Kirk and Spock lose their ship, their crew, and their director in the Star Trek Beyond trailer. Will the Enterprise boldly go once more?
Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Bonnie Hunt are just a few of the actors in the cast list for Zootopia, Disney’s animal-only caper.
As delicious as a movie rumour is in it’s prime, there is something even sweeter about that same rumour being shot down by someone in the know. Whispers were abounding last week (here included, I’m not ashamed to say – actually I am shamed but I’ll still say it) that Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba might be donning a ridged skull cap and taking a villainous turn in Star Trek 3 as the most handsome klingon in the quadrant. So what happened? Was the klingon part all nonsense. Nope, it was all nonsense, according to the nerd-do-well himself Mr Simon Pegg.
According to Slashfilm, Pegg, who starred in both previous Star Trek films and has continued with the third installment as both actor and co-writer (not a new experience for the Cornetto wieldin’ Brit) has spoken out about the alleged involvement of Elba. Here’s the key nugget from his interview on Absolute Radio:
“That’s not true. No, no, no. I heard there’s a rumour 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!”
Well that started as helpful but sort of trailed off at the the end there. It’s clear that Pegg is more interested in keeping everything about the new film a secret than quashing rumour after rumour until people can stitch the plot together themselves.
It’s also worth mentioning that we went through a similar situation with Benedict Cumberbatch and Khan with Star Trek into Darkness. Granted that came about after we knew Cumberbatch was attached. Could this be another run-around? My guess is no. Those kinds of rumour traps are very much JJ Abrams’ thing, but he’s not helming this project. And even if he were, he wouldn’t use the same trick twice in a row.
I’m sure if Elba is confirmed a week from now I will be sitting here once again with a Romulan-sized egg on my face (Romulans lay eggs right?), but that’s the game we play, baby. I’m willing to trust Pegg this time. Are you?
If the latest Star Trek series has being boldly going where no one had gone before, it’s also boldly been going to England for talent. Benedict Cumberbatch made some phenomenal waves the last go around with his striking portrayal of Khan in Star Trek into Darkness, and now they might be bringing on another BBC darling for the as yet untitled Star Trek 3.
Screenrant reports that Luther and The Wire star Irish Elba may be in talks to star as the villain in the next movie. The rumour comes from Variety and has some other potentially delicious details for the latest Enterprise adventure: apparently shooting may be later than we anticipated, starting in June instead of May, and that the plot could involve klingons! If this is in any way true, we could be seeing Elba don a ridged forehead and dust off his old klingon dictionary (all actors have one, it’s great for monologues).
Of course this is all speculation, and we could be building to a Star Trek finale without a whiff of a klingon. This sort of rumour churning is easy with a project like Star Trek 3 that’s had such muddling and overhauling in terms of script and direction. With the departure of Roberto Orci from the helm and his relegation to producer, not to mention the hiring of Fast and Furious director Justin Lee to step into Orci’s shoes, the waters have been muddied and in low visibility rumours abound.
Orcs himself has alluded to ideas he had for a daring new plot for the Star Trek crew that may have been cast out. It would be an absolute treat to see Elba work his magic on the Star Trek set. He would be joining returning actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve. Elba’s also no stranger to scifi adventures, earning his chops on Prometheus and Pacific Rim. But which film will Star Trek 3 be more like?
Want to see Elba on the bridge?
We haven’t had a chance to Sean Penn really strut his scary stuff since his turn in 2013’s Gangster Squad, but fortunately we won’t have to wait much longer. In 2015 Taken director Pierre Morel will be helming Penn’s latest action project Gunman, based on the novel The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette. If you didn’t know the novel (I don’t) you’d be tempted to write this off as a “professional gunman gets double-crossed and goes rogue” flick. But thanks to The Wrap we now have a trailer, so we can see if that’s really the case. Check it out, courtesy of Youtube:
Ok, so it sort of does fall into that rehashed criteria. I’m a little embarrassed now. However, what makes this film different is the quality of its cast. Aside from Penn we have Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Jasmine Trinca. Throw in Ray Winstone for some cockney aloofness to brighten the mood and this could work out pretty well. We just have to hope that it doesn’t fall into some all too familiar traps. But hey, I’m rooting for another film as invigorating as Taken. Release is cheduled for March 30th, 2015.
Wait, is it me or doesn’t Penn have the same hairdo as Liam Neeson did in Taken? Ah, I’m sure it’s nothing.
Have you got Penn in your sights next year?