Star Trek is getting a bit of a makeover with the newest installment of the franchise, Star Trek Beyond. Those hanging around the Vancouver set of the film have been disappointed that they haven’t been able to see much because the shooting has been going on indoors. But, finally, the cast and crew came into the open to shoot some outdoor scenes, and ScreenCrush was there to witness it. They shot a video that popped up on YouTube, however, it appears that Paramount Pictures was able to get it blocked on copyright grounds.
So, what did those eyes eager for any clues about what the new Star Trek will be actually see? For starters: new Starfleet uniforms. It would appear that Chris Pine and Alton Yelchin (Kirk and Chekov, respectively) climbed out of a space ship of some sort on set with a combat-ready looking Starfleet uniform. Slashfilm may have summed up the look best.
“Pine and Yelchin are sporting new matching uniforms which consist of a black top under blue jackets with yellow trim. Scotty’s high-necked red uniform, on the other hand, is not too dissimilar from his outfits in earlier films.”
Also, there is a new female character, played by Sofia Boutella, who it would appear comes from some new alien race. You may remember Sofia from the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. She is the one who sliced people up with her legs that had been replaced by sharp blades. She can now be found in heavy makeup that has turned her into an alien that no one seems to recognize, although ComingSoon points out that the look is reminiscent of a race known as the Niberians from Star Trek Into Darkness. IGN feels she looks like Silver Banshee from DC comics. Who knows?
As far as the plot for Star Trek Beyond? Well, that’s still a complete mystery. Director Justin Lin (who replaces J.J. Abrams who is producing this film) may have given some hints in the past as to the direction the new film will take, as reported by ScreenCrush.
“What we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into.”
Okay, well, that’s pretty vague. But, there might be clues elsewhere. Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the movie and co-wrote the script with Douglas Jun, apparently wanted to make the movie less “Star Trek-y,” which might not sit well with traditionalists. If you are going to make a Star Trek movie, saying that you want it to be less “Star Trek-y” may ruffle a few feathers.
“Let’s 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.”
Paramount Pictures has announced that Star Trek Beyond will be released on July 8, 2016. This coincides perfectly with the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.
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