Continuing through the season of summer blockbusters, July hopes to deliver some of 2016’s biggest and most compelling stories. That being said, outside of a few notable exceptions – Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War, and The Conjuring 2 – summer 2016 sequels have not exactly been hitting it out of the park from either a critical or commercial perspective. Less than two weeks away from its release, however, the third installment in the rebooted sci-fi franchise, Star Trek Beyond, hopes to buck that trend.

Just days away from audiences finally being able to see the film for themselves, anticipation is growing as Star Trek Beyond‘s marketing push appears to be in full swing. Numerous television spots, along with the movie’s latest theatrical trailer featuring Rihanna’s latest single “Sledgehammer,” show off some intriguing images, tease a few emotional plot points, and reveal a handful of intense action sequences, but in this latest sneak peek at the film, it appears as though it is the villain that gets the spotlight.

Star Trek Beyond‘s latest behind-the-scenes featurette focuses on Idris Elba’s portrayal of the film’s big baddie and teases potential motivation. The acclaimed British actor claims in Paramount Picture’s latest reveal that the sequel’s new villain Krall is “very complex.” Elba goes on to address the character’s intimidating nature by saying “When you meet him you go ‘Oh, he’s a bad guy.'” The franchise’s newest star also talks about the character’s backstory, and even hints at his reasoning for opposing Kirk and the rest of the crew on board the U.S.S. Enterprise: “He is damaged, but there is some empathy towards him. We want to understand why he’s got such beef with the federation.”

star trek beyond zoe saldana idris elba krall Star Trek Beyond Video: Idris Elba Introduces Villain Krall

Also giving their take on Star Trek Beyond‘s threatening new antagonist are director Justin Lin, writer and star Simon Pegg, and Captain Kirk himself – Chris Pine. All of them reiterate the fact that Elba’s nefarious character is as intimidating as he is interesting. In addition to these brief interview sound bites, the video offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the movie’s action sequences and choreography.

Idris Elba is asserting himself as one of Hollywood’s premiere talents and looks to be a great addition to the Star Trek franchise. Recently proving himself as a threatening yet sympathetic villain – voicing Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book – it appears as though the 43-year-old British actor can add depth and gravitas to whichever role he tackles.

Still, even with the release of this featurette, fans still know very little about Krall and his role in Star Trek Beyond. With 2016 featuring a slew of disappointing sequels already, it appears as though Trekkies will have to trust in the talents of Idris Elba and company.

Star Trek Beyond will arrive in U.S. theaters on July 22, 2016.

Source: Paramount Pictures

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