SPOILER ALERT: This article contains a few details about the new movie ‘Star Trek Beyond’ that may be considered SPOILERS so proceed with caution.
Simon Pegg plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the ‘Star Trek’ movies, but he pulled double duty on the newest installment ‘Star Trek Beyond’ as one of the screenwriters. With Doug Jung, Pegg revised and streamlined an earlier treatment by Roberto Orci, John D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
With the movie a few months away, Pegg offered a few brief tidbits about the script for those interested.
The film appears to open with the Enterprise crew coming to a brief respite before embarking on their voyage to deep space. As Pegg says:
“They’ve come to rest at a Federation outpost, a sort of diplomatic hub.”
It is at this point that the crew encounters the film’s Big Bad, Krall, a blue-skinned alien played by Idris Elba. Krall apparently has a bone to pick with the Federation and its ideals.
“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?”
Director Justin Lin, who takes over for J.J. Abrams who helmed the first two ‘Star Trek’ films, added:
“This is the 50th anniversary [of ‘Star Trek’]. 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.”
Elba’s Krall won’t be the only new addition as the crew will also encounter Sofia Boutella, who plays Jaylah, another alien who appears to start out as an enemy before joining forces with the Enterprise gang.
Are you ready for another journey with the Enterprise crew?
‘Star Trek Beyond’, directed by Justin Lin and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Deep Roy opens on July 22, 2016.