When the credits rolled on 2002's Star Trek Nemesis, many fans of the franchise (and the movie going public at large) sensed that, maybe after all this time, the whole thing had run its course. But call it a reboot, call it an alternative timeline, call it whatever you like, J.J. Abrams 2009 outing and its subsequent sequel mean Trek will still be relevant when it celebrates its upcoming 50th birthday. That's half a century of engaging the warp drive, beaming people up, making it so, and planting a big wet one of green women. For all that's come between, Star Trek started with James Kirk leading us all merrily across the universe, and in 2015 that's where it'll all pick up again. But with the studio keen to ensure the anniversary is marked with a theatrical release, they've taken the production up to Warp 9 in an attempt to get it ready in time. Abrams has been moved to a Producer role, and the writing team is now being helmed by geek-in-chief Simon Pegg. Beyond that, almost nothing is known, save for some news this week that Idris Elba has been approached to play the film's main villain. Naturally, that's set faces to stun, as rumours abound over which space-faring menace the Luther actor could be likely to play. Checking back through the source material, as well as some educated guess work, throws up a number of interesting propositions.