Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Star Trek Casting Call

This week it was announced that actor Idris Elba has been cast in the upcoming film Star Trek 3: The Trekening. No one is quite sure exactly what role Elba will be playing, but it's rumored he'll be a Klingon in the film. Actor Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the revamped films and is also writing the third installment, has adamantly denied these rumors. 

Oy gevalt. Here we go again!

You'll no doubt recall the whole Khan debacle that surrounded Star Trek Into Darkness a couple of years ago. When the film's first trailer was released, fans immediately assumed that actor Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Khan, the role originated on TV by Ricardo Montalban. 

Director JJ Abrams emphatically denied that Cumberbatch was playing Khan, assuring fans he'd be playing someone named John Harrison instead. Of course it turned out that Abrams was lying through his lying teeth, and Cumberbatch was indeed Khan in the ersatz remake of the best of the Star Trek films.

One can't help but wonder if Pegg is now lying as well, and Elba really is starring as a Klingon in the new movie.

But what if for once someone involved in these films is actually telling the truth? It's a stretch, I know, but it's slightly possible. If  Elba isn't a portraying a Klingon, then who is he playing?

Obviously there's only one answer. In a masterstroke of the color-blind, all-inclusive and diverse casting that's rampant in the film industry today, Idris Elba will be playing Edith Keeler, Captain Kirk's love interest in a film version of the popular episode The City On The Edge Of Forever. It's the only possible answer.

You heard it here first!

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