STAR TREK BEYOND
The reboot crew gear up for their five- year mission
Key intel on the Trek threequel.
In like Lin
With JJ Abrams now adding lens flare to a galaxy far, far away – though still very much producing – the new hands on the Star Trek wheel are those of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. Paramount are hoping Lin’ll bring the nitropowered action- nous that propelled Fast & Furious into this decade’s biggest sleeper franchise.
This isn’t going to be a bad cover version of an earlier, better Star Trek movie. Beyond will see the USS Enterprise embarking into fresh territory as it sets out on its fabled five- year mission: “to explore new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations and boldly go where no man has gone before.” Or something along those lines.
Fans can expect their slice of gold to come fried. Simon Pegg doubles up his front- of- camera responsibilities with some scriptwriting duties too, along with Doug Jung. Earlier drafts of Beyond had been rejected for being a little bit too, well, Trekkie, so the personable Pegg’s been drafted in to make the movie more accessible to the Federation averse: expect a massive, fun and funny adventure in fresh, strange lands away from Starfleet’s politicking ( with a splash of Klingons).
Back on board
There are no changes on the bridge of the USS Enterprise: the whole cast is back for a third run out, from Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto right down to Scotty’s pal Keenser and Kirk’s pal Carol Marcus. But this isn’t going to be a rerun of the Kirk and Spock bromance. With the captain’s dedication to exploring virgin territory leading his attentions elsewhere, the likes of Spock and Dr McCoy will get time to get to know each other. It’s unlikely this will make them get on better, though.
The future’s female
Perhaps to make up for Darkness’ gratuitous- skimpies fail, Abrams has pushed for new female characters. The biggest addition turned up in that leaked green- screen crash- landing footage ( along with the crew’s nifty new Star‑Lord jackets): a bleached- out alien ( played by Kingsman’s Sofia Boutella, below), whose athletic abilities will come in handy should the crew just happen to find themselves in a rough spot. The second of these roles will be giving Bones a real reason to be grouchy: the soon to be ex- Mrs Leonard McCoy ( Lydia Wilson). The third is the president of the whole goddamn United Federation of Planets – expect a big name making the most of a short amount of screentime.
This is a Bad Robot production so plot info has been locked down tighter than a Tribble’s bumhole. It’s a lock that Idris Elba is playing the Big Bad, though rumours that this character will be a Klingon have been denied – which, if you remember the whole John Harrison/ Khan shenanigans, probably means he is. Or isn’t.
When to expectit?
Star Trek Beyond opens on 22 July 2016.
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not somethi ng I was pushed into … I’m sure in 30 years I’ll be
even more proud of it .” Alice Eve gives her version of what happened with that
underwear scene in Star Trek Into Darkness.