A year ago, we learned that Idris Elba had joined the cast of the next “Star Trek” movie (the 3rd one, “Star Trek Beyond”), playing a villain – an original character not from the existing “Star Trek” universe – that co-writer and co-star of the movie, Simon Pegg dubbed “a kick-ass role.”
The character had been kept mostly underwraps (up until the recent trailer release) so there hasn’t been a lot of information available on who he is exactly, what his motivations are, and where his loyalties lie. Although, 2 months ago, Elba did finally drop a few bits of info on the character, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, stating the following: “I play Krall. This is a man with a definite purpose. I say a man, but he’s not a man. Or is he? […] What’s interesting about him is that he has a real beef with what the Enterprise stands for. Krall’s a character who’s deeply steeped in hatred — in my opinion, a well-earned hatred — for the Federation. It felt quite political. There’s a relatability to what’s happening in our world. Not everybody’s happy with what everybody calls the good guys. Krall is predatory. He’s not one for big speeches. He is one for going to get what he wants. If that means having to do it himself, outside of his army, he is not afraid to do that.”
The interview came with the above photo of Elba’s Krall showing off his strength.
Previously, in a September 2015 interview with MTV, Elba, while doing press for “Beasts of No Nation,” shared the following about his role in “Star Trek Beyond” (as the new film is titled): “Simon [Pegg] and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character… You’ve never seen me play a character like this.”
The actor added: “I think ’Star Trek’ has prided themselves as being quite classic when it comes to villains, like ’he’s a guy who wants to end the world,’ there’s no doubt about that. But in this version of the film, there’s a slightly different twist to that… It’s quite an interesting journey, which I think is groundbreaking for the franchise. But, it still keeps with the ’classic bad guy is a classic bad guy’ tone.”
And he ended with: “It’s been hard work. I’ve been doing 18-hour days. It’s tough work, but I’m looking forward to people seeing this film.”
Paramount Pictures has released a short behind-the-scenes featurette on Krall specifically, featuring Idris Elba talking about what the clip calls the Federation’s most deadly new enemy in the upcoming film “Star Trek Beyond.”
Elba joins Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin (who died just 3 weeks ago in a freak accident), all reprising their respective roles.
Justin Lin is directing this 3rd film, with J.J. Abrams producing.
Here’s the Krall featurette, followed by the film’s trailer and Krall poster.