'Unity is not your strength!' taunts new Star Trek Beyond villain Krall played by acclaimed actor Idris Elba. The U.S.S. Enterprise crew is ripped apart at the seams by this hovering threat. But Kirk and Spock unite to reform their team in the latest TV spot released by Paramount Pictures. What's interesting to note about these latest previews is that, while ever other crew member is accounted for, recently deceased cast mate Anton Yelchin, who reprises his role as Chekhov for the third and final time, is noticeably absent from all of them. Maybe the studio doesn't want to remind audiences of the tragedy. Yet at the same time, fans would like to see the actor remembered properly. Perhaps the movie will be dedicated in his honor when it arrives in a few weeks on July 22.

Star Trek Beyond, the highly anticipated next installment in Paramount's globally popular Star Trek series, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In Star Trek 3, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. The movie comes as the franchise celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek series, which debuted in the fall of 1966.

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It has been confirmed that Star Trek Beyond will be set during the U.S.S. Enterprise's five-year mission to explore new worlds. 2009's Star Trek took in $257.7 million at the domestic box office and $385.6 million worldwide, with the 2013 follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness taking in $228.7 million domestically and $467.3 million worldwide. We'll have to wait and see if Star Trek Beyond can out-gross its predecessors this summer. It certainly won't be an easy task, though since this sci-fi thriller will have plenty of competition in mid-July.

Star Trek Beyond will be going up against Warner Bros.' thriller Lights Out and 20th Century Fox's animated sequel Ice Age: Collision Course in theaters on July 22. It will also be sandwiched between two more highly-anticipated movies, Sony's Ghostbusters on July 15 and Universal's Jason Bourne on July 29. It's too early to tell how well these movies will fare at the box office, but the anticipation for Star Trek Beyond only seems to be getting bigger and bigger, after the release of the new trailer last week.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance's Star Trek Beyond is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoë Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Chekov and Idris Elba as the new villain Krall. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber and Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon the Star Trek TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Pegg & Doug Jung. Take a look at this latest sneak peek courtesy of Youtube. Will Star Trek Beyond be able to avoid the sequel slump that has hit other big franchises this summer? Or will it fail to live up to expectations?

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