When it comes to the Star Trek universe, almost anything could happen. With Star Trek Beyond, the newest reboot adventure to hit the big screen on July 22, Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the new series of Star Trek films to hit theaters, said that the actors involved in Star Trek Beyond had a blast.
“We shot this in Vancouver and it was like we were away on summer camp and I think you can see it in the film,” Urban said of the Star Trek Beyond shoot, according to Stuff.
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Urban also said he had the opportunity to meet one of his personal heroes, thanks to a mutual connection to Star Trek Beyond producer and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. Urban went to see Harrison Ford, best known as beloved Star Wars character Han Solo, at work while he was filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to New York Daily News.
As big of a fan as Urban is of Ford, he said he did not tell the longtime action star that he’d named his son after another of Ford’s iconic action heroes, Indiana Jones. Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in Star Trek Beyond, had told Ford that he had hung a photograph taken at Paramount’s 100th year celebration of himself with Ford, and Ford began to tease Pegg about it.
“He said, ‘Where did you hang it, your bathroom?'” Urban said of Ford’s reply to Pegg. “It was one of those points in my life where I was happy that the icon that I met was every bit the tough son of a b**ch that I hoped he would be.”
According to Screen Crush, anticipation for Star Trek Beyond is soaring high, and with good reason. Writer Matthew Monagle wrote that he was grateful to see that these incarnations of Kirk, Scotty, Spock, and all the other Star Trek characters that we have come to love are as reluctant to find a violent resolution to a problem as they have been in previous iterations of the Star Trek universe.
“This might be a strange thought, but in an era where action movies means even Batman gets to shoot you in the face, I found myself weirdly happy to remember that the characters in Star Trek will always use violence as a last resort,” Monagle wrote.
One of the big questions that is currently on the table for many Star Trek fans is how the Star Trek universe is going to continue with the recent death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov and died in a horrific car crash on his property on June 19. While Yelchin’s presence is throughout Star Trek Beyond, Pegg acknowledged the difficulties in trying to navigate in which direction the film franchise would go after Star Trek Beyond, according to New York Daily News.
“Obviously right now the idea of going on without Anton is inconceivable,” he admitted.
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The team involved with Star Trek Beyond is currently trying to work through the press tour for Star Trek Beyond while the cast and crew is also trying to work through their grief about Yelchin’s sudden death. While Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin acknowledged that he is still trying to process his grief about Yelchin’s passing, Pegg also noted that the cast and crew were still trying to picture how to discuss a future beyond Star Trek Beyond.
“It’s very difficult to talk about the future at the moment because there would be such a gaping hole in it all,” said Pegg.
Star Trek Beyond bows in theaters July 22, and while the actors involved with the rebooted franchise all have their contracts up after this cinematic outing, fans can only hope that they will continue to delight.
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