“Simon [Pegg] and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character,” Elba said. “You’ve never seen me play a character like this.”
It has been speculated that Elba would play a Klingon in the film. However, co-writer Simon Pegg has gone on record denying those rumors.
“I think ’Star Trek’ has prided themselves as being quite classic when it comes to villains, like ’he’s a guy who wants to end the world,’ there’s no doubt about that. But in this version of the film, there’s a slightly different twist to that,” Elba said.
“It’s quite an interesting journey, which I think is groundbreaking for the franchise. But, it still keeps with the ’classic bad guy is a classic bad guy’ tone.”
The film recently wrapped its filming schedule and is currently in post-production.
“It’s been hard work,” Elba said. “I’ve been doing 18-hour days. It’s tough work, but I’m looking forward to people seeing this film.”
Directed by Justin Lin and produced by J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci, “Star Trek Beyond” stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba will hit theaters on July 22, 2016. The film will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.