Simon Pegg Confirms Idris Elba Will Play a 'Kickass' New Character in 'Star Trek 3'

Even as a new rumor surfaces that the next installment of the "Star Trek" will be titled "Star Trek Beyond," star and co-writer Simon Pegg has revealed more about the approach to the film, and the nature of Idris Elba's role.

Cornered by MTV at CinemaCon, Pegg seemed to underscore the comments he made last month to SPINOFF, noting that while the films can't recreate the original TV series, they can embrace its "essence."

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

Pegg also at least unofficially unconfirmed Elba's involvement in "Star Trek 3" -- "“Idris is an extraordinary actor and we’re trying to write him a kickass role" -- but shot down speculation he'll play a character from the series.

"This is a five-year mission now, we're out there," he said. "We don't always have to keep bumping into the same people. It's a massive universe [...] so we're going to try to reflect that in the movie."

Beginning production in June, "Star Trek 3" features returning cast members Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin. It opens July 8, 2016.

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