The cast of the next, still-untitled Star Trek film is quickly assembling. Following word last month that Idris Elba is in talks to play the film’s villain comes word that Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, best known for her recent appearance as the blades-for-legs femme fatale assassin Gazalle in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, has signed on for a mystery role!
The film is set to feature the return of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two films, is producing the third film in the rebooted franchise. Justin Lin, four-time The Fast and the Furious director, is set to direct from a script by Pegg and Doug Jung.
Paramount Pictures has Star Trek 3 scheduled for a July 8, 2016 release, which happens to be exactly two months to the day before the franchise’s 50th Anniversary. Although it wasn’t the first episode produced, “The Man Trap,” in which the crew of the Enterprise encounters a deadly shapeshifting salt vampire, introduced the world to “Star Trek” on September 8, 1966.