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Simon Pegg Slams Idris Elba “Star Trek” Rumours…Or Does He?

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?

One For the Diary – “Star Trek 3″‘s Release Date is Now July 6th 2016

Just a quick update on Star Trek 3 before Christmas Day!

It’s cold out there, it’s real cold. We need something to look forward to, something warm to think about until Spring. Well, we have just the thing. Deadline has reported that just 17 short months from now, on July 6th 2016 to be exact, we will be sitting down in cinemas across the country to watch Star Trek 3.

What’s that? It’s too far away to get excited about? Oh fine then be a grinch about it.

Seriously though, we’re getting a good stream of info on the latest in the franchise that was rebooted in 2009 by J.J. Abrams. After Roberto Orci left the director’s chair and settled into the not-quite-as-luxurious-or-comfortable producer’s chair, we found out after a lengthy vetting process that Fast and Furious director Justin Lin would take the helm. Now, we have a confirmed date of release to along with a new director.

Justin Lin will be joining the "Star Trek 3" team as director. Looks like the lucky hat Robert Rodriguez leant him worked a treat!
Justin Lin will be joining the “Star Trek 3” team as director. Looks like the lucky hat Robert Rodriguez leant him worked a treat!

I’m sure there are still Trekkers out there that will be sobbing into their figgy puddings tomorrow now that the rumours that “Commander Riker”Jonathan Frakes would direct have been effectively photon torpedoed. But a solid release date to pop on the calendar should certainly help.

Well, you won’t be putting it on this year’s calendar, obviously. Just wait until next Christmas and pop it on the 2016 calendar.

Well, that about does it. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals!

Roberto Orci is out as “Star Trek 3” Director

While J.J. Abrams continues to dazzle with his latest Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser, it’s getting a bit messy in his old stomping ground. There are reports coming out of Deadline that Roberto Orci, who was reported as taking on directing duties for  Star Trek 3 has left the project. Orci was a big part of putting the rebooted film franchise together as a writer, and there’s a good chance that he’ll be staying on as a producer. This would make sense since it’s his script that the new film will be based on, written by himself, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.

Since the release is scheduled for 2016, it isn’t surprising that Paramount Pictures already has a list in the works for Orci’s replacement. One of the names mentioned by Deadline is Edgar Wright, who is currently free as a bird since leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man due to creative differences between himself and the studio.

In the end this may be best for the franchise, as Orci is a top-notch writer but has no directorial experience to date. So the chances are paramount will play it safe and go with someone with a little more experience under their belt. Wright would be a intriguing choice, and he’d already be familiar with some of the cast having worked with Simon Pegg on numerous projects including Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Granted there are as yet no confirmations of returning cast members, but Paramount currently has bigger fish to fry with Orci’s departure.

Who would you like to see directing Star Trek 3? Could Wright be the one to send you into warp-speed?