The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the third film set in the revised Trek universe established by J.J. Abrams’ and the thirteenth film overall in the Star Trek film franchise debuted online last week.
The trailer was originally planned to be released at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens but since the trailer (German Language version) got leaked onto YouTube on the morning of 13 the December. Paramount Pictures decided to release the trailer on 14th December.
The official synopsis plot for the film reads
‘’The USS Enterprise crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk, have been attacked by a powerful unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, who destroy the Enterprise, leaving them stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy, while finding a way to get off the planet.’’
The movie stars once again Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprising their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin reprising their roles from the previous film. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella will also join the film’s principal cast.
The minute-and-a-half-long trailer is set to the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” while Kirk is doing a motocross jump and a twirling mid-air transport, the Enterprise encounters some swarms or some kind of life form, and the ship is extremely damaged, kung-fu kicking aliens, phaser battles, extremely easy use of transporter, crews have been stranded are just some of the things we see in this very fast paced trailer.
None of these things are particularly Star Trek in nature and in the end it feels more like another film series.
The reason of this might be the fact that J.J Abrams was pretty busy making Star Wars The Force Awakens, so this time around the new film is directed by Justin Lin, who is the director who swooped in to The Fast and Furious franchise.
The first look on the venerable franchise was largely attacked by fans this week for relying too heavily on action sequences and even writer/actor for the film Simon Pegg has joined fans critical of the trailer for his new film, saying the marketing for Star Trek Beyond makes it look less than stellar.
“I didn’t love it, because I know there’s a lot more to the film,” Pegg told a reporter from Hey U Guys during a red carpet interview at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “There’s a lot more story and a lot more character stuff, and a lot more, what I would call ‘Star Trek stuff’”.
Hopefully the second trailer will return to form and will ease the fans of the beloved franchise.
As for what to expect in the new movie Simon Pegg already denied that Idris Elba would play a Klingon in the upcoming movie, but fans remain skeptical after what happened on the previous film, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” when it was rumored Benedict Cumberbatch would play Khan, but everyone denied it and … in the end … spoiler alert…turns out he was Khan!