Star Trek Be­yond Be­yond The Fi­nal Fron­tier

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Af­ter tak­ing on the role of Scotty in the first two re­booted Star Trek films, Si­mon Pegg has been as­signed ex­tra du­ties for the forth­com­ing third in­stal­ment. Set to be di­rected by Fast & Fu­ri­ous’s Justin Lin and ti­tled Star Trek Be­yond, Pegg is cur­rently co- writ­ing the screen­play with Doug Jung ( Ban­shee, Dark Blue).

“It’s an enor­mous re­spon­si­bil­ity but I’ve en­joyed the pres­sure,” he ad­mits. “I was ter­ri­fied at first be­cause it’s such a huge com­mit­ment to take on. But pres­sure can be a good thing in that kind of sit­u­a­tion, as ne­ces­sity is the mother of in­ven­tion, as they say, and that has cer­tainly been the case in the last three months.”

Hav­ing stated that they want to re­turn Star Trek to its tra­di­tional se­ries roots, Pegg and Jung are adopt­ing a brighter tone that is more in keep­ing with the fron­tier spirit of Gene Rod­den­berry’s vi­sion. “I think it’ll be lighter than the last one,” he says. “With that film, it’s there in the very ti­tle, as Star Trek Into Dark­ness sounds quite dark, even though the movie is full of light­heart­ed­ness. I feel like Star Trek is not The Dark Knight, although that’s not to say that it should make fun of it­self.”

He also near- as- dammit con­firms the spec­u­la­tion that Idris Elba has been cast, pos­si­bly as the prin­ci­pal vil­lain. “Idris was ap­proached and I be­lieve that is in the mix at the mo­ment,” he re­veals. “So as far as I know he is go­ing to be in it and I cer­tainly hope he is be­cause he’s ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

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