Idris: It's cool to be a Trekkie

6th Jul 15 | Entertainment News

Idris Elba is glad he has some scenes with Spock actor Zachary Quinto in the new Star Trek film.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba was a Trekkie growing up.

The term means an avid Star Trek fan, with the hit 60s franchise enjoying a popularity surge in recent years thanks to the big-screen versions starring Chris Pine.

Idris has started work on the third film, Star Trek Beyond, which reunites stars Chris, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto. The Luther actor will be playing a villain and is loving his time on set.

"Almost everyone was a Trekkie, really, weren't they? I wouldn't say I was a hardcore one but I definitely watched that show a million times," Idris told British newspaper Metro.

"Spock was probably my favourite character - and in this one I have some scenes with Zachary Quinto [who plays Spock]."

Since bursting on to the scene in US show The Wire, Idris has had a varied career. He has seven new projects currently in production, including voicing Tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's Jungle Book.

He recently joked to Radio Times that the only time he's planning on slowing down is when he dies.

"I think for the last five years my career has really intensified and I'm a career person, so I'm going to ride that wave - and then I'll slow down because my body will tell me to relax a bit more," he said.

"But there are loads of roles I'd like to play - as an actor I'm still growing. As long as I have an audience that enjoys watching me, I'll keep on doing it. I'm never going to stop acting, I love it too much. I just want to keep the variety there."

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