Yesterday, we got to hear a bit more about Star Trek 3 as co-writer and star of the sequel Simon Pegg begins to make his press rounds for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which hits theaters this summer. We now know that Idris Elba, rumored to be the villain, is playing a character never before seen in the franchise. Today, we get word of the official title, which also points to the fact that this J.J. Abrams-less sequel is moving away from the ideas and themes set up in the first two reboots, which altered the original 1966 series' timeline. If we're to believe this latest rumor, the official title of Star Trek 3 is Star Trek Beyond.
TrekMovie.com notes that Paramount Pictures has recently registered the title of Star Trek Beyond with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). They believe that this indicates the movie will involve deep space exploration, which has been hinted at for some time. The movie is said to pick up a few years after Star Trek Into Darkness, with the Enterprise well into their 5 year mission to explore strange new worlds. Simon Pegg, who is still feverishly working on the screenplay, had this to say in an early interview:
"It's a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that's where we want to take it. Where no man has gone before - where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that's the mood at the moment."
Star Trek Beyond is set to return Chris Pine to the captain's chair as James T. Kirk, along with other returning cast members that include Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin. Idris Elba isn't the only new cast member either, with Sofia Boutella taking on a lead role that has not yet been revealed. Justin Lin, who brought the Fast & Furious franchise back from the brink of death and turned it into one of today's most lucrative series, will helm this next space adventure. Simon Pegg is writing the script alongside Doug Jung. The pair previously collaborated on the Mission: Impossible movies together.