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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?

Rumour Alert! Idris Elba Suspected to be “Star trek 3” Villain

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?

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!

Liiiiiiiiiiiin! “Fast 5 + 6” Director Justin Lin to Helm “Star Trek 3”

See what I did in the title there? I made Lin look like Khan – Khaaaaan, right? Ah forget it.

So Star Trek 3 is finally out of its directorial death-grip following the exit of attached director Roberto Orci. Rumours circulated about issues with the plot but no official reason was every really given, let alone whether or not the split was affable.

But with endings come beginnings…not exactly the beginning that I was expecting but that’s OK. Deadline broke the exclusive that fast and furious director Justin Lin will be taking over from Orci to helm the sci-fi franchise.

Lin was on a lot of internet lists for who people thought could succeed Orci, but in spite of that Lin may seem like a strange choice. You could look at his career in the Fast and Furious franchise and paint it as an entirely different animal to J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek…or any Star Trek for that matter. But I have to say I stand by the lists that Lin is a more than worthy director to take on the Trek (that’s what kids call Star Trek now…I didn’t say they were cool kids).

"Star Trek Into Darkness" grossed over $460 million internationally in 2013. No pressure Lin.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed over $460 million internationally in 2013. No pressure Lin.


Say what you will about The Fast and the Furious, recently the franchise has hit a pretty good rhythm. The earlier films may not have been anything to write home about, but 5 and 6 have stepped into a realm of ridiculousness that whilst silly is undeniably entertaining. Also the one thing that shines through in those more recent films is that Lin of all people knows how to direct an action, and that has almost certainly been the saving grace of those films.

Plus, it’s not like Lin’s gonna have the same writers as the Fast and Furious films. Orci’s script is still in play, and he’s been involved in the revamp since the beginning.

According to Deadline, even though though was a list of directors being considered for the job, including Hot Fuzz‘s Edgar Wright, Lin was the only one offered job. Fortunately Lin has a gap in his schedule since his plans for a Bourne Legacy sequel will play second banana to a Bourne Identity sequel with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.

There is of course a potential chain reaction that comes out of Lin’s signing on for Star Trek, and that is the fate of the planned Fast and Furious finale. Will Lin be back for it?

Well in any case, Lin is a solid choice for StarTrek 3 in a director-only role, and it’ll be a blast to see him weave his action magic on the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Was Lin your top choice?