Star Trek Beyond casts Fast & Furious martial artist as a potential new villain

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Jul 26, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Actor and martial artist Joe Taslim, who played a villain alongside Luke Evans in Fast & Furious 6, has joined the cast of Star Trek Beyond. The Indonesian actor played a police officer in the 2011 cult action movie The Raid, when he was discovered by director Gareth Evans.

THR reports that Taslim has joined the cast of the third movie of the rebooted sci-fi franchise currently filming in Vancouver. The site claims that Taslim’s part is being kept under wraps, but sources say he'll play a key role alongside Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World), who has been cast as the movie’s Big Bad Villain.

Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond reunites main cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. It’s also a reunion for Lin and Taslim, who’ve worked together before on Fast & Furious 6, which Lin directed.

Are you excited to see Joe Taslim join the cast of Star Trek Beyond? The upcoming movie is set to premiere on July 8, 2016 — right on time for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.

(via THR)