Idris Elba Says His Star Trek Beyond Character Is Unlike Any He's Played Before

While on the press tour for Beasts of No Nation, Idris Elba offered up a few comments about his upcoming turn as the villain in Star Trek Beyond.

“Simon [Pegg] and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character,” Elba told MTV. “You’ve never seen me play a character like this.”

Early rumors that Elba would be playing a Klingon in the new film were shot down, and Elba is pleased to be playing a character that is wholly original.

“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,” Elba said. “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.”


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