Updated with details from last night’s event. A new trailer for the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond was unveiled tonight during a fan event marking the 50th anniversary of Trek. The tonal opposite of the first trailer released a few months back, this one is all theme, emphasizing Captain Kirk’s uncertainty about his life, the exploration elements sorely lacking from the previous film, and the intense action leading to a very major spoiler. Clearly, the crew of the Enterprise has stumbled into the greatest danger of their career. Check it out above.
Earlier in the night, amid the tribute to all things Star Trek, Paramount and CBS’ took time out for an extended tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the original Mr. Spock who passed away in 2015 at age 83. Director Justin Lin and a number of the Beyond cast appeared in a short video, expressing the profound effect Nimoy has had on them, and the world at large. Then, on Paramount’s Stage 31 – one of the stages used to film the original Star Trek series – Star Trek Beyond co-stars Chris Pine and Karl Urban were joined by Nimoy’s successor Zachary Quinto, who has played Spock in the rebooted franchise since 2009.
A humbled Quinto gave Nimoy credit for keeping Trek alive over the years. “I don’t see how (the franchise) could have lasted this long without him, both as an actor and as a director,” he said. And as for Beyond, the first new Trek film made since Nimoy’s death, Quinto says Nimoy’s presence is very prominent. “I feel he’s more a part of this film the he was the other two. We’re so cognizant of his absence, but I think in the face of that, we all held him in our hearts so much more fully.” Following the tribute, the Beyond cast and crew joined their audience in a champagne toast to Nimoy, followed by the unveiling of the new Leonard Nimoy Way just outside the studio stage.
Next, along with the debut of the new trailer, director Justin Lin joined Mythbuster Adam Savage onstage to debut several never-before-seen clips from the film, rough cuts which are still being finished for visual effects. As the clips began, the camera moves smoothly through the USS Enterprise, finding its way to the core cast including Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Sulu (John Cho). Narration from Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk reveals that the crew is in the third year of their five-year mission to seek out new life etc etc, and at this point the days are beginning to blend together. “For me, it’s all beginning to feel a little episodic,” he says, a nod to the fact that Trek came to life first on weekly television.
Later, Kirk and Karl Urban’s Doctor McCoy celebrate Kirk’s birthday with some whisky and discuss the long shadow cast by Kirk’s father, George, seen dying in the opening scenes of Star Trek (2009) just as Kirk was born. Bones tells Kirk he’s been living in his father’s shadow long enough, and that it’s time to find out who Jim is. Familial drama falls into the background, though, as hundreds of comet-like objects emerge in the darkness of space, swarming the Enterprise and forcing Kirk’s crew to evacuate. You can see that and several hints at the story to come in the trailer.
But that’s not all. A swell new poster for the film was also been let out into the wild.
Love how retro it feels.
Justin Lin is directing, taking over from JJ Abrams and – Paramount surely hopes – working his magic the same way he did when he took over Universal’s Fast & Furious in that franchise’s third outing. The last installment, Star Trek Into Darkness was not well received and Lin has spent the better part of the year since coming aboard Beyond talking up his Trek bona fides to reassure fans that he gets it. As part of that, Simon Pegg, who plays Montgomery Scott in the series and is himself a huge Trek nerd, was also tapped to write the script along with Doug Jung, (which was also written with contributions by, Roberto Orci, John D. Payne, and Patrick McKay).
Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Pegg, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin.