Idris Elba reveals details about his 'Star Trek Beyond' villain
Actor says he is playing a 'predatory' bad guy named Krall
Dean Chalkley Nick Levine, 17th April 2016 Idris Elba has revealed some details about his Star Trek Beyond character, a "predatory" villain named Krall.
The British actor stars opposite Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg in the new Star Trek movie, which hits cinema screens this summer. Though it has been widely reported that Elba is playing the film's primary antagonist, until now very little was known about his character.
Confirming that Krall is a "new species in the Star Trek universe", Elba told Entertainment Weekly: "What's interesting about him is that he has a real beef with what the Enterprise stands for. Krall's a character who's deeply steeped in hatred — in my opinion, a well-earned hatred — for the Federation. It felt quite political. There's a relatability to what's happening in our world. Not everybody's happy with what everybody calls the good guys."
"Krall is predatory," Elba added. "He's not one for big speeches. He is one for going to get what he wants. If that means having to do it himself, outside of his army, he is not afraid to do that."
Star Trek Beyond is set for release on July 22, 2016 – two weeks later than initially announced. The first episode of the original Star Trek TV series aired on September 8, 1966, so the film's release roughly coincides with the sci-fi franchise's 50th anniversary.
Fast And Furious veteran Justin Lin replaces JJ Abrams in the director's chair for Star Trek Beyond, shooting from a script co-written by Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the film.
Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin are also reprising their roles from the previous two Star Trek films, joined by new cast members including Elba and Kingsman actress Sofia Boutella.
Meanwhile, Idris Elba appears on the cover of the latest NME. Read his full cover feature here.