The third installment of the rebooted Star Trek movies is coming July 22, and Paramount has decided to give fans an early holiday treat with the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond.
With J.J. Abrams doing his Star Wars thing, the rebooted Star Trek films get Justin Lin’s direction for the third movie Star Trek Beyond. And, with the release of a first trailer, it has a Fast and Furious feel to it.
The main cast and crew all make their return in time to see the Enterprise destroyed by what appears to be a swarm of thousands of small ships (thanks, Zontar). The crew gets scattered and the movie seems to follow them as they try to reunite. Idris Elba takes on the mantle of the newest Star Trek villain, hardly recognizable in alien makeup. And Kingsmen: The Secret Service‘s Sofia Boutella shows up as a friendly alien with similar markings to a white-faced Darth Maul.
The screenplay is written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the rebooted films. From the trailer it looks like much of the movie will be more planetside than previous films, perhaps an attempt to be less techy and more appealing to the masses.
“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them,” Pegg said in an interview earlier this year. “I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y.”
He said the goal of this script was to “make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent.”
Add in the direction of Lin, who did Fast & Furious 6, and we get a film that may have more of a film that recalls the James T. Kirk shows of the 60’s than the recent shows or films. The timing couldn’t be better for that, though, as next year marked the 50th anniversary of original the TV series.