Idris Elba ‘in talks’ to play ‘Star Trek 3’ villain

Simon Pegg is co-writing the sequel starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto

Idris Elba is reportedly “in early talks” to play the villain in Star Trek 3.

The Luther actor’s exact role in the film is being kept under wraps, Variety reports, but early rumours are suggesting that iconic Star Wars antagonists the Klingons could have a prominent role in the film.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin are all on board to return for Star Trek 3. Last month (February) Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston was said to be in the frame to play the film’s villain.

In January it was revealed that Pegg – who plays Scotty in the sci-fi franchise – is co-writing the screenplay for Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung, creator of US action TV series Dark Blue. Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin will be behind the camera after being hired in December. He takes over from JJ Abrams, who directed 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness but is now focusing on the new Star Wars movie. However, Abrams will still serve as one of the film’s producers.

Star Trek 3 is due to start shooting in June. The sequel has no official release date or title yet but is expected to be released in July 2016 to coincide with the sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary.