There’s warriors like Christopher Lloyd’s Kruge in “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock,” and then there are talky villains like Khan in both “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (Ricardo Montalban) and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” (Benedict Cumberbatch). And then, of course, you have talky warriors like Christopher Plummer’s Chang in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
For Krall, a new villain brought to “Star Trek: Beyond” by Idris Elba, the Enterprise is going head-to-head with someone who is pure warrior. And it won’t be good for her crew.
“What’s interesting about him is that he has a real beef with what the Enterprise stands for,” Elba recently told Entertainment Weekly‘s Darren Franich. “Krall’s a character who’s deeply steeped in hatred — in my opinion, a well-earned hatred — for the Federation.”
In fact, like “The Undiscovered Country,” it could very much mirror the political climate of the time.
“There’s a relatability to what’s happening in our world,” Elba said. “Not everybody’s happy with what everybody calls the good guys.”
While Elba won’t share too much on what fans can expect in the movie, he did lower hopes that he would return for future installments.
“I can’t imagine at this point what else could happen for this character,” he said. “I think, after this film, you don’t want me to return.”
Filming for “Beyond” required Elba to wake up before dawn each morning, and sit in a makeup chair to get his rubber face on through breakfast, the actor said. The problem? He’s a little claustrophobic: “I don’t like ribber masks on my face.”
“It was definitely an extensive process,” he said. “I learned so much about working with prosthetics, and how that can influence the performance.”
Krall is not a Gorn, and is a new species, Elba said.
“There’s definitely an opposing argument to the good that the Federation think they do,” he said. “There are purists that believe in independence, and believe that we’re all made differently for a reason, and will fight tooth and nail to defend that.”
For the full interview, check out this link.
“Star Trek: Beyond” opens July 22.