Production on “Star Trek 3” is picking up pace, with the confirmed addition of “Fast and Furious” star Joe Taslim to its cast. Taslim will be joining the shooting for “Star Trek Beyond” in Vancouver and later in Seoul with the franchise stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba, John Cho and Zoe Saldana. Read on for more details.
The Indonesian martial-artist’s presence in the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond” was confirmed by Hollywood Reporter on Friday, July 24. For Taslim, who has previously played the villainous Jah in “Fast and Furious 6,” this is going to be his second Hollywood Film.
Other notable roles include the Indonesian cult hit movie, “The Raid: Redemption,” where he took down a mountain of baddies as Jaka, a police officer. The 34-year-old actor practices a wide array of martial arts like Pencak, Silat, Wushu, Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan, and has won several Judo championships.
Actors Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and Johnny Cho will also reprise their roles from the previous movie “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Joining them this time are newcomers Sofia Boutella from “Kingsman: the Secret Service” and Idris Elba of “The Wire” fame.
Idris Elba reportedly plays the Klingon antagonist, although specific details are being kept under wraps by the production team. But it is known that the 43-year-old star is an avid Trekkie and a long time fan of Spock. In an exclusive interview with TV3 earlier this year, he spoke about his enthusiasm for shooting scenes with Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the franchise.
“Star Trek Beyond” is set to release on July 8, 2016. It is being directed by another “Fast and Furious” alumnus and director for the last three movies in that franchise, Justin Lin. Previous director J. J. Abrams has retained his involvement in the project as producer. This film is being produced by Paramount Studios.
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