Sofia Boutella Joins Star Trek 3 as Ilia?
Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sofia Boutella has joined the cast of director Justin Lin’s Star Trek 3.
Boutella is best known for playing Gazelle, a femme fatale assassin with blades-for-legs.
The Algerian dancer-turned-actress has potentially signed on for the role of Lieutenant Ilia. 'Star Trek' fans will remember the character who made her first appearance in 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' (1979) played by the late Indian actress Persis Khambatta.
Ilia, is a member of a bald race of empathic beings known as "Deltan."
Boutella joins Idris Elba, as the film’s villain, along with the return of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Paramount Pictures has slated 'Star Trek 3' for release date on July 8, 2016.