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?