Yesterday, fans got their first official look at the highly-anticipated Star Trek Beyond when the trailer debuted. The action-packed footage gave us a sneak peek at the nefarious villain, played by Idris Elba, along with the rest of our favorite crew members from the U.S.S. Enterprise, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). Shortly after the trailer debuted, director Justin Lin held a roundtable interview with several press outlets, including /Film, where he offered some new insight into the footage, adding that there were other versions that didn't make the cut which were longer. He hopes the footage represents the risks they're taking with this sequel.
"Well, its a minute and a half, you know... And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as, 'Oh.' But with trailers you're putting a two-hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, whether we are successful or not, I don't know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon (Pegg) and Doug (Jung), passion for the franchise will be there regardless. So however it's presented, yeah it's a minute and a half, and my challenge to everyone making the trailer is about saying let's not go off course, I'm not afraid to share - share it, I feel like we have the goods in a two-hour run and you really do get to know the characters and hopefully the journey is great. I love it and the cast did an amazing job and the crew... and the inside baseball version of the creation of this Trek was pretty condensed in how you usually make a movie of this size. And I wanted us to be bold, I wanted us to take chances and hopefully in a minute and a half we are able to convey that."
This adventure takes place during the U.S.S. Enterprise's five-year journey to explore new life and civilizations, but the trailer shows that they are in quite a bit of trouble, with a damaged ship and Kirk stranded on an unknown planet. The trailer also gives us our first glimpse at the villain, who the director revealed is named Krall, played by Idris Elba. The director explained that this character is not a Klingon, but one of the new species the Enterprise crew discovers. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about this new enemy to the Federation.
"When [Idris] came in, he had a lot of [prospective] projects and when I talked to him about this character, it wasn't about this or that it was about building or having a philosophy or point of view. And I like his character because his character is really challenging the way of the Federation's philosophy and there are a lot of things that when I was growing up I wanted to see. It was just really embracing the idea that the Federation, what would happen if you were going on a five-year journey and you're trying to also not only explore, but also maybe introduce other people to this way of thinking. What would that mean? What are the consequences to that? I mean, spreading a philosophy that you believe in that you think is great, are there gonna be any other points of views that's gonna counter you? And I think that those are the things that I thought of as a kid. And also then as an adult when I watch Star Trek. And I think we got to kind of explore that a little bit."
The footage opens with the U.S.S. Enterprise under attack by unknown forces, as Kirk escapes to an unknown planet by himself. While there is still very little we know about Krall and his alien forces, he does say in the trailer that "this is where the frontier pushes back." Justin Lin hinted that Krall's alien forces are quite large, and that this story explores themes from the original Star Trek TV series.
"I grew up and Star Trek has a very 1960s sensibility of who has the bigger ship usually wins, right? And if you look at it, the attack, these ships are 40 feet long. And but there's like 4,000 of them. And so I think even in the way they're being encountered and how people are coming is it's you can't help but, I mean, we live in a world that is ever evolving. And I think that that's always made Star Trek sci-fi great is when you're able to at least acknowledge what's happening today."
Justin Lin took the directorial reigns over from J.J. Abrams, who remained on board as a producer while he was directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Justin Lin revealed that Simon Pegg came up with the actual title Star Trek Beyond, which was inspired by the director's conversations with J.J. Abrams. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the title's origins.
"He kind of tracked me down and we're talking and I didn't know what to expect. I thought maybe he was offering to go shoot a script that existed and he said, no, it's yours. Go and be bold. And just take it. Be bold and make it what you think you would do to Star Trek. And the more we talked about it, the more we kept saying, well let's keep pushing. Let's keep pushing. And that's when Simon kind of said, well it should be Star Trek Beyond. And it was his idea. And it was kind of came from all our conversations. And we looked at each other and like oh, that sounds like the title of this film."
Many fans noticed that, right away, the trailer featured a callback to J.J. Abrams' first Star Trek film in 2009, with the use of the Beastie Boys song Sabotage. The song was featured in an early scene from the reboot, where young Kirk (Jimmy Bennett) steals his stepfather's car, while blasting this hit song. Here's what Justin Lin had to say about bringing this track back for Star Trek Beyond.
"It's in the DNA of this canon. It was in the '09 Trek, and we went through different iterations of the teaser and I wanted to make sure whatever here is using all the elements from the film. It's been a part of this Kirk's journey and so I felt it was very organic, and it will ultimately be in the finished film."
Other new cast members coming aboard for Star Trek Beyond include Sofia Boutella, Lydia Wilson and Joe Taslim. Justin Lin is directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Paramount has already set a July 22, 2016 release date for this sequel, which will also coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series. What do you think about these new details?