‘Star Trek Beyond’ Plot Details Revealed by Simon Pegg and Justin Lin

By April 22, 2016

The plot and story of this year’s Star Trek Beyond has remained under heavy lock and key over the past few months, with the initial teaser trailer revealing very little and the cast and crew remaining about as tight-lipped as if J.J. Abrams were still directing it. Even if we did just get some juicy details about Idris Elba’s mysterious villain recently.

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Star Trek as well, an enormous amount of pressure is being put upon the film’s shoulder to be worthy of coming out this year, and to make sure that it honors the same ideals and aspects of the property, that has made it live on for so long.

While recently speaking with Empire as well, Simon Pegg (who not only stars in the film, but also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Doug Jung) revealed some interesting new story details about the film, including what leads to Kirk and the Enterprise crew to the mysterious planet that the film takes place on:

“They’ve come to rest at a Federation outpost, a sort of diplomatic hub.”

Unfortunately, the peaceful stay doesn’t last long, as Idris Elba’s Krall assaults the crew with his own form of violence. As to the crew’s moral dilemmas this time around?

“What’s the point of it all? We’re gathering a great community within the galaxy, but to what end? What does it all mean?”

I’ll be honest. I like this idea a lot, of Kirk and his crew being forced to question the effects of their crusade. At the same time, I could also see where, if handled incorrectly, this question could lead to some disastrous results for a Star Trek film.

As for director Justin Lin though, in honor of the 50th anniversary, the film and creative team were apparently setting out to really examine the message and themes of Trek this time around:

“This is the 50th anniversary. I felt like it was important to really deconstruct the idea of Star Trek, the idea of the Federation and why it’s special. We’ll really be poking at a lot of different things.”

Filled with a lot of potential, but facing quite a lot of judgement and expectations from the fandom, it’ll be interesting to see what exactly Star Trek Beyond ends up being later this year, and whether or not it earns its place in the Trek filmography. It seems like it’ll be taking the franchise back to the themes of exploration of discovery that Trek was founded on. At the same time, it’s one thing to say that the movie will be a return-to-form for the franchise. It’s another to actually do it.

Star Trek Beyond will hit theatres on July 22nd.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Another can’t wait for film, so glad JJ turned the story on its head!!!!

    • Randy H.

      JJ had much less to do with this one. Which is a good thing overall – he’s skilled at filmmaking but only makes good movies when someone ELSE writes the script. Things such as theme and story resolution appear to elude him. I’m much more looking forward to the new series – if for no other reason than it won’t take place in a universe with magic blood and infinite distance transporters.