In traditional J.J Abrams fashion, most news surrounding Star Trek Beyond has remained a mystery. However, Luther star Idris Elba has finally given us an insight to his secretive character named Krall – who has a “well-earned hatred” of the Federation.
Directed by Justin Lin, the trailer for the third installment in the Star Trek film series received mixed reviews, even from Captain Sulu himself George Takei; who felt the preview lacked the substance that made Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek what it was.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Elba hinted at the possibility that his mysterious character might not even be human: “I play Krall. This is a man with a definite purpose. I say a man, but he’s not a man. Or is he”?
He continued, explaining how Krall has justifiable hatred for the Enterprise: “What’s interesting about him is that he has a real beef with what the Enterprise stands for. Krall’s a character who’s deeply steeped in hatred – in my opinion, a well-earned hatred – for the Federation. It felt quite political”.
Elba summed up his interview by suggesting his character is certainly determined to fight against what he believes is wrong: “Not everybody’s happy with what everybody calls the good guys. Krall is predatory. He’s not one for big speeches. He is one for going to get what he wants. If that means having to do it himself, outside of his army, he is not afraid to do that”.
Set for release on 22 July, returning crew members include the obvious Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (McCoy), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov). Watch the trailer below: