BE­YOND

THE NEXT FRON­TIER... Nick Setchfield beams up ev­ery­thing we know about Trek's 50th an­niver­sary block­buster

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The man en­gag­ing thrusters on the 50th an­niver­sary Star Trek ad­ven­ture is Justin Lin, best known for helm­ing the bil­lion dol­lar, car-shred­ding may­hem of the Fast & Fu­ri­ous fran­chise. “In­vari­ably there’s go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent vibe when you re­move some­one as gre­gar­i­ous and out­go­ing and tal­ented as JJ [Abrams],” says star Zachary Quinto. “But Justin has come in with this really in­ter­est­ing and con­fi­dent en­ergy that’s a lit­tle bit more re­served and a lit­tle bit qui­eter, but also very pow­er­ful and really sure-handed.” While JJ Abrams freely con­fessed his heart be­longed to the Force, Lin is a life­long Trekkie. “All my friends were Star

Wars kids but I didn’t go to the movies so I was the Star Trek kid.” Ac­cept­ing the di­rec­tor’s chair was, he says, “a very per­sonal and emo­tional de­ci­sion.”

Si­mon Pegg earned a pro­mo­tion from the en­gine room to pen the screen­play with writer Doug Jung, whose cred­its in­clude TV shows Ban­shee and Dark Blue. The pair were drafted for screen­writ­ing du­ties af­ter Para­mount re­jected a pre­vi­ous screen­play co-writ­ten by Roberto Orci, orig­i­nally signed to direct. “I think the stu­dio were wor­ried that it might have been a lit­tle too

Star Trek-y,” says Pegg. Para­mount is chas­ing a more ac­ces­si­ble, main­stream-friendly take, one that can po­ten­tially emu­late Marvel-style box of­fice. “Peo­ple don’t see it be­ing a fun, brightly coloured, Satur­day night en­ter­tain­ment like

The Avengers,” says Pegg, who prom­ises “op­ti­mism and fun”, a tonal shift af­ter the fre­quently grim-tinged Into Dark­ness.

Pegg may have bona fide geek cre­den­tials but don’t ex­pect too many Trekkie-tick­ling call­backs. “I have to abide by cer­tain rules and do right by the orig­i­nal se­ries, and not be too post­mod­ern with it and not be too aware of it­self,” he tells Col­lider. “I have to try and take on the spirit of the show, rather than fill it with stuff that peo­ple will just go, ‘Oh yeah, that’s from episode some­thing or other.’ It’s more than that.” As its ti­tle im­plies, Star Trek Be­yond re­turns to Gene Rod­den­berry’s orig­i­nal five-year mis­sion state­ment, em­pha­sis­ing the fi­nal fron­tier spirit of the clas­sic se­ries. While the last two films strug­gled to es­cape the grav­i­ta­tional pull of planet Earth, this one prom­ises to truly chart strange new worlds, seek­ing out new life and new civil­i­sa­tions. “It’s all new and fresh,” says Lin. “The Klin­gons, Ro­mu­lans and other species are great but it’s time to go fur­ther. It has been fun to fo­cus on cre­at­ing whole new worlds and species.” It’s been a tran­swarp scram­ble to get this in­stal­ment of Trek cin­ema to the screen in time. Pegg and Jung started work on their re­place­ment screen­play only six months be­fore film­ing was set to be­gin, when the movie was al­ready close to a stage of pre-pro­duc­tion that de­manded fi­nalised de­sign work and locked-down set­pieces. “Making a movie of this size with the time that was avail­able to us is kinda in­sane but you can ei­ther fight it or just em­brace it,” says Lin of the last minute prepa­ra­tion needed. “I come from the in­die world and I feel like we’re making the big­gest bud­get in­die film of all time.”

The Spock/Bones ban­ter quota will in­crease. Zachary Quinto re­veals that he shares the ma­jor­ity of his screen­time with Karl Ur­ban’s Doc­tor McCoy. “Those char­ac­ters are so di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed that it’ll be nice to see them

in­ter­act­ing,” he tells The Tele­graph. What are the odds on a “god­damned green-blooded hob­gob­lin” or two?

Quinto is mind­ful of the fact that this is his first time play­ing Spock since the pass­ing of Leonard Ni­moy. “For me there is an­other un­der­cur­rent in this film which is to truly hon­our my dear friend and carry on the legacy that he worked so hard to cre­ate.”

Join­ing the re­turn­ing cast is Idris Elba – not play­ing a Klin­gon, de­spite ru­mours that the Luther main man was all set to rock a bat’leth. “I think Star Trek has prided them­selves on be­ing quite clas­sic when it comes to vil­lains,” he tells MTV, “like ‘he’s a guy who wants to end the world,’… But in this version of the film there’s a slightly dif­fer­ent twist to that. It’s quite an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney, which I think is ground­break­ing for the fran­chise. But it still keeps with the ‘clas­sic bad guy is a clas­sic bad guy’ tone.” The new trailer hints that Elba will be buried be­neath blue pros­thet­ics in the movie. Also on­board is Sofia Boutella, best known for her scene-steal­ing turn as the lethal, blade-footed as­sas­sin in

Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice. She’s play­ing a chalk-white alien from a race we’ve never en­coun­tered be­fore. She’s joined by ac­tor and mar­tial artist Joe Taslim, who worked with Justin Lin on Fast & Fu­ri­ous 6. Prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy kicked off on 25 June in Van­cou­ver. The crew filmed ex­te­ri­ors among the trees and boul­ders of Squamish, a pop­u­lar out­door ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion just out­side the city – shades of Kirk’s rock-climb­ing an­tics in Star Trek V:

The Fi­nal Fron­tier? – be­fore mov­ing to the Pitt River Quar­ries.

In Oc­to­ber the pro­duc­tion de­camped to Dubai for an in­ten­sive 13-day shoot that made use of the Mid­dle East me­trop­o­lis’s un­earthly hi-tech sky­line. Dubai looks like “what­ever tomorrow would be,” en­thuses Chris Pine. “We came look­ing for the fu­ture and we found it,” agrees pro­ducer Jef­frey Ch­er­nov, who dan­gled Tom Cruise from the city’s tallest tower in Mis­sion:

Im­pos­si­ble – Ghost Pro­to­col. The Dubai shoot in­volved the crashed hull of a Con­sti­tu­tion Class star­ship. Could the En­ter­prise be in line for an­other almighty in­sur­ance claim? She’s cer­tainly suf­fer­ing some se­ri­ous dam­age in the trailer… Se­ri­ous enough for the crew to eject in es­cape pods by the look of it. Is the fran­chise’s flag­ship set to re­play the same fate that be­fell her in the orig­i­nal third Trek movie,

The Search For Spock?

One set pic­ture re­vealed a me­mo­rial plaque for the crew of sis­ter star­ship the USS York­town, seen in clas­sic se­ries episode “Ob­ses­sion” and Star Trek IV: The

Voy­age Home. It was also Rod­den­berry’s orig­i­nal choice of name for the En­ter­prise.

Starfleet’s tweaked its wardrobe for this ad­ven­ture. Gone is the fish-scale ef­fect on the crew tu­nics – ac­tu­ally hun­dreds of tiny Starfleet in­signia – re­placed by a smoother fab­ric closer to the one used in the ’60s show. The new tops come with a high-col­lared black un­der­shirt, re­call­ing Spock’s look in Star Trek:

The Mo­tion Pic­ture, and there are darker pan­els of fab­ric ei­ther side of the chest. Fe­male of­fi­cers now have long sleeves, fi­nally al­low­ing their rank to be dis­played. Kirk and Chekov have also been glimpsed in dash­ing new togs, wear­ing ribbed jack­ets that look like stream­lined ver­sions of the Ex­cur­sion gear from Star

Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Low-slung, thigh-strapped phaser hol­sters add a touch of swash­buck­ling Han Solo cool.

Michael Gi­acchino re­turns to score his third con­sec­u­tive Star Trek movie.

Star Trek Be­yond will be re­leased 22 July 2016, two months be­fore the fran­chise’s of­fi­cial golden an­niver­sary on 8 Septem­ber, 50 years since “The Man Trap” first took view­ers to the fi­nal fron­tier. It’s up against Guy Ritchie’s

King Arthur and Ice Age: Col­li­sion Course and po­si­tioned in the week be­tween the

Ghost­busters re­boot and Matt Da­mon’s re­turn to Bourne. Set box of­fice to stun!

Ev­ery­one was get­ting ex­cited for the Ga­lac­tic Tram­polin­ing Fi­nals. An older, wiser Kirk? Prob­a­bly not.

He can­nae change the laws of physics – but he can write the script. New life, new civil­i­sa­tions, and new alien species, it seems. Look­ing snug in a stylish new uni­form.

“Damn it, Jim!”

Still brings a tear to our eyes…

“But I just spent three years learn­ing Klin­gon!”

Nat­u­ral skin mark­ings, or just some dodgy tat­toos she woke up with af­ter a heavy night out?

He’s never hav­ing a good time, is he?

How much trou­ble does the helms­man get in if the ship crashes? “Who’re you look­ing at?”

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