Idris Elba On Deck For ‘Star Trek: Beyond’

"Almost everyone was a Trekkie, really, weren't they?"

For months now rumors have been circulating that Idris Elba, who is best known for his complex roles in shows such as ‘The Wire’, and the hit BBC series ‘Luther’ was to play the big bad in the third of the modern ‘Star Trek’ movies.

These rumors are now no more because the actor has chose to beam on board for his ‘Star Trek’ movie debut.

According to 1701News the actor revealed his new role via an interview in the British newspaper Metro. In the interview the actor not only revealed himself to be in the film, but added that he was having a great time on the set.

“Almost everyone was a Trekkie, really, weren’t they?” Elba told Metro.  “I wouldn’t say I was a hardcore one, but I definitely watched that show a million times.”

Elba went on to reveal that his favorite character from the original ‘Star Trek’ series was Mr. Spock, who is played in the modern movies by Zachary Quinto who shares a few scenes with Elba in the new film.

The London born actor played mainly character roles throughout the 1990s, but his big break came when he was cast in the hit HBO series ‘The Wire’ in which he played Russell “Stringer” Bell.

In recent years it has been his role of the complex and troubled detective John Luther in the hit BBC series ‘Luther’. A role, which has gotten him the most recognition as well as four Golden Globe nods and one win for the ‘Luther’ mini series that he did back in 2012.

In recent years Elba’s acting career has seen him take on more high profile work. He is a regular cast member of the ‘Thor’ movies in which he plays Heimdall and his latest roles include providing his voice for Shere Khan in the new ‘Jungle Book’ movie.

“There are loads of roles I’d like to play,” Elba told the newspaper. “As an actor, I’m still growing. As long as I have an audience that enjoys watching me, I’ll keep doing it. I’m never going to stop acting. I love it too much.”

“Star Trek: Beyond” is set for a July 8, 2016 release.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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