Most famous to science fiction fans as the hero who declared “We are canceling the apocalypse!” in Pacific Rim, British actor Idris Elba could be the cause of the next apocalypse in the Star Trek universe, according to an article by Variety.
No word on who he might be playing. The article reads:
Details of Elba’s role are being kept under wraps. Early rumors suggest that Klingons would be the main villains in this movie, as they have not had a full presence in previous installments, but sources would not confirm if that was the case. Paramount and Skydance had no comment.
Elba has been a critical darling since debuting on HBO’s The Wire as Stringer Bell, but also scored points with fans as the BBC’s Luther. While he usually plays heroes (or anti-heroes in Bell’s case), he ably played antagonist Charles Miner to Michael Scott on The Office.
He’s a popular British TV actor who has always been on the cusp of a successful movie career, but hasn’t quite been able to make it happen – so sort of a reverse Benedict Cumberbatch, a British actor who keeps getting movie roles thrown at him despite never really making studios money.
So this role could be a turning point for Elba.
A commanding, military-type, Elba would make a great heavy to pit against the Enterprise crew. If he were to play a Klingon, he could be one of TOS’s holy trinity – Kang, Koloth, or Kor – or one of the original movie Klingons. (He would make a fearsome Kruge.)
Other notable Trek villains he could bring to life include Garth of Izar, Kodos the Executioner, or an effects-heavy character like the Gorn. If they want to match Dr. Richard Daystrom, creator of “The Ultimate Computer,” with another black actor then Elba would be a perfect fit. It seems highly unlikely that someone as striking as Elba would be cast in a Cyrano Jones/Harry Mudd-type role.
As a British heart-throb, Elba’s name is frequently tossed around as a potential replacement for Daniel Craig as James Bond. He recently got an endorsement for the role from former 007 Pierce Brosnan. Scoring a franchise of that magnitude might put him out of Star Trek’s budget, so if they want him they need to move fast.