Star Trek Beyond Beyond The Final Frontier
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.”