Idris Elba’s villain in Star Trek Beyond stands revealed as the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals a first look as well as an interview with Elba.
In the interview, Elba offers up he is playing a character named Krall, who is not a Gorn, and is new to the Star Trek Universe.
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.
There’s some history that we explore, to understand why he feels the frontier needs to push back. There’s definitely an opposing argument to the good that the Federation think they do. There are purists that believe in independence, and believe that we’re all made differently for a reason, and will fight tooth and nail to defend that. There’s massive relatability to modern world politics in that sense.
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.
“Star Trek Beyond” has a July 22, 2016 release directed by Justin Lin starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba.