Pegg: “Star Trek 3” Gets An Original Villain

Simon Pegg is currently had at work with Doug Jung on the screenplay for the third “Star Trek” film which is slated to begin production in June.

As previously reported, Idris Elba is in talks to play the villain of the film and Pegg tells MTV that the plan is to avoid the ‘Into Darkness’ Khan problem and have Elba to play an original character this time out:

“It will be [an original character], yes. This is the five-year mission now, we’re out there. We don’t always have to keep bumping into the same people… So we’re gonna try and reflect that in the movie.”

Pegg goes on to say that the role is a “kick ass” one. He also says the hope is the new film will bring back the spirit of the show – something not really seen in the two rebooted movies outside of moments in the first film:

“We can invest in it the spirit of the show and get back to the essence of what it is, and so what we’re hoping to do is make a Star Trek for today that doesn’t forget where it came from.”

Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) is slated to direct the project which is due for release July 8th 2016. TrekMovie has also dropped a hint of the first potential title – “Star Trek: Beyond”.