The re­boot crew gear up for their five- year mis­sion

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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.

Boldly Go­ing

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.

Outer Spaced

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.

Evil Elba

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.

do n’t quo te me “That was my de­ci­sio n. That was

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.

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