‘Star Trek 3’ Trailer Features A Fierce, Focused Sofia Boutella

Star Trek 3, the third film in the rebooted franchise, released its action-packed trailer yesterday. Star Trek 3 takes the name Star Trek Beyond and is helmed by The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin. Star Trek fans have to brace for yet another turn in this successful franchise reboot.

This is Star Trek for a new generation of fans. Breakout star Sofia Boutella stars here as an alien ally to the Star Trek crew. In real life, she’s an experienced, classically trained dancer who has also excelled in modern forms. Besides being part of a team who won an international breakdancing competition, she was also part of a backup dance crew on tour with Madonna and has danced in a number of music videos.

Boutella acted in the British movie StreetDance 2 before getting much attention as a dangerous woman with blades for legs in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Her dance training was fully utilized in combat moves that resembled a deadly form of amputee martial arts. Based on her previous hit film and her dance background, Boutella’s presence is sure to lead to a movie full of physically demanding situations.

In an interview with BlackTree TV, Sofia Boutella revealed how her athletic background helped her meet the awesome demands as Samuel L. Jackson’s very capable bodyguard in Kingsman.

“It definitely allowed me to learn maybe a bit faster, you know, all those fights that I had to learn. Because I have never done that before. But definitely my dance background allowed me to physically approach that easily.”

And as for what the intense new trailer tells fans about the upcoming flick, they see the ship is down, the crew is trapped, and they’re on a strange planet. How will they get through it and at what cost? And at what sacrifice? Idris Elba is possibly here as that menace in massive amounts of makeup, in a break from his role as Heimdall for the Thor and Avengers movies, and intent on making things that much harder for Kirk and Spock.

Fast and the Furious influences are palpable in this trailer. J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two Star Trek reboot films, was too busy on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to stay on as director. Instead, Justin Lin is taking Star Trek into millennial territory, making the Star Trek series more relevant to today’s movie viewer, rather than just hardcore Trekkies and science fiction fans.

Lin comes in as director after directing the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, being the most prolific director of the series out of four that held the role. He also directed a few notable episodes of the comedy TV series Community.

As can be gleaned from the trailer, Star Trek is heading into fuller action film territory. If you rock the boat too much, old school Trekkies are going to fly overboard. It depends on if they can still keep the thought-provoking undercurrents that define the Star Trek brand while they bundle in all this intense action.

The first Star Trek TV series debuted in the 1960s. Paramount Pictures knows they can no longer make a film for the same audience that loved that TV series along with the previous Star Trek film series that ran from 1979 to 2002.

Star Trek Beyond is set for a summer 2016 release. According to Screen Rant, a full Star Trek 3 trailer will be in theaters while Star Wars: The Force Awakens plays. 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of that original Star Trek TV series that started it all.

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