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Published On: Tue, Aug 4th, 2015

‘Fast & Furious’ star Joe Taslim cast in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Trekkies got a bit more news as Star Trek Beyond adding Joe Taslim of Fast & Furious 6 and The Raid: Redemption joining the ensemble cast with fellow newcomers Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. 

Taslim’s role is being kept under wraps, like most of the details surrounding the film. THR reports that it as “a key part opposite Elba, who plays a villain.” The script is by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung is expected to begin Enterprise’s five-year mission to explore space.

Pegg has suggested Paramount wants Star Trek Beyond to be “less Star Trek-y,” which could mean to “make western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent.”
Shooting on Star Trek Beyond is already underway in Vancouver with stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, and John Cho reprising their roles from the last two Star Trek movies.

Taslim previously worked with Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin in Fast & Furious 6, where he played one of the villains working alongside Luke Evans. He gained international attention as playing a Jakarta police officer in Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption.

Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 8, 2016 corresponding with the 50th anniversary of the original TV series.

"Star Trek Beyond" cast photo

“Star Trek Beyond” cast photo

 

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