There is so much secrecy surrounding “Star Trek: Beyond” that even the casting of its main villain won’t officially be acknowledged, despite the fact that filming for the next Trek movie has begun.
Yet, Idris Elba doesn’t need to wait for Paramount Pictures. The star best known for his work in television shows like HBO’s “The Wire” and BBC America’s “Luther” revealed to British newspaper Metro that not only is he shooting the new Trek movie, but he’s having a great time in the process. And a lot of that is because he grew up being a Star Trek fan.
“Almost everyone was a Trekkie, really, weren’t they?” Elba told Metro, according to Xpose.ie. “I wouldn’t say I was a hardcore one, but I definitely watched that show a million times.”
His favorite character was Spock, Elba adds. “In this (film) I have some scenes with Zachary Quinto” (the actor who now plays Spock).
The London-born actor did mostly character work in the 1990s until he landed the role of Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO crime drama series set in the streets of Baltimore that ran for five seasons beginning in 2002.
However, it was the British drama “Luther” that has really propelled his career in recent years, and also the one that has earned him the most recognition from his peers. He has been nominated for four Emmys — three for playing John Luther — between 2011 and 2014. He’s also been nominated for four Golden Globes, winning the miniseries acting award for “Luther” in 2012.
Elba’s dance card now not only includes “Beyond” but also some other high-attention movies like “The Jungle Book” from Jon Favreau and the “Finding Nemo” animated sequel “Finding Dory.” He also appeared as Heimdall in this year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“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.