The third installment of the Star Trek reboot hits theaters this summer, and one of the film’s stars has given some info on the newest villain. Titled Star Trek Beyond, the film is the thirteenth in the series, if you count the original ones starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Simon Pegg, who plays Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, dished to MTV News about the new big bad, played by Idris Elba, calling his character “ostentatious.”
“Idris had so many good ideas to help shape it,” Pegg, who is also one of the film’s. “He’s the actor you want to work with. He’s collaborative, and he does what he’s told.”
Pegg went on to assure everyone that Elba’s villain was going to be totally different from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan Noonein Singh from Star Trek into Darkness. Apparently, while Cumberbatch’s villain was a cool, quiet genius, Elba’s will be a partially original creation by Elba himself. Pegg stated that when it came to developing the bad guy for the movie, Elba brought some ideas of his own to the table and, from what Pegg infers, looks like many of them made it into the movie.
Along with being a highly-anticipated summer release, Star Trek Beyond is also being released in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the original TV series. As a result, fans were concerned that the third movie in the reboot may end up being some sort of “Best of” of the entire series.
Luckily, Pegg extinguished the fear when he told Cinema Blend that it wasn’t going to be a collection of the best Star Trek moments, but that it was “a later iteration, obviously.”
He continued on to explain that the aim of the reboot is to join together both old and new fans of the series stated that “this is a universe that is so inclusive—no one is not welcome in Star Trek.”
Star Trek Beyond hits theatres on July 22, 2016. Check out the trailer below!