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So much has happened in the world of Star Trek these last few weeks, it’s difficult to decide where to start and what to report on!

But before that, I had an e-mail from a fan of this site asking me why I recapped news reports. He appreciated it, but was curious. It’s simple. When big news happens, we get disjointed drips of it from con reports, media releases and various interviews happening all over the place. Sometimes it’s put together afterwards by various sites, but that’s rare. It frustrates me, so I group it all together for other fans like me who enjoy and appreciate the reports we read, but would love to see them encapsulated in one article because it’s easy to lose track of them all thanks to the fact we all live busy lives. So, thanks for the question and hopefully this puts it all into perspective!

Now, back to this news update.

Thanks to the San Diego Comic Con and Star Trek Las Vegas, a lot of news has come to light: a new Klingon look for Disco season two, new Trek shows, a push to have Trek on CBS All Access all the time, casting announcements, the DS9 documentary, pay disputes for Kelvin-verse Trek IV and more.

I’ve chosen to focus exclusively on news related to the proposed new series’, and the upcoming Trek feature films.

So.  Proposed new shows?  Yes.  First up is a brand new set of mini-episodes called Short Treks, that have been created to give us some Trek content while we wait for season two of Star Trek: DiscoveryShort Treks is also a part of CBS‘s recently announced desire to have Star Trek content on CBS All Access 24 hours a day.

But that’s not it.  There has also been talk of a new animated series and, most incredibly, a new Star Trek project that brings Sir Patrick Stewart back as fan favourite Jean-Luc Picard.

Before we dive in to any of that, we need to look at couple of important casting announcements.  The first is the announcement we have a new Number One (the role originated by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry in 1964).

Rebecca Romijn, best known for her role as Mystique alongside Patrick Stewart in X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, has been cast as the new Number One.  She joins Anson Mount on the Enterprise for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.

She and Anson are joined by Ethan Peck, the grandson of Hollywood Legend Gregory Peck, who will be playing Spock.

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Though producers said they would not cast another Spock because it would be too hard to find another actor capable of following in the footsteps of Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, it appears they have found a story and an actor that they believe will do justice to Spock and the two exceptional actors who have played him.  Spock is definitely in season two, and I admit I am excited about that.

Some have decried this as fan service, but I don’t have a problem with fan service if it’s done well, and if a wonderful story can be brought to life as a result.  Star Trek has a rich history full of exciting and compelling characters, why can’t we see them?  Why wouldn’t we?  If you were a writer or producer on a new Trek series, wouldn’t you want to use those characters if you could?

Some fan commentators have decried the implausibility of the Enterprise and Discovery being anywhere near each other, but that’s a rubbish observation.

Within the in-universe history of Star Trek, there were not that many ships out there in the earlier days of the Federation, and when you think about it, we actually don’t know the mission profile of the Enterprise in that time period.  Plus, there was a war that bled into Federation space and you can bet the Federation wanted its best ships nearby protecting people and assets.

What do we know about Pike’s mission in that time period?

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We know that he and his ship were returning from a battle, before intercepting the Talos distress signal that led to the events we have seen in “The Cage.”

The Enterprise was a heavy cruiser, and Constitution Class starships were the premier front line vessels of Starfleet.  The ships became known for their exploration missions, but Gene Roddenberry had a multipurpose role in mind for them when he conceived the series.  As every Trek fan knows, the concept for the show was based on a “wagon train to the stars” idea, with the Enterprise pushing the boundaries of known space, while also serving as a diplomatic vessel, a peace-keeping force and even, at times, a special escort for dignitaries.  As a premier front line vessel, there is every reason for it to be within warping distance of the Discovery, which, at the time the two ships come across each other, had only recently left Earth.

But, I digress.  Back to Ethan Peck, our new Spock.

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The casting of Ethan has been given the seal of approval by the Nimoy family, with Leonard’s son, Adam, and daughter, Jule, along with their spouses Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and David Knight, that we learned about via a post on Instagram.

In that post, Ethan looks pretty damn stoked, and there appears to be genuine warmth shining off of Adam in particular.

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Ethan started acting as a young man.  He’s 32, and has appeared in the ABC sitcom 10 Things I Hate About You, Madam Secretary, Gossip Girl and That ’70s Show.

His enthusiasm for the role is apparent, and according to his girlfriend both of them will always remember the moment he got the call that he was cast as Spock.  Ethan apparently sat down on a nearby roadside curb and cried.

All of this makes me think that the appearance of the Enterprise, Pike, Number One and Spock in Star Trek: Discovery is a way of launching a sort of soft-backdoor pilot for a new series that focuses on Christopher Pike and his crew.  CBS wants more Star Trek on TV and has put Alex Kurtzman and his production company, Secret Hideout, in charge of that on a multi-year deal, so why wouldn’t they explore one of the least seen but most beloved Captain’s in Trek history?

Fans have been interested in Pike and Number One for many many years, and it’s a period of Star Trek history that would be interesting to do a deep dive into.  Star Trek: Five Year Mission, or whatever they would call it, would be a beautiful companion to Star Trek: Discovery and it would honour Gene’s original vision by giving life to the first characters he created.

When you think about it, Anson Mount is doing a LOT of publicity work for Star Trek: Discovery, and with two other actors now cast in two incredibly important and historic roles, why wouldn’t CBS take advantage of that and create something amazing?

If they didn’t, it would be a real waste of talent and time.

But, enough of my suppositions.   You probably want to know about the news that really has fandom going crazy.

Jean-Luc Picard is back.

Patrick Stewart and Alex Kurtzman announced the news at Star Trek Las Vegas.  They didn’t tell us a lot, because it’s very early days, but what we do know is:

  • Kirsten Beyer, it seems, had the idea.
  • Akiva Goldsman will Executive Produce the show.
  • It takes place approximately 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis.
  • Pulitzer prize-winning author, Michael Chabon, is on staff.
  • James Duff will also Executive Produce.
  • Kirsten will be a writer on the show.
  • Patrick initially turned them down, but with some persistence from Alex and his team fell in love with the idea, remembering just how impactful Star Trek had been and still is in the lives of millions.
  • Patrick will be an Executive Producer on the series.
  • Picard might not be a Captain anymore.

This is what Patrick had to say, live on stage at STLV18:

Jean-Luc Picard is back.

He went on to talk a little about the older Picard we may meet.

He may not, and I stress may not, be a captain anymore.  He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognise and know so well.  It may be a very different individual.  Someone who has been changed by his experiences.  Twenty years will have passed, which is more or less exactly the time between the last movie – Nemesis – and today.

He followed this with a guarantee.

It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different.  It will come to you with the same passion, and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans, exactly as we had it before.

We don’t know whether or not Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton or Michael Dorn will be in the new show, but it is almost certain one or two or maybe even all of them will appear at some point.

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Will this new Star Trek be an ongoing series?  It’s unlikely.  Patrick is in his late ’70s and in a couple of years time will turn 80.  Committing to an ongoing series as complicated as Star Trek would probably not be something he’d do.

It’s more likely this will be a mini-series, or limited special series of maybe six to ten episodes.

More news is certain to come over the next few months, but for now we don’t know much else. One of the best things about this announcement is that maybe, finally, these incredible, beloved characters will get the send off they deserve. I’m okay with Nemesis, but it’s not a great film and Picard and crew deserved a better on screen farewell. This new show might do that.

The new animated series?  Nothing has been disclosed about this but it has garnered a lot of interest from fans, because it can happen, literally, at any time in Star Trek‘s expansive history.  We could continue the five-year mission of Kirk and his crew.  We could discover brand new adventures on the Enterprise D.  We could even fill in the blanks for the crew of the USS Equinox after they were trapped in the Delta Quadrant, before the Voyager found them.  The possibilities are endless, which is why fandom is super-excited.

For now, we’ll just have to wait for news on that project and hope that something can be produced that is at least as good as Star Wars‘s successful foray into animation.

Lastly, the next Star Trek feature film has hit a hurdle.

Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth are reportedly holding up the fourth feature outing for our Kelvin-verse crew.

Why?  There is a little contention over their salaries.  Both Chris’s are blockbuster stars now thanks to films like Wonder Woman and the Thor series.  Their salary expectations are, as a result, a little different to what they probably were.

Star Trek: Beyond, while well received by fans, only made $343 million world wide.  That’s a decent profit when compared to the cost of the film ($185 million to produce, though this doesn’t include the film’s marketing budget), but it’s not enough to warrant a massive investment in a sequel.  Tent pole summer blockbusters need to make at least double of what they cost to be considered profitable.

This means Paramount will be looking to produce the as yet untitled Trek film for less, and part of that will be offering less money to its stars.  Which should be interesting.  There is not one of the main cast whose careers have not taken off since the release of the first Kelvin-verse film.  Some of their careers have gone stratospheric – particularly Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg.

All three actors are in demand, with Zoe in particular lined up for movie after movie after movie.

Karl Urban (Doctor Leonard McCoy) is confident both Chris’s will sort out the pay dispute, and that the movie will go ahead.  Paramount, however, have a very narrow window available to them to get the movie into production because of actor availability.  If it doesn’t happen soon, the planned fourth film will be abandoned, and we’ll have to wait another couple of years for Tarantino Trek, which is currently slated to be the fifth outing for the crew of the Kelvin-verse USS Enterprise.

What do we know about the new movie?  A few things.

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  • The basic premise is unclear, but we do know it unites James and George Kirk in some way.  There is a script, but it’s details are under wraps.
  • The film will be the first to be directed by a woman, with S.J. Clarkson being given that honour.  Clarkson is a British film and television director, best know to the rest of the world for Life on Mars, Dexter, Heroes, Ugly Betty, Bates Motel, Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black and The Defenders.
  • The film will be the first Star Trek movie to be shot in the United Kingdom.

That’s pretty much it, for what we know about the next film, and major events in Trek.

As news breaks we’ll keep you updated here.

If you’d like to check out more Star Trek news, we encourage you to visit our two “go to” sites, TrekMovie and TrekCore.

Until the next update, Live Long and Prosper.

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Warp Speed Ahead…

Star Trek Beyond Reviews and Updates

Days before it is officially released, Star Trek Beyond has been declared a critical success… at least as far as most critics are concerned.

There are, of course, some who have expressed a little disappointment, but thankfully there are only a few of them.

To date (July 19), Beyond has a 91% “fresh” rating on trusted review site Rotten Tomatoes – which is pretty damn good!

HAPPY 50th, STAR TREK!

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If you’d like to read some of the reviews, see below.  Most are spoiler free, and those that aren’t contain minimal information.

TrekCore review

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TrekMovie review

TrekNews review

Blastr has a collection of comments/review snippets from various sources.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but will rectify that in… oh… two days.  It’s probably safe to say I cannot wait!

So… how good is the movie?  So good Paramount have already announced a sequel – that will, apparently, feature Chris Hemsworth (yes, that Chris Hemsworth).

For those of you who don’t remember, Chris starred as the father of James T. Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek.  He broke our hearts, valiantly sacrificing his life to save his wife, his son (who was being born literally as the USS Kelvin was ripped apart by Nero’s vessel), and many of his fellow crew.

That sacrifice would become a turning point for a young James Kirk, thanks in no small part to Christopher Pike, who uttered these now immortal words: “…your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes.  He saved 800 lives, including your mother’s and yours.  I dare you to do better.

We don’t know how George Kirk will return in the as yet untitled Star Trek IV, and I doubt we’ll find out for quite some time, but there are many ways in which a deceased character can make an appearance… via flashback (which is unlikely), as a recorded message, through a little time travel, or maybe even a crossover between the Prime Reality and the Kelvin timeline… it’s Star Trek, so the possibilities are endless.

To me, the most exciting possibility would be a crossover… so much potential in that one!

Star Trek Beyond is premiering in various locations around the world, and officially hits cinemas in three or four days – depending on which part of the world you live in.

According to a number of the reviews, it’s a worthy film to celebrate Star Trek‘s 50th birthday, effectively combining nostalgia and an old school Trekness with epic summer movie spectacle.

The latest film has been directed by Justin Lin and has been produced by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, the late Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba.

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Star Trek Beyond Dedicated to Anton

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TrekMovie are reporting that the upcoming Star Trek Beyond will be dedicated to Anton Yelchin.

According to TrekMovie, the producers are in the process of adding a tribute to the films end credits.

For those of you who have been fans of Star Trek for a while, you’ll know that there have been tribute messages in previous Trek films – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The original report, from Hollywood Life, suggests the tribute to Anton might be more than a plaque with a dedication on screen.

It seems to suggest that there could be a montage of some sort, which would be a beautiful way to honour Anton, as well as us fans.

To read the article from TrekMovie click here.

Anton Yelchin was killed in a tragic accident on the 19th of June, when his car rolled into him, pinning him between it and a brick structure at his home.  He had only recently turned 27.

TrekCore are reporting that Paramount Pictures has cancelled an event they had scheduled for the 22nd in France, that was going to feature Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and John Cho to give the actors time to grieve for their friend.  The Star Trek stars would have been promoting Star Trek Beyond and taking part in a live streamed Q&A session.  If you’d like to know more, visit TrekCore here.

If you’re planning on seeing Star Trek Beyond when it is released in a month’s time, make sure you stay for the end credits.

And bring tissues.

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75 Days and Counting

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As of the 7th of May, it’s only 75 days until the release of Star Trek Beyond.

As we all wait with baited breath to see this movie that is wrapped up with so much hope and weighed down with so many fans’ concerns, the people behind the film are finally starting to give us some additional insight into this third voyage into the alternate timeline created by 2009’s Star Trek.

First, Paramount recently registered the title “Star Trek 4” with the Motion Picture Association of America.

Does this mean there’s already a fourth movie ready to shift into pre-production?

No.

But, it does mean Parmount has faith the new Trek film will do well.  So much so, both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are signed for another sequel.

For more information on this, visit TrekMovie here.

Not long after Paramount registered the generic title for a potential fourth movie, a little more news came out – from the film’s new director, the talented franchise saviour Justin Lin, and one of the film’s stars John Cho.

In an interview with 1905.com, an official subsidiary of the China Movie Channel, Justin spoke at length on the efforts he and his fellow creatives went to, to make the new movie about character.  Action remains important, because the film will be a major blockbuster for the studio, but Justin is convinced he’s struck a good balance between spectacular explosions and other action set pieces, and beautiful and meaningful character moments.

To read the article at TrekCore click here.

John Cho also spoke on the character moments that Justin focused on in the new movie, commenting on how – more than any other Star Trek film in the reboot series – Beyond feels truest to the original series.

To read more from John’s interview, visit the always brilliant TrekCore here.

Finally, Sofia Boutella is in the recording booth doing some post production work on the new film, in time for its imminent release.

Sofia recently did some ADR work (Automatic Dialogue Replacement) for the new film, which is common for pretty much every major production.

ADR is used to clean up dialogue that might not have been caught during filming, or might have been spoiled by another sound intruding that either wasn’t picked up by the sound people, or was picked up with the Director deciding it could be corrected in post without going to the extra expense of resetting a scene and filming yet another in what might have been a long series of takes.

To read a little bit more, visit TrekCore again here.

That’s it for now.  With a little over two months until the movie comes out, we’ll no doubt hear more about the film and see more – especially when the next trailer drops later this month.

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Justin Lin on the Beyond Preview

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Yesterday when I posted about the first preview, I mentioned being fairly certain the trailer would polarise Trek fans.

I spent some time scouring the Internet today to see how fans felt… and polarised seems to be an apt description.  Some love it and are looking forward to this new direction, some loathe it, a decent number drew comparisons to The Fast and The Furious, and many were waiting to see more before casting judgement.

Reassuringly, quite a few fans expressed faith in Simon Pegg and were willing to trust him to write a solid Trek film.

TrekCore have just posted an interview (originally from Birth. Death. Movies, read it here) with Star Trek Beyond director, Justin Lin, on the preview and his reaction to the fan reaction – and it’s great, and goes a long way to assuaging a few fears I had.  I have to say, I love Justin’s underlying rationale for making the film he’s made, and for creating a character that will ask the questions he wants answered in this installment.

Even better, I came away from reading that interview convinced there is a beating heart to this movie.

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In the interview, we learn that Star Trek Beyond takes place two and a half years after Into Darkness, and we also learn a little bit about the new bad guy (who is Idris under a mountain of makeup), and we also learn some interesting information on who the writers are, how Justin approached some of the more contentious developments in NuTrek – particularly Khan’s miracle blood and interstellar transwarp beaming (don’t get me started), Spock and Uhura’s relationship, whether or not Carol Marcus returns, and more.  It is well worth a read.

Visit TrekCore here to dive into the most information we’ve ever had on this new Star Trek film.

Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for release on the 22nd of June in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  It’s the third movie in the alternate timeline and stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Peg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sophie Boutella, and Joe Taslim.

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First Preview for Star Trek Beyond

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Over the weekend, a trailer for Star Trek Beyond leaked online (dubbed in German) and started popping up all over social media.  In response to that, Paramount released the official trailer (in English) for our viewing pleasure soon after.

We’re assuming it was a German who leaked the trailer, because it was in German… so all we can say is… “Thank you Germany, for this early Christmas present!”

The trailer is not what I expected – it’s not bad in any way, but I admit I was expecting something a little more nostalgic because the film is released in a very important year in Trek’s history.

Having said that, the trailer is one heck of a romp, and it’s obvious that Justin Lin has definitely brought a bit of The Fast and The Furious to the 23rd century.  Whether that is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen!

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The preview is one minute and thirty-four seconds of action, including what appears to be the destruction of the Enterprise, the imprisonment of the Enterprise crew, and a never before seen bad guy (who looks a bit like Ambassador G’Kar from Babylon 5).

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To watch it, click here to be taken to Paramount’s YouTube channel.

As you can see from those snapshots I took while watching the trailer for the second time, the whole gang is there, and stuff looks like it gets pretty serious.  A lot of people are saying that the Enterprise is destroyed – but I have to point out that the ID on the crew uniforms says the name of a completely different starship… so is it the Enterprise that crashes, or is it a sister ship?  What’s also of interest is that Roberto Orci, John D. Payne and Patrick McKay’s names’ are still in the credits so maybe some elements of the original script were kept by Simon and Doug during their rewrite.

I have the strangest feeling this trailer might polarise Star Trek fans as it has a completely different feel to the series’ and the TOS and TNG films that have gone before it, and even to the first two reboot features.

I wasn’t overwhelmed by it – but I wasn’t disappointed by it either.  I think the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is to blame for that.  The main trailers we’ve seen for the seventh Star Wars film have blown me away and transported me back to my childhood.  Those previews of the new Star Wars film have been majestic, nostalgic, emotional and beautiful in every way, and in comparison, the Star Trek Beyond trailer was raucous, a little confusing, and… a little small… for want of a better word!

Having said that, I have faith in Simon Pegg and the creative team behind the new film, and I have no doubt they have tried to create a movie worthy of Trek’s 50th Anniversary.

As you take a look at the trailer, please keep in mind that it’s almost impossible to get the story of a film or assess its quality from less than two minutes worth of footage.  This trailer is obviously just to whet our appetites and, I think, to show fans that we’ve been listened to.  We wanted a Star Trek film that wasn’t Earth-centric, we wanted more action, and we wanted new alien encounters… and it looks like all of those boxes have been ticked.

io9 have a break down of the trailer here, by the very lovely and always amusing Katharine Trendacosta, which includes a series of screen grabs, gifs and guesses at what might be going on.  Check it out.

We’re still a little more than seven months away from the release of the film, so more previews will come.

It will be interesting to see how they compare to this first glimpse of the third reboot film.

Enjoy!

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Zachary Quinto Wins GLSEN 2015 Champion Award

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A few days ago, the annual GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Respect Awards were held in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Wilshire.

Among the winners was Trek’s own Zachary Quinto, who won the GLSEN Champion Award!

According to the website, the awards were introduced in 2004 and showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models, and who have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

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For those who didn’t know, Zach came out as gay in 2011, not long after the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer – a young bisexual man who took his life because of bullying.

Zach made this post on his website about the tragic incident and about why he came out:

“When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself – I felt deeply troubled.  But when I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer had made an It Gets Better video only months before taking his own life –  I felt indescribable despair.  I also made an It Gets Better video last year – in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.  But in light of Jamey’s death – it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it – is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”

If you’d like to read the rest of Zach’s post you can right here.

One of the things I love about Star Trek is it’s vision of an inclusive future where humanity has moved beyond things like racism, sexism, social class and, of course, homophobia.

It takes courage to come out, and it takes additional courage to then be an advocate for others, and Zachary has shown that time and time again since letting his homosexuality ‘leak’ in an interview he did a few years ago.

The universe of Star Trek is lucky to have such amazing role models in it, people who have stood up against racism and homophobia – Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Zachary Quinto and no doubt many others.

Here’s to a future, hopefully not too far away, where we all accept, love and honour each other because of our differences, not in spite of them.

Congratulations, Zach!

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Nu-Trek III Update – It’s a Wrap!

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Star Trek Beyond has officially wrapped principal photography in Dubai, according to writer and star Simon Pegg.  That means that all that’s left to do are pick up shots, most likely some second unit footage, the majority of special effects work, editing, scoring and possible re-shoots and looping if things don’t look or sound quite as good as they should when everyone is in the editing booth putting the movie together.

Here’s Simon’s Tweet announcing the end of filming:

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Also posting on social media about the end of principal photography, was Zachary Quinto.  Zach posted a short clip of him saying goodbye on the set and, as seems to be Zach’s thing, the words accompanying the short clip were enigmatic.  Zach wrote: “This.  Maybe for the last time.  Maybe not.”

A few Trek sites are talking about the end of filming, and feature more social media posts from some of the stars.  If you’d like to check them out, the links are below:

TrekCore

TrekNews

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Also, Michael Giacchino is getting ready to score the film – but there will need to be a rough cut of the movie completed first which means we probably have a couple of months to wait until we hear any news about that.

For a film that was in a very uncertain place late last year after Roberto Orci’s exit, things have come along nicely.  The break neck pace that was set for the cast and crew seems to have been handled with grace and professionalism by new Trek director Justin Lin.

I’m so excited to see what the team have put together for us!

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Nu-Trek III Update – Zachary Quinto

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If Zachary Quinto’s Instagram is anything to go by, it looks like filming for Star Trek Beyond is wrapping up in Dubai.

Zach posted the following images and enigmatic comments on his account recently, hinting that the productions’ time in Dubai was coming to an end.

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TrekCore (my go to site for all things Star Trek Beyond) seem to concur that things are winding down in Dubai, with this recent article right here.

As the crew wrap up filming, it’s time to ask a few questions.

From everything we’ve seen, it was obvious that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba and Anton Yelchin were in Dubai, but I couldn’t find any mention of Zoe Saldana or John Cho joining the rest of the cast there.

Zoe has been consistently posting on social media, and from most of those posts it seems like she stayed behind in the United States – and I’m not sure about John at all.

So, what does this mean for the film?

Could there be stuff happening that temporarily sidelines Uhura and Sulu?  Are they off on a different mission?

If each starship now has individual uniforms (and that’s just a big guess), and Chris Pine was in the uniform that looks like it might be for the USS Yorktown, is there a situation where he and some of the Enterprise crew join the Yorktown?  Could Uhura and Sulu be left on the Enterprise with one of them as acting captain?

Given how well the production team have kept the storyline a secret, who knows?

What I do know is I’m excited for next year and I’m finding it pretty hard to wait for more information on the story.

Keep checking in with TrekCore to see what extra bits they come up with from the Dubai shoot, and hopefully some site somewhere will let us know what’s next.  Could they be off to the editing suite soon?

Bring on July 22.

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Nu-Trek III Update – Leonard Nimoy Tribute and More Costume Information

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The latest and final Omaze video to raise money for charity, features Zachary Quinto and a tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy.

The tribute features a handful of behind the scenes shots of Leonard on set during the previous two Star Trek films, as well as the entire main cast of the films and Idris Elba signing off with the Vulcan salute – which is a beautiful touch.

According to numerous articles over the years, the cast of the rebooted Star Trek film series grew close to Leonard Nimoy during 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, in particular Zachary Quinto who so superbly fills Leonard’s shoes as the young, alternate timeline Spock.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, the link is right here.  Omaze have dedicated the week to Leonard, and there are three days left (as of the 27th of August) in their tribute week.

On a lighter note, yesterday Zachary Quinto uploaded an interesting shot to his Instagram.

As you might remember, about a week ago we put up a post about some new away team/landing party uniforms seen on the outdoor sets of Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver, and mentioned that it looked like there was a new duty uniform on Simon Pegg too.

It’s now pretty clear there IS a new duty uniform, and the uniforms we’ve grown used to are no more.

Check Zachary’s post to instagram below.

New Uniform Zachery Quinto

Of particular interest, this photo suggests things are not so great for Spock in the new film as a forlorn looking Zachary looks out at us.  Zachary writes “everything will (probably) be ok.”

The photo shows the new uniform with its high neck collar, darkened under arm panels, a black high neck under tunic and a distinct lack of the Starfleet delta patterned material that was one of the coolest parts of the new design for the first two films.

The photo also shows some green blood staining Spock’s hand.

That photo raises some interesting questions, and I can’t wait to find out more!

Though it’s frustrating having so little information on Star Trek Beyond, the tiny bits we are getting hint at a very interesting and exciting movie!

Come on July 2016.  I can’t wait!

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