Simon Pegg Is Writing A 'Kickass Role' For Idris Elba In 'Star Trek 3'

He'll play an original character we haven't met before.

With reporting by Josh Horowitz

It turns out the reports of Idris Elba's villainous role in "Star Trek 3" haven't been greatly exaggerated at all.

MTV News caught up with writer-star Simon Pegg at a CinemaCon event in Las Vegas today (April 21), where he was promoting the upcoming "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation," and he told us he's writing Elba a "kickass role" in the upcoming "Star Trek" flick.

Pegg confirmed that the role in question is a never-before-seen original character -- but he didn't mention whether Elba's humanoid will be of the swarthy Klingon variety.

"Idris is an extraordinary actor and we're trying to write him a kickass role," Pegg said. "This is the five year mission, we're out there. We don't need to keep bumping into the same five people. It's a massive universe!"

That said, Pegg did initially dial back from fully confirming the actor's involvement in the movie, "I think so! Honestly, I read these things on the Internet," before noting, "As far as I know, that's happening."

So grain of very, very positive salt.

As for the spirit of the 13th film in the series, Pegg and co-writer Doug Jung are pulling inspiration from "Star Trek: The Original Series." (Fans rejoice!)

"It's an incredible show when you watch it -- how little they had," Pegg said. "We think of 'Star Trek' as this huge thing, but it started out as these thoughtful plays with small sets... dealing with incredibly human and intellectual ideas."

"We can certainly invest in the spirit of the show and get back to the essence of what it is," he added. "We're hoping to make a 'Star Trek' for today that doesn't forget where it came from."

"Star Trek 3" starts shooting in June. "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" hits theaters on July 31.

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