Simon Pegg Opens Up About Idris Elba’s ‘Ostentatious’ Villain In Star Trek Beyond

Finally, the Enterprise is headed into deep space

This summer, the crew of the starship Enterprise will finally voyage into deep space in Star Trek Beyond. For writer-star Simon Pegg and executive producer J.J. Abrams, it was a chance to explore part of the Star Trek mythos that had been so much apart of the franchise’s origins. [Full disclosure: MTV News and Paramount Pictures are both owned by Viacom.]

"It was something that we thought about a great deal going into the writing process," Pegg told MTV News at Paramount’s showcase at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on April 11. "We always had agreed that the Enterprise would be off on its five-year mission, as well as making a film that lots of people could go and see and say, ‘Hey what’s this Star Trek?’ And then go back 50 years."

“For the people that have been there for 50 years it was fun to make something that they would see as part of that continuum,” Pegg said.

And when it comes to Idris Elba’s “ostentatious” villain, don’t expect to see anything like Benedict Cumberbatch’s creepy genius Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness in Elba’s performance. His take is all his own. In fact, when it came time to write the “interesting” bad guy, Idris even brought a few of his own ideas to the table.

“Idris had so many good ideas to help shape it,” Pegg said. “He’s the actor you want to work with. He’s collaborative, and he does what he’s told.”

For more on Star Trek Beyond, and Pegg and Abrams’s Adventures of Unkar Plutt prequel pitch, watch the video above.