June 21 2024


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Star Trek 3 Villain?

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An actor has been named as the potential villain in Star Trek 3.

Plus – Simon Pegg updates fans on the progress of the movie.

Idris Elba is reported to be in “early talks” to take on the role of the villain in Star Trek 3.

It isn’t yet known what race the villain will be, although some rumors made mention of the Klingons being the villain this time around.

Elba, a British actor, is best-known for his roles in HBO‘s The Wire (Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell), BBC One‘s Luther, The Office (Charles Miner) and as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

In other Star Trek 3 news, Simon Pegg spoke about the writing process for Star Trek 3 and the pressure that he and co-writer Doug Jung is under to deliver the good. “…the time-frame we’re working in is extremely tight. It means we’re having to come up with the goods. We can’t be lazy about it. We can’t procrastinate. We have to come up with the stuff because the production is hammering on the door saying, ‘When can we build this? What are we gonna we build? Who is in it?’ I don’t know! Let’s write it and we’ll find out. It’s an interesting process.”

The script has to be finished early this summer. “Come hell or high water, June,” said Pegg. “I’m busy writing it. It’s an ongoing thing. I’m sure we’ll be finessing it, right through the shoot.”

Pegg is aware of the need to make a good movie. “Yeah. It’s weird to walk into something and take ownership of it, in a way,” he said. “Everything else that I’ve written has been mine, from the very germ of the first idea, or shared with Edgar [Wright] or Nick [Frost]. But with this, I’m walking into a realm that doesn’t belong to me, and I have to treat it with a degree of respect. Obviously, I always treat things with respect, but I have to abide by certain rules and do right by the original series, and not be too post-modern with it and not be too aware of itself. I have to try to take on the spirit of the show, rather than fill it with stuff that people will just go, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s from episode something or other.’ It’s more than that.”

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19 thoughts on “Star Trek 3 Villain?

  1. Give us something that’s new. Give us something that we won’t see because we are faithful Trekkers. But give something that will make us want to watch the movie over and over again, a classic.

  2. Jeez, Simon, at least *try* not to make it sound like you’re being rushed. Given the general feeling for JJ-Trek among the hardcore trekkies, it’s fair to say you’ve already got the two previous movies working *against* you–with quotes like that, you’re not giving the impression that the people involved care about taking their time to make things right.

  3. I think I could deal with the part in the Pegg script where Kirk and Spock become incapacitated in the opening scene and Scotty takes command, but I think the part about him bedding Carole Marcus is probably a bit too far.

  4. Simon, if you want to “treat things with respect” then you need to completely ignore the ham-fisted work of JJ, BobO, and company. None of them so far have treated the franchise with even a scintilla of respect.

  5. That may be what he’s doing. We’ll have to see. He talks a good game, but, well… we’ll have to see.

  6. The way they portrayed her in the last film I’d have a harder time not believing it. Another character trashed by terrible writing.

  7. He IS being rushed. By some accounts, he’s jumping in to try and salvage the film. One can hope, I guess.

  8. Because “it’s all about the villain” (according to K&O).
    Please, Simon, give us an antagonist, give us a heel, give us an anti-hero, but for fuck’s sake do NOT give us another villain.

  9. Seeing that this is a space opera at heart, I see no reason why there can’t be a bad guy in the next movie (or why the consequences of Into Darkness vis-a-vis the Klingons can’t be followed up.) This franchise isn’t Rendezvous With Rama or the 2001 trilogy, folks, so let’s quit it with the high-minded bullshit and let the movies be the movies; I don’t want to see the next one fail because somebody wants to do Gravity or Interstellar with Star Trek.

    Besides, you all who love to whine about the movies can always read some sci-fi if you want to, or watch the 700+ hours of previous Star Trek that exist. Nobody’s forcing you to see the movies (and also, you all don’t have to talk about them, either.) And please don’t give me that bullshit about Roddenberry’s ‘vision’ for Star Trek-he had none beyond making money with it.

  10. My objection is not to there being a bad guy, but the bad guy being the focal point of the film. It’s boring to see Enterprise crew vs. galaxy-threatening villain-du-jour over, and over, and over again.

  11. Unfortunately, unless they can make just exploring space interesting, or be able to adapt one of the Star Trek novels from Bantam or Pocket, this plot is what you will get, like it or not. They are also not going to do something that could be done as an episode of a Star Trek TV show (which is what Insurrection really was, and with smug greedy assholes that deserved to be killed by the villains of that movie.) Also, as I said, Star Trek is a space opera, not a hard sci-fi one; those kinds of sci-fi stories should be adapted and filmed separately by the big studios.

    As well, just because Gravity and Interstellar were big successes, doesn’t mean that a Star Trek movie has to be like them. Into Darkness pretty well was a great allegorical story about 9/11 and getting revenge that applies to what’s being done in the real world now with the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and the current conflict against ISIS that was timely for today and wasn’t just a story set in space about exploring space. What worked on the small screen might not work on the big screen, and the movies have to do what works on the big screen, and not just be catering to the fans that are already there like you and the others posting here. It needs new fans and new stories, not the same old ones that only the same old fans want.

  12. There was NOTHING trashed about her at all-she was a Starfleet officer doing her job, and she did it well. Providing Kirk with a learning experience in how not to treat a woman and acting against her father was great.

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