Idris Explains His Alien Villain: Krall

“Watching the Enterprise crash and burn, I felt like I was destroying a legacy,” says Idris Elba. The Emmy-nominated actor plays Krall, an alien reptile determined to bring down the Federation in Star Trek Beyond, released on July 22. Described by Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) as a “nihilist,” Krall objects to the expansion of the United Federation of Planets, defended by Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Elba, who also stars in Finding Dory, sees his character as more than a match for Kirk. If Kirk is the naive fish Dory, Elba has said, then Krall is Jaws.

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