While talking with MTV News about his new film, Beasts of No Nation, actor Iris Elba offered a few thoughts on his villainous role in Star Trek Beyond.
"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," said Elba. "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."
Interesting. Considering some of the classic series episodes, several opponents of Kirk went on "interesting journeys." I always think of Kodos The Executioner in "The Conscience of the King." Guilty of genocide, he hid as actor Anton Karidian for twenty years, until a witness to his massacres tips Kirk — also a survivor — to his continued existence.
Ultimately, Kirk must decide if mercy is something you can grant a butcher if he's lived to an advanced age. Is just served by killing an elderly man? Granted, the journey is mainly seen from Kirk's point of view in the episode, but I was always surprised by the depth actor Arnold Moss brought to the part. His journey has to be conveyed in a handful of scenes.
That's not to say Elba is playing Kodos, though, that would be rad. It's just the breadth of material one can draw from to create a modern "classic villain." Of course, Elba also says he is working eighteen hour days on the film, so he's likely wearing some sort of make-up appliance as well.
And then there's the matter of it being "groundbreaking." On Star Trek, that word can mean just about anything.
Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for a July 22nd, 2016 release.