A few weeks back, Variety broke the news that Idris Elba, the star of films such as Thor and Pacific Rim, as well as the TV show Luther, is in talks to play a villain in Star Trek 3, possibly a Klingon leader. While Elba has been embroiled in a bit of controversy over whether or not he should be James Bond after Daniel Craig retires, this role would be a major career boost. And if he's truly playing a Klingon, that would drive fans even crazier. I personally would be happy to see Elba take a more major role in a blockbuster. He's been stuck doing great work as a supporting character in films like Prometheus and I would love to see him become a star.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Kingsman star Sofia Boutella is in the mix for a lead role in the sequel. Boutella played Gazelle, the amputee with knives for legs, in Kingsman and she did a fairly good job. I wasn't stunned by her performance, but she was sufficient for the role and her fight scenes were incredible. Tackling a bigger role will be interesting but I'm willing to give her a shot. As long as some sort of martial arts action is involved, I'm all in.
As for Star Trek 3, I must say that I'm still very excited for the film despite Abrams' departure from the franchise. With Lin at the helm and Pegg writing the script, there's very little chance that this ends up being bad. Star Trek Into Darkness is a film that improves on rewatch and I'm hoping that Star Trek 3 does the same thing. It's definitely one of my most anticipated films of 2016. Star Trek 3 stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg and will hit theaters on July 8, 2016.