Simon Pegg addresses those Idris Elba in Star Trek 3 rumors

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Dec 21, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

The man writing the script for Star Trek 3 has something to say about who's rumored to be in it.

It was just last week that a story surfaced that Idris Elba was being courted to play the villain -- allegedly a Klingon -- in the next Star Trek film. Simon Pegg, who's co-writing the screenplay with Doug Jung, spoke last week with Absolute Radio (see video below) and was asked about the speculation. His reply:

That’s not true. No, no, no. I heard there’s a rumor he’s been spoken to about stuff, so he may be in the film but he won’t be a Klingon (laughs). Or maybe he will!

As Slashfilm points out, Pegg denied for a long time that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, so there's always the possibility that he's being cagey here as well. Idris Elba would be a great get for Star Trek whatever he's playing, so if anything's true at all, it's probably the part that he's been "spoken to about stuff."

For what it's worth, I hope that the main threat is not the Klingons. We glimpsed them briefly in the last film and there has been speculation for a while that they would play a larger role in the third, but that just feels like yesterday's leftovers again. The Klingons were the featured enemy in many episodes of the original series, as well as three of the six movies starring the classic cast -- is there really a need to bring them back one more time?

An all-new, original enemy or menace of some kind feels like the best way to go, but if Pegg and Jung feel any sort of pressure to introduce something from the show (which Pegg has said he's hesitant to do), reinvent a lesser-known alien race like the Tholians ... after all, there's a whole galaxy of civilizations out there!

Whatever and whoever they end up going with, Pegg and Jung have to complete the script by June, with production commencing this summer for a July 8, 2016, release date. Do you agree that Idris Elba is a strong addition to Star Trek 3 no matter who or what he plays? And are you ready to let the Klingons go and try something new?