In a sign that there might be a lot more physical action in the upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond,” director Justin Lin has brought in a familiar face: Joe Taslim.
The Indonesia-born actor worked with Lin in “Fast & Furious 6,” in which he played one of the villains, Jah. He is a former professional Judo fighter who competed with the Indonesian championship team until injury forced him to retire in 2009.
After that, he focused on acting, first through roles in his native country and then being cast in an early Asian production through HBO, “Dead Mine,” in 2012. That led to “Fast & Furious 6,” which earned $238.7 million at the box office versus a $160 million budget.
Taslim joins a cast that already includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin. Coming in for one-off roles are Idris Elba of “The Wire” and Sofia Boutella of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Although details of Taslim’s character were not revealed, The Hollywood Reporter says he could play opposite Elba, who is coming in as a villain.
“Star Trek: Beyond” is set to premiere next July in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.