Justin Lin reveals the name and motivations of Idris Elba's Star Trek Beyond villain

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Dec 18, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

When the first Star Trek Beyond trailer was released yesterday, there was still a big question mark regarding Idris Elba’s Big Bad Star Trek villain. Now we know a bit more — including his name.

Slash Film sat down with Justin Lin to chat about Elba’s villainous character — whose name is Krall — and confirmed that it was indeed Elba (who we learn spent about four hours in the makeup chair when he was needed on set) we saw in the teaser trailer (he's the one who says “This is where it begins, Captain. This is where the frontier pushes back!”). Even though his name might sound Klingon, he obviously ain’t one. And while some of you might be tempted to think that he is playing a Gorn, Lin insists that Krall is of a “new species that we discover in this chapter.”


About the character, the Fast & Furious 6 director said:

“When [Idris] came in, he had a lot of [prospective] projects and when I talked to him about this character, it wasn’t about this or that it was about building or having a philosophy or point of view. And I like his character because his character is really challenging the way of the Federation’s philosophy and there are a lot of things that when I was growing up I wanted to see.”

As for Krall's motivations, Lin added that “he’s a character that has a very distinct philosophy that’s very different,” offering a bit more insight as to what could actually be at stake in Star Trek Beyond:

“I think it’s great to be a fan and I watch utopian San Francisco and go, oh wow, when you’re building this movie you think, they don’t have money, how do they live? How do they compete? And those are things that his character, in a way, has a very distinct and valid point of view.

It was just really embracing the idea that the Federation, what would happen if you were going on a five-year journey and you’re trying to also not only explore, but also maybe introduce other people to this way of thinking. What would that mean? What are the consequences to that? I mean, spreading a philosophy that you believe in that you think is great, are there gonna be any other points of views that’s gonna counter you? And I think that those are the things that I thought of as a kid. And also then as an adult when I watch Star Trek. And I think we got to kind of explore that a little bit.”

Does this sound good to you, or do you feel like you've seen this countless times in previous Star Trek episodes and movies before?

Star Trek Beyond opens in movie theaters on July 22, 2016.

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(via /Film)