‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston rumoured for villain role in ‘Star Trek 3’

Simon Pegg is co-writing the script for the new 'Star Trek' movie due next year (2016)

Bryan Cranston is rumoured to be in the frame to play a villain in the next Star Trek film.

According to Film Divider, the film’s main antagonist is “supposed to be Bryan Cranston-like, to the point that Cranston himself has had words with the studio about taking the role”.

However, Film Divider admits that it has no idea whether the former Breaking Bad actor has shown any interest in the supposed role, which could either be a brand new character or one from Star Trek‘s past. The website also reports that the next Star Trek film will introduce three significant female characters who did not appear in 2009’s Star Trek or 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

Last month (January) it was revealed that Simon 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.

Star Trek 3 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.