Published On: Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

Lydia Wilson joins ‘Star Trek Beyond’ cast

As the third new Star Trek film rolls through production, Star Trek Beyond has reportedly added another member to the cast: Lydia Wilson.

“Known for her roles in British TV and theater, Wilson broke out as Domhnall Gleeson’s lovable, trouble-making sister, Kit Kat, in Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy About Time. She can also be seen in the BBC America show Ripper Street and was just seen in the play Charles the Third, writes Variety, breaking the news.

Wilson joins Joe Taslim and Idris Elba, who been cast as an undisclosed villain, as newscomers to the returning cast of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg — all set to reprise their roles from previous films.

About Time movie banner“Paramount and Skydance had no comment on casting. Pegg and Doug Jung are writing the script for the pic…” Variety reported.

As JJ Abrams moved on to direct the first new Star Wars film, Beyond will be helmed by Justin Lin, is slated for a July 8, 2016 release.

Lin has hinted that Elba’s role being a totally new species of villain:

“It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.”

He also confirmed longstanding rumors that the film begins the “Five year mission to explore space…”:

“…They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for 50 years.”

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