(A 'kickass' new character.)

By Darren Franich
Updated April 23, 2015 at 03:59 PM EDT
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The next Star Trek begins filming this summer, with an eye toward a July 2016 release date. Which explains why we’re finally starting to get official-ish details about the production. We already learned that the movie will maybe-probably-possibly be called Star Trek Beyond. And now, co-writer Simon Pegg has vaguely confirmed that beloved casting rumor Idris Elba will maybe-probably have a role in the new Trek film.

Pegg, who is currently co-writing the film’s script with Doug Jung, tells MTV, “Idris is an extraordinary actor and we’re trying to write him a kickass role.” It appears that the role will be wholly original, too. “We don’t need to keep bumping into the same five people,” says Pegg, perhaps remembering that fun year when he had to keep saying the name “John Harrison” in interviews. “It’s a massive universe!”

The writer/actor did qualify that he doesn’t necessarily know if Elba has officially signed on for the movie—”I read these things on the Internet”—but at least now we definitely know that Pegg wants Idris Elba to star in his movie, just like every other screenwriter in Hollywood right now.

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