:

    Great actor and would be enormous for him and the franchise!!!!!
    DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!

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