With reporting by Josh Horowitz
Idris Elba is the coolest motherf--ker on the planet. Period. That's just a fact. So was there ever any doubt that he wouldn't be the coolest motherf--ker in space, too?
The "Star Trek Beyond" actor opened up about his very mysterious role at a press day for his film "Beasts of No Nation," and Trekkies, get excited. It sounds like Elba's Big Bad is breaking new ground for the beloved sci-fi franchise.
"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."
Since he was announced as appearing in next year's "Star Trek" installment, fans have wondered just who Elba would play -- and why he has beef with the Enterprise. The most prevalent rumor had been that the Klingons will be the main villains in "Star Trek Beyond," but Pegg himself confirmed that Elba would not be playing a Klingon. (Sorry, Klingon Empire!) Instead, the character is completely original -- a fact in which Elba revels.
"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."
Innnteresting. Groundbreaking, huh? Is he groundbreaking because of his impeccable breakdancing skills?! We could only be so lucky. Speculation aside, whoever Elba is portraying must be a pretty big effing deal.
"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."
Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait two extra weeks to see it. Sob.