Prolific actor and scriptwriter, Simon Pegg, found himself, by a stroke of luck, co-authoring the script of the upcoming Paramount movie, Star Trek 3, scheduled to open in theaters on July 8, 2016, according to Cinema Blend and other media sources. Simon Pegg played the role of Scotty, the iconic engineer aboard the Enterprise, in both Star Trek in 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness from 2013, and he will reprise the role in the as-yet-untitled Star Trek 3.
Simon Pegg also co-wrote, with director Edgar Wright, the screenplays for flicks such as Shaun Of The Dead from 2004, Hot Fuzz, which came out in 2007, and The World’s End from 2013. Simon Pegg starred in each of these flicks, and other movies that he helped to co-write scripts for, like Run Fatboy Run from 2007, and Paul, which came out in 2011. Simon Pegg will be in the upcoming Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation movie, returning as the Q-like sidekick Benji Dunn. He will star alongside Tom Cruise, who will be reprising his role of Ethan Hunt.
The actor, comedian, and scriptwriter, Simon Pegg, stated in an interview with Collider that he wanted to stay true to the original TV series and show it respect, while not too blatantly referring to the plots of specific episodes. Pegg wants to remain true to the spirit of the TV series, while adding his own take to it. Simon Pegg realizes the enormity of co-writing the screenplay, as there are legions of loyal Star Trek fans around the world who expect only the best and are hyper-critical of anything that is less.
Simon Pegg got the honor of sharing the duty of co-writing the script through a stroke of luck, as some of the major figures who were originally going to be working on the movie left for various reasons. For example, J.J. Abrams, the director of the first two Star Trek movies, split so that he could lend his talents to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Robert Orci got the job of writing the screenplay, as he had for the first two Star Trek movies, and he was also going to be the director. However, he had creative issues with Paramount, so the movie studio searched elsewhere for a scriptwriter. Simon Pegg and Bad Robot producer, Bryan Burk, met and talked about the upcoming Star Trek movie, and they hit it off. Burk then offered Simon Pegg the job of co-writing the script with Doug jung. The screenplay will reportedly be finished by June.
Besides the news that Simon Pegg is co-writing the script for the upcoming Star Trek 3 flick, there have been persistent rumors floating around that actor Idris Elba, 42, has been tapped to play the movie’s main villain, who reportedly will be a Klingon. If Elba does accept the role, he will probably be unrecognizable underneath all of the make-up and brow ridges that distinguish Klingons from other alien races, like Michael Dorn was, when he played Worf in the Star Trek spin-off, Star Trek: The Next Generation.
More good news about the upcoming Star Trek 3 movie, which Simon Pegg is co-writing the screenplay for, is that the main cast has already signed up to be in the third film, according to Paramount Pictures, so actors Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine will all be returning. If Idris Elba also signs up to be the villain of the movie, that will be sure to increase the buzz for the newest movie in the franchise. Simon Pegg’s landing the job of co-writing the script might have been lucky, but he is a very talented actor and writer. The movie’s director will be Justin Lin, who previously has directed blockbusters like Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and The Fast & the Furious 6.
Written By Douglas Cobb