Your Spoiler-Free Trekkie's Guide to Loving ‘Star Trek Beyond'

Some of your Trekkie baggage you can keep, but some of it you should check at the airlock.

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Take a deep breath. I’ve got good news for you: Star Trek Beyond is a totally good and a legitimate Star Trek movie. Really! But I do need to warn you about a few things.

Since the dawn of Trek-fandom, there’s been a preponderance of conversation in various media (from fanzines to podcasts, to panels at conventions to online articles) detailing all the ways an iteration of Star Trek both does and does not achieve its Star Trekkieness. This weekend, as Star Trek Beyond arrives, most fans are both holding their breath hopefully, but also, sharpening their Klingon bat’leths in case it’s not totally up to snuff. So, if you’re a hardcore fan like me, I do need to prep you for some stuff that could potentially ruin this for you, particularly if you’re bringing in certain kinds of space-baggage. Without spoiling the plot at all, here’s a guide to maximizing your unbridled enjoyment of Star Trek Beyond.

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What constitutes a good Star Trek movie is tricky. It has to both feel like a cool episode of one of the TV shows, but also be epic enough to feel cinematic The themes have to be broad, but the plot-points must be specific. Plus, we need to have like nine million shout-outs to everything that has come before so that we believe that this truly is Star Trek.

The current rebooted franchise (canonically taking place in in an alternate dimension to all previous Star Trek ) had its work cut out for it, following up the dour previous effort: 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Could a big-budget Star Trek film be smart again? Could it be fun?

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The answer for director Justin Lin, and writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, seems to be to split the various differences in Star Trek Beyond , but to err on the side of nerdy, goofy fun, rather than, serious, mainstream thrills. Whereas Into Darkness had Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) ripping people’s faces off, Beyond sports more traditional Trek-perils in the form of science fiction terrors like spacey-bio weapons, and hive-mind starships. Sure, there’s still some punching and kicking in the vein of one of Lin’s Fast and the Furious movies, but the intent of the violence reminds you more of Shatner taking people down in the 60s show than it does of Vin Diesel.

Still, here a few things you should try not to think about when you’re watching this movie.

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Pre-Kelvin Timeline Continuity

The film makes some very strong attempts to connect to the canonical Trek timeline from everything that happened before everything was changed by Nero and Old Spock time-traveling in the 2009 movie. This means there are tons of references to - believe it or not - the 2001-2005 TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. Personally, I appreciated the tribute to all of this stuff. But, if you think about how it all matches up too hard, you’re going to freak out.

Technical Stuff With the Starship Enterprise

You already know from the trailers that the starship Enterprise is destroyed. But how is it taken down? Do these new baddies have some really cool work-around with the famous Star Trek shields? Can we blame the “interference” from the nebula? Shhhh be quiet. I’m trying to figure out how Captain Kirk is going to get his mojo back.

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Spock Being Emotional

This is a big one: some fans criticize the Zachary Quinto version of Spock as being too un-Spock-like in all of his appearances. Here’s all I’ve got to say: just let it go. His Spock is basically a different person that Nimoy’s Spock, and if you decide that going into this movie, you’ll have less to complain about. (Ditto for literally all the other classic characters, honestly.)

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What Starships Can and Can’t Do in Atmospheres

If the idea of Enterprise being built on Earth pissed you off in the first J.J. Abrams movie, or if you didn’t like the Enterprise flying around the clouds in Into Darkness , you’re going to hate what they do with the U.S.S. Franklin in this movie. But for real: just get that anger out now. It will be cooler and more fun if you do.

While I’m at it: don’t worry about beaming. Beaming has never made sense in Star Trek. Why do they need to beam at certain times and not at…oh nevermind.

Kirk’s schemes

They’re confusing. Just focus on him being charming, brave and funny. Also, don’t worry about the motorcycle.

The Pop-Aesthetic Influences from the Other Two Films

You’re going to hear some Beastie Boys in this movie. It’s just a thing you’re either going to like or not. I liked it, a lot. If you don’t, I sympathize, but you know, maybe pretend you’re a little younger? Like, I don’t know, 12? Yeah, now it’s awesome.

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Cast of 'Star Trek Beyond' out of costume 

The Big Twist

Okay, there’s a fairly large twist in the film, which informs, in part, why literally everything is happening. Here’s the deal: it’s a cool idea on paper, and its executed fairly well. BUT, even I had a hard time explaining every single detail as to the hows and whys in terms of the machinations of Idris Elba’s villainous Krall. Here’s the narrative-goggles I recommend putting on for this one: just think of this like a really well-funded episode of the original series. Not even a really good episode either; like a big-budget version of “The Tholian Web.” Sure, it’s a third-season half-baked classic Star Trek episode, but, hey, it’s still pretty cool.

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Oh snap: it's Captain Kirk's space-ghost

As a Trek fan, the biggest break you can give Star Trek Beyond is to recognize how much it is trying to have fun while making you happy at the same time. Even if you don’t love it (I did!) I’d implore you to recognize that this movie wasn’t trying to be much more than what it was: a cool Star Trek story that felt classic and new at the same time, but was easy to handle for people who’d never seen any of the shows or the movies. The aliens are numerous and goofy-looking, the crew is charming and brave, and above all, the movie is extremely upbeat.

In many ways, Star Trek Beyond is like this excellent fan-made mash-up video featuring Keisha’s “Tick-Tock” set to various “party” scenes from the classic 1960’s Star Trek TV show. Beyond is its own thing, but it’s also a Star Trek movie that knows it’s a remix. Which, in a sense, is the smartest move a Star Trek film has made in a very long time.

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Spoilers STAR TREK BEYOND - Grading & Discussion

Discussion in ' Star Trek Movies: Kelvin Universe ' started by Commander Richard , Jun 29, 2016 .

Grade the movie...

Commander Richard

Commander Richard Yo! Man! Premium Member

Celebrate 50 years of Trek with Star Trek Beyond . This is the place where you can grade the movie in the poll above and discuss every aspect of the film. This thread will contain spoilers , so beware. ​ In Star Trek Beyond , the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. - Official Website | IMDb Page Release Dates | Trailers Wikipedia Entry | Box Office Mojo Page Rotten Tomatoes Page | Metacritic Page | On Facebook On Instagram | On Twitter And let's remember... RIP​  


M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

Some of the links which have been posted thus far to reviews of Star Trek Beyond : http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...s-better-1783712148+&cd=1&hl=it&ct=clnk&gl=us  
Okay, there are still a few days to go before Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters in many countries ( check here for opening days where you are) but a few lucky fans have already seen it. The review embargo has been lifted early, so now it's OK for them to post reviews here. In the post above this one, I have collected links for a number of published reviews which are out there. For any I may have missed and any yet to be published, feel free to post links to those in this thread. FAIR WARNING: Any and all of the reviews can and probably will contain spoilers , as is likely to be the case for any post which follows this one. If you have not seen the movie yet, you may wish to avoid this thread until that's taken care of - proceed from here at the risk of being spoiled . All that said, we look forward to plenty of discussion about the new movie. Not everyone is going to have the same opinions about everything, naturally, but there's no reason we can't disagree and get along at the same time. The poll should become active at the same time I unlock the thread. Please wait to vote in it until after you've seen the movie. (Yeah, I know most of you were going to do that anyway, but there's always some wise guy who wants to make a statement. ) Aaaand ... here we go.  

The Doctor

The Doctor Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

I really can't wait. Thursday can't come soon enough.  


SalvorHardin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

McWeeny seems to like it Star Trek Beyond' is a terrific 50th anniversary salute to the series appeal The films boldly go in the right direction for the overall series Star Trek Beyond is, for lack of a better description, the goods. Click to expand...


RAMA Admiral Admiral

Well we have to start somewhere...  

Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

I really find it fascinating that Pegg was telling the truth at how much research he's done on Memory Alpha, but... .SpoilerTarget"> Spoiler I'm surprised he's going to link it to the Xindi, given the arguably forgettable nature of Enterprise's third season for a lot of fans. Still, he's gone and confirmed the MACO link outright on his Twitter, and the attention to Enterprise canon detail warms my heart. I'm very excited that this could finally be the JJverse movie that I can properly enjoy.  


Aragorn Fleet Admiral Admiral

Anyone seen Greg Grunberg's character name? Is he supposed to be that character or is he a character who just happens to have that last name?  
Aragorn said: ↑ Anyone seen Greg Grunberg's character name? Is he supposed to be that character or is he a character who just happens to have that last name? Click to expand...


nafeasonto Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

Nothing makes me happier then the purists on reddit on /r/startrek getting angry because it's doing well. It's up to a 91% now.  
Still going up  
nafeasonto said: ↑ Nothing makes me happier then the purists on reddit on /r/startrek getting angry because it's doing well. It's up to a 91% now. Click to expand...


pst Commodore Commodore

so... i haven't posted here in years. but i caught a screening of beyond last night in santa monica thanks to a twitter contest that someone here linked to (i can't find it now, but thanks whoever that was). i graded beyond a B+ in the poll but i'm still kind of ruminating on it. basically everything said in the positive reviews i've read are spot on - the humor, character development, simple story and emotional impact are on point. i had a little trouble with justin lin's direction which i didn't find particularly clear. there are two action scenes that are difficult to follow because of how they were shot. but the first half hour, basically all of act one and life aboard the enterprise, was excellent. i can't wait to see it again just to absorb more of that material. i think the movie could've used another 10 or 15 minutes on the planet, the different pairings of the characters stranded on disparate parts of altamid were too easily resolved, each one of those stories could've used its own little payoff. i caught that krall promo right before seeing the film, that definitely hurt the viewing experience, so i'm leaving the spoilers out, unless there are specific plot points or details folks want to dive into...  

Therin of Andor

Therin of Andor Admiral Moderator

Easily an A and as much fun for me as ST:TMP and the 2009 film. I had intended to write a full review when the embargo lifted, but I'm left with simple satisfaction and I would prefer not to spoilerise the movie for anyone, because it definitely works well when spoiler-free. Had there been an Andorian, or perhaps an appearance from Gaila, Rand, Chapel or Kyle, it would have been an A+. Star Trek Beyond ticket by Ian McLean , on Flickr  
More reviews added and it's still going up  


mattman8907 Commodore Commodore

saving my vote for after I see it.  


trawler78 Ensign Red Shirt

Just got back from seeing one of the first public screenings here in Oz. I really enjoyed it. Agreed with most of the reviews in that it lacks some depth which stops me from giving it an A, but still a respectable fun effort. Really enjoyable movie, and lots of nods for the 50 years. Agree with the above comment about the direction being a bit too OTT. Maybe I'm getting too old, but I found some actions scenes hard to follow. Makes me want to re-watch though. They are certainly the most clever action sequences we have seen in ST. By comparison after STID I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. The Khan reveal feeling a betrayal, anti-climatic, and a wasted opportunity. I also drifted over the last act, seemed meaningless. STB had me engaged and entertained throughout.  


donners22 Commodore Commodore

I'll wait for a second screening to settle my opinion, but I was really thrilled. At this point, it's my second-favourite behind VI. My only criticisms were that it was a bit tough to follow some action sequences, and I couldn't understand some of Krall's dialogue, but those niggles were far outweighed by the humour, spirit and lovely character moments which featured throughout.  


StarMan Vice Admiral Admiral

Howdy all. Just got back. So ... Great movie with enjoyable, well written characters, fantastic action sequences and some fun dynamics between the different players given the circumstances they find themselves in. I don't feel it ever tried to reach for something too deep and cerebral, which is preferred to a faux attempt to do so. At the end of the day, it was a bloody fun movie. Now, on to particulars ( SPOILERS ) - I'll start with the nitpicks: So, Krall. For the majority of the movie his motivations were lacking. If you're aware of the spoilers regarding Krall's origin, then his actions do seem a little more justified/understandable in hindsight. Even so, when his origins are revealed, his response given the grudge he holds still seem wholly out of proportion and doesn't paint a particularly smart or multi-dimensional villain with legitimate motive. I feel some tweaks here and there earlier on in the piece could have helped flesh out his character. Secondly, there was a bit of a dip midway. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it was around when Kirk and Chekov were caught by Jaylah and when the Franklin took to the skies. Now, nitpicks aside... The swarm was vastly more impressive in full force and on the big screen. Reminded me a bit of the Shadow's Death Cloud from Babylon 5. Yorktown. Whoa! Beautifully realized. That was some fun play with gravity - legit or not. The Enterprise fires her weapons in this movie. Repeat, The Enterprise FIRES WEAPONS. Speaking of The Enterprise, she took one HELL of a beating before succumbing. Also, Sulu moment short but got the point across. Some teenage imbecile in front of me whispered "what the fuck is this?" ... I *really* liked how they threaded the death of Leanard Nimoy/Spock into the narrative. I had thought it would be a passing reference, but it plays a meaningful plot point, which brings me to what I feel is a *fantastic* nod to Leonard Nimoy, the original cast, Star Trek in general and the 50th anniversary... .SpoilerTarget"> Spoiler: very nice touch ... Spock had learned of Ambassador Spock's death at the beginning of the movie. In the last ten minutes, Spock receives the personal belongings of Ambassador Spock. There was some expected Vulcan paraphernalia... and this photo (finally managed to find the right one!): And that my friends, is by far and away the best, least convoluted way to get Shatner into the Kelvin-verse.  


Tosk Admiral Admiral

Just got back and loved it. As much as I like a lot of ST09 (not so much STID), it's nice to have a nuTrek movie that doesn't have completely asinine plotting. Some may find some parts lacking and I won't argue, but everything generally makes sense which is a welcome upgrade. The character interaction, the winks, the eggs, the nods...loved it all.  
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Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is a Must See For Star Trek Fans

Nicholas Maylor of Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is a Must See For Star Trek Fans

Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Star Trek – The Original Series, Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth Star Trek film and the third set in the “Kelvin Timeline” as established in J.J. Abrams STAR TREK (2009). This marks the first film in the rebooted series not be directed by Abrams with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) taking the helm, albeit with Abrams still on as producer.

BEYOND starts by following the crew of the  Enterprise  3 years into their 5 year mission. After visiting “Yorktown” a massive space station, the   Enterprise  is dispatched on a rescue mission at a nearby nebula. The rescue mission turns into an ambush when the ship is attacked by Krall (Idris Elba) and his fleet of space ships. The onslaught leaves the crew of the ship to abandon the  Enterprise  and we see the ship crash land onto a planet after being reduced to just the saucer. The crew is stranded into smaller groups with Bones (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) making up one group searching for survivors while Kirk (Chris Pine) and Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin) try to find the remains of the  Enterprise.

Star Trek Beyond

With the main cast all returning to their respective roles, BEYOND introduces us to these characters we know, no longer explaining who they are and their motivations. We already know them. Chris Pine is confident as James T. Kirk and refreshingly gets to play the straight-man to much of the action happening around him. Zachary Quinto is once again stoic and thoughtful as Mr. Spock with Karl Urban providing much comic relief and charm as Dr. McCoy (Bones). The cast all perform admirably and Idris Elba (while somewhat of a cookie-cutter villain still manages to carry the role that others might make looks silly). Justin Lin (who is no stranger to action) seamlessly takes over the helm from J.J. Abrams of the last two films. Abrams was busy with Star Wars The Force Awakens so declined to direct this film but Lin proves himself more than able to take over. The films action scenes are top-notch and what we have come to expect from the series while the films still demonstrates significant character development. Kirk and Spock are both questioning their respective positions at Starfleet. Spock is dealing with loss in more than one way.

While the stakes might not feel as high as they were in the first two films, Star Trek BEYOND is more than a satisfactory installment of the series. The death of Leonard Nimoy is handled with care and reverence while the decision to make Sulu gay is handled in the right way. Mr. Sulu is gay. He has a husband and a daughter AND? That’s it. No fuss. No muss. Kudos to the team behind Star Trek for this as it seems like a smart thing to do moving forward with the series. After the tragic death of Anton Yelchin this year, J.J. Abrams has announced that he WILL NOT be replaced in the following films. This I think is also the right thing to do. If you are a fan of Trek, I can surmise that while this film may not break any earth-shattering new ground, it is more than enough to satisfy for 2 hours. See it.

Star Trek Beyond

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After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise , halfway into its five-year mission, is destroyed by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy who has a well-earned hatred of the Federation and what it stands for.

  • 1.1 Prologue
  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 2 Log entries
  • 3 Memorable quotes
  • 4.3.1 Under Roberto Orci
  • 4.3.2 Under Justin Lin
  • 4.4 Filming
  • 4.5 Continuity
  • 5.1 Marketing
  • 5.2 Posters
  • 5.3 Box office
  • 5.4 Reception
  • 5.5 Merchandise gallery
  • 6 Awards and honors
  • 7.1 Credits
  • 7.4 Second Unit
  • 7.5 Dubai Unit
  • 7.6.1 Uncredited
  • 7.7.1 Unconfirmed
  • 7.8 Stand-ins
  • 7.9.1 Unconfirmed
  • 7.9.2 Companies
  • 7.11.1 Graphic references
  • 7.11.2 Balthazar M. Edison's personnel file
  • 7.11.3 Diagnostic wrap display
  • 7.11.4 Public transporter menu
  • 7.11.5 Starbase Yorktown memorial wall (unseen material)
  • 7.11.6 Spock Prime's holophoto – Senior staff of the USS Enterprise -A
  • 7.11.7 Spock Prime's obituary
  • 7.11.8 Unreferenced material
  • 7.11.9 Deleted graphics references
  • 7.12 External links

Summary [ ]

Prologue [ ].

Kirk on Teenax

Kirk offering a piece of the Abronath as a gesture of peace

In early 2263 , on the planet of Teenax , Captain James T. Kirk is negotiating a treaty between the Teenaxi Delegation and the Fibonan Republic who are long-term enemies. He presents a piece of an ancient weapon as a gesture of goodwill, but the Teenaxian leader asks where it comes from. When Kirk says the Fibonans acquired it a long time ago, the Teenaxians accuse the Fibonans of stealing the artifact . The Teenaxians (who turn out to be quite small creatures compared to Humans), attack Kirk. As a result, he flips open his communicator and urgently asks Montgomery Scott that he be beamed up. He is eventually evacuated to the USS Enterprise , accidentally taking two Teenaxians with him. Walking down a corridor in his torn uniform, Kirk is followed by Spock and Leonard McCoy . Kirk asks his first officer to log the artifact in the ship's archive vault . " Jim, you look like crap, " McCoy says. Kirk sarcastically thanks the doctor. When McCoy asks the captain if he is all right, Kirk replies, " Never better. Just another day in the fleet. "

Act One [ ]

USS Enterprise bridge crew 2263

The crew of the Enterprise anticipate shore leave

USS Enterprise at Yorktown

The Enterprise arrives at Yorktown

The stardate is 2263.2. It has been nine hundred and sixty-five days since the USS Enterprise began its five-year mission . The Enterprise docks at Starbase Yorktown , an extensive deep space colony containing a large city, to replenish dwindling supplies while the crew takes shore leave . Struggling to find continued meaning in his duties as captain, and becoming increasingly affected by thoughts of the death of his father, George Kirk , Kirk applies for a promotion to vice admiral .

Spock learns of Spock Prime's death

Spock learns that Spock Prime has died

Meanwhile, Spock and Nyota Uhura deal with a time-out in their relationship; Hikaru Sulu reunites with his husband Ben and their young daughter; and Montgomery Scott struggles to keep the ship operational. Spock is also distraught to find that his alternate reality counterpart has recently passed away.

Kalara in UT

Kalara rescued and brought to Yorktown

An escape pod is found drifting out of a nearby nebula and its occupant, Kalara , claims her ship is stranded on the planet Altamid , which is located past the dangerous, unexplored nebula that will block communications with Starfleet . In a meeting with Yorktown's commanding officer Commodore Paris , Kirk volunteers the Enterprise for the rescue mission, and they get through the nebula with some difficulty, and eventually arrive at Altamid, which Spock finds to be a sparsely-populated class M world. Not long after arrival, the Enterprise comes under attack from a swarm of thousands of small, heavily-armed alien ships. Kirk orders a counterattack, but the Enterprise is overwhelmed by the enemy's sheer volume and strength; the ship's phasers , navigational deflector , and warp nacelles are destroyed within minutes.

USS Enterprise's deflector dish destroyed

The swarm cripples the Enterprise

With the Enterprise crippled and helpless, several of the attacking ships breach the hull, and a boarding party commanded by the swarm's leader, Krall , boards the ship. They make their way to the ship's vault, and on the way there Krall captures and drains the life force from several Enterprise crewmen, leaving them as withered husks. Scott attempts to restore power to the ship's impulse drive by feeding it from the warp core , but Krall orders the swarm to resume its attack. They destroy the neck section of the Enterprise , separating the saucer and engineering hulls, and leaving the saucer powerless due to Scott's modifications, leaving no way of switching over to the saucer's reserve power without a separation . Spock and Dr. McCoy are in a turbolift car that is ejected into space and subsequently captured by a swarm craft, but they managed to get into the craft and overpower its occupants.

Krall boards the Enterprise

Krall boards the Enterprise

Krall arrives at the ship and attempts to get to the vault to take the artifact from the Enterprise 's mission from Teenax. However, Kirk gets to the artifact first and gives it to Ensign Syl before ordering the crew to abandon ship. As the separated engineering hull begins to disintegrate, most of the crew escape in escape pods , only for the swarm ships to capture them and drag them back to the planet. Seeing this, Scott fires himself out of the ship in a advanced long-range torpedo casing.

Kirk during Battle of Altamid

Kirk on the bridge in the last moments of the Enterprise

Kirk goes to separate the saucer from the neck but Krall attacks him before Kirk can initiate the separation. Uhura goes on to separate the saucer and gets left behind with Krall in the neck section while Kirk is on the saucer side.

USS Enterprise saucer crash

The Enterprise 's saucer burning up

Kirk reaches the bridge, which by now is occupied only by Sulu, Chekov , Kalara, and a few other crewmen. However, Chekov reports that the saucer is too badly damaged to keep in orbit, and will crash within minutes. Kirk orders the remaining crew to abandon the ship by Kelvin pods once it enters the atmosphere (though everyone except for himself, Chekov, and Kalara are also captured), and is the last person to leave the Enterprise . Moments later, the saucer crashes into a mountain range, and what remains of it crash-lands in a field, embedding itself into the earth.

Act Two [ ]

Scott, who has landed elsewhere, is saved from some of the planet's unruly inhabitants by an alien scavenger named Jaylah and taken to her makeshift home, which he discovers to be the wreckage of the USS Franklin , which went missing almost one hundred years prior . Meanwhile, the swarm craft hijacked by Spock and McCoy crash-lands on the planet, badly injuring Spock and forcing McCoy to perform some very hasty surgery in order to save his life.

Grinning spock

" God, you're getting delirious. "

After discovering that the alien artifact originated from the planet on which they had crash-landed, Spock reveals to McCoy that he is reconsidering his place in Starfleet after Spock Prime's death. The two are then attacked by the swarm only to be saved by Scott, who has repaired the Franklin 's transporter system.

Meanwhile, Kirk and Chekov force Kalara to admit she lured the Enterprise into a trap, claiming that Krall promised to return her crew to her in exchange for the Enterprise and her own crew. With their tricorders having insufficient range to locate the rest of the crew, the trio board the crashed saucer in order to use its sensors. Kirk pretends to go to retrieve the artifact in a corridor and Kalara turns on him and reveals that her "crew" never existed; she's been in league with Krall from the very start. Fortunately, Kirk had seen through her, and Chekov rescues him as more of Krall's troopers arrive. Outnumbered and trapped, Kirk ignites the fuel tank for the saucer's maneuvering thrusters , which allows them to escape, but also causes the saucer to flip over, killing Kalara and the troopers, and causing the fuel tanks to explode, leaving the mostly-destroyed saucer as all that remains of the USS Enterprise .

Spock and Chekov

" You gave your girlfriend a tracking device? " " ...That was not my intention. "

Meanwhile, Krall demands the artifact, threatening to kill Sulu if he does not get it. Syl relents and gives Krall the artifact, which he reveals to be the final component of a weapon called the Abronath that attacks organic tissue and which he intends to unleash on Starbase Yorktown. Krall then tests the weapon on Syl, dissolving her completely in the process.

When the group consisting of McCoy, Spock, Scott, Kirk, Chekov, and Jaylah has ascertained the location of the captured crew through Uhura's vokaya amulet, the group formulates a plan to infiltrate Krall's base. Jaylah is initially fearful of this, remembering the death of her family at the hands of Krall and his people, but Scott and Kirk are able to persuade her to help out.

Act Three [ ]

Spock, Jaylah, and McCoy

Spock, Jaylah, and McCoy beam into Krall's base

As Krall departs for Starbase Yorktown, Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and Jaylah rescue the crew before repairing the Franklin and also setting a course for the starbase. Spock and McCoy beam aboard an attacking drone ship and discover a way to disrupt the drones' cohesion, allowing the Franklin and the starbase to destroy much of the drone fleet using discordant noise on a very high frequency (VHF), provided courtesy of Jaylah's collection of "classical" late 20th century music.

After a brief battle between the swarm and Yorktown's defenses, Krall still manages to board the starbase despite the Battle of Yorktown , which eventually culminates in the Franklin intercepting his ships in a maneuver near the starbase's central control complex.

Balthazar Edison

Krall's original identity: Captain Balthazar Edison

As they look for him, Uhura learns from the Franklin 's video logs that Krall's original name was Balthazar Edison and that he was born Human . Before his sudden disappearance, Edison had been the captain of the Franklin . He had been declared missing in action by Starfleet, and had ended up crashing onto Altamid, which was a former mining colony of an alien species known as the Ancient Ones, who had left drone equipment and other technology behind. Edison, and at least two of his crewmates, had used the remains of this technology to prolong their lives, and to build new military vessels. However, the use of the life-extension technology had also rendered the former members of the Franklin unrecognizable as Humans because they acquired some of the biological attributes of the other species they lured for their consumption.

Once Krall/Edison is on board the Franklin , he steals a command division Starfleet uniform and reverts to a mostly Human appearance after draining the life force from several more Enterprise crewmembers, healing the injuries he suffered when his ship was crushed.

Kirk confronts Krall at Yorktown

Kirk fights Krall to save Yorktown

Krall/Edison prepares to deploy the bioweapon, leading to a chase through the base. Kirk confronts Krall/Edison in the life support hub, and they fight in anti-gravity and weightless conditions in the life support section of Yorktown. Krall/Edison expounds his theory that Humanity needs to be in a state of conflict in order to progress, and that the Federation has stifled this process by bringing about peace in large areas of the galaxy. The fight ends with both Krall/Edison and the Abronath bioweapon being ejected into space, where the Abronath devours him.

Kirk is rescued from suffering the same fate by Spock and McCoy in their hijacked drone. Kirk tells Spock he doesn't know what he would do without him, causing him to contemplate his decision to leave Starfleet.

Spock's group photo

Spock finds Spock Prime's photo of himself along with his crewmates from his reality

Commodore Paris closes the unsolved cases of the fate of Captain Edison and the crew of the USS Franklin . She commends Kirk for his actions and informs him that his promotion to the admiralty is assured. However, Kirk respectfully declines the offer, his experience having rejuvenated his spirit to be a Starfleet officer, stating that "admirals don't fly". Remaining a starship captain, Kirk allows McCoy to lead him to a gathering where McCoy has planned a surprise birthday party for his friend. At a loss for words, Kirk instead raises a toast to the late starship Enterprise and to their fallen comrades. Spock allows himself a look at some of Ambassador Spock's personal effects and finds a photograph of him and his prime reality comrades on the bridge of their Enterprise .

Kirk's birthday party

Kirk's surprise birthday party

Reminding himself of his earlier discussion with Dr. McCoy, Spock elects to live as his alternate self did and remains serving in Starfleet. Kirk offers his condolences on Ambassador Spock's passing to his friend, which Spock accepts and begins to renew his relationship with Uhura. A despondent Jaylah, also present at the gathering, has consumed a large number of alcoholic beverages, which she had been told would "take her edge off", but is clearly not having much of an effect. Hoping to boost her spirits, Scott presents Jaylah with an acceptance letter into Starfleet Academy , courtesy of a few strings pulled by Kirk, who also warns her that Starfleet has many rules but not to follow all of them.

Crew looking at the Enterprise-A

The crew looks at the construction of their new starship

As Kirk and Spock look out of a massive window, they view the construction of a new starship. Considering the perils that had befallen the Enterprise and her crew since they were first assembled five years earlier, McCoy questions whether or not they really should go back out into space. As the starship finishes construction, its primary hull proudly displays her name and registry : USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) . Kirk, Spock, Scott, McCoy, Sulu, Chekov, and Uhura can be heard taking turns paraphrasing Zefram Cochrane :

Log entries [ ]

  • Kirk: " Captain's Log , Stardate 2263.2. Today is our 966th day in deep space , a little under three years into our five-year mission . The more time we spend out here, the harder it is to tell where one day ends and the next one begins. It can be a challenge to feel grounded when even gravity is artificial . But, well, we do what we can to make it feel like home. The crew , as always, continues to act admirably despite the rigors of our extended stay here in outer space. And the personal sacrifices they have made. We continue to search for new life forms in order to establish firm diplomatic ties. Our extended time in uncharted territory has stretched the ship's mechanical capacities. But fortunately our engineering department, led by Mr. Scott, is more than up to the job. The ship aside, prolonged cohabitation has definitely had effects on the interpersonal dynamics. Some experiences for the better, and some for the worse. As for me, things have started to feel a little episodic. The farther out we go, the more I find myself wondering what it is we're trying to accomplish. If the universe is truly endless, then are we not striving for something forever out of reach? The Enterprise is scheduled for a reprovisioning stop at Yorktown , the Federation 's newest and most advanced starbase . Perhaps a break from routine will offer up some respite from the mysteries of the unknown. "
  • Edison: " Captain's log... I don't remember the stardate. All distress calls unanswered. Of the crew , only three remain . I WON'T ALLOW IT! The indigenous race abandoned this planet long ago. They left behind sophisticated mining equipment and a drone workforce . They have some sort of technology that prolongs life . I will do whatever it takes for me and my crew. The Fed-Federation do not care about us. You'll probably never see me again. But if you do... be ready. "

Memorable quotes [ ]

" To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair. "

" You guys break up? What'd you do? " " A typically reductive inquiry, doctor. " " You know Spock, if an Earth girl says, uh, 'it's me, not you', it's definitely you."

" I am Lieutenant Nyota Uhura of the USS Enterprise . And you have committed an act of war against the Federation. " " Federation?! Federation is an act of war. "

" Your captain... why did you sacrifice yourself for him? " " He would have done the same. And if he made it off that ship, he will come for us. " " I am counting on it, Lieutenant Uhura. "

" Yeah, I say it hurts less when it's a surprise. " " If I may adopt a parlance with which you are familiar, I can confirm your theory to be "horseshit". "

" Come now, Montgomery Scotty. "

" Leaving me behind will significantly increase your chances of survival, Doctor. " " Well that's damn chivalrous of you, but completely out of the question. " " It is imperative that you locate any surviving crew. " " Here I was thinking you cared. " " Of course I care, Leonard. I always assumed my respect for you was clear. The dialogue we have had across the years has always... " " It's okay, Spock. You don't have to say it. " [McCoy and Spock are surrounded by three of Krall's drone ships] " Well, at least I won't die alone! " [Spock is beamed out from behind McCoy] " Well that's just typical."

" This is where the frontier pushes back. "

" You're part of something bigger now, lassie. Right? Dinnae give up on that. 'Cause we'll sure as hell never give up on you. That is what being part of a crew is all about. "

" What happened to you out there, Edison? " " Ed-i-son? I have to say, Kirk, I missed being me. We lost ourselves, but gained a purpose! A means to bring the galaxy back to the struggle that made Humanity strong. " " I think you're underestimating Humanity. " " I fought for Humanity! Lost millions to the Xindi and Romulan wars. And for what? For the Federation?! To sit me in a captain's chair and break bread with the enemy! " " We change. We have to. Or we spend the rest of our lives fighting the same battles. "

" You lost. There's no way for you to make it back there! Give up! " " What, like you did?! I read your ship's logs, Captain James T. Kirk. At least I know what I am! I'm a soldier! " " You won the war, Edison. You gave us peace! " " Peace... is not what I was born into. "

" You... can't stop it. You will die. " " Better to die saving lives, than to live with taking them. That's what I was born into. "

" To the Enterprise ... and to absent friends. "

" You really want to head back out there, huh? "

" Space. The final frontier. " " These are the voyages of the starship... " " ... Enterprise . Its continuing mission... " " explore strange new worlds... " " seek out new life... " " ...and new civilizations... " boldly go where no one has gone before. "

Background information [ ]

The film takes place two-and-a-half years into the characters' five-year mission , [1] when the USS Enterprise is attacked by the Swarm and the crew is marooned on an unknown world as a consequence. They gain an ally in Sofia Boutella 's alien warrior, Jaylah. [2]

Idris Elba plays the Swarm's leader, Krall, who detests the Federation's philosophy and opposes its introduction to the wider galaxy. [3] Elba said, " There's definitely an opposing argument to the good that the Federation think they do. There are purists that believe in independence, and believe that we're all made differently for a reason, and will fight tooth and nail to defend that. There's massive relatability to modern world politics in that sense. " [4]

J.J. Abrams had stated he would like more female characters in the sequel. [5] He also mentioned the sequel could fall back on abandoned story ideas for the characters. " There was [an idea] implying the sexuality of one of the characters, a back story for another character that was pretty intense, a really funny story we wanted to do with yet another. Hopefully, if there are future films, those other stories will get their moment, " he said. [6] Roberto Orci has voiced support for having a gay character. [7]

William Shatner was contacted about a possible role in the film. Along with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy had been rumored to appear, in a scene with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto , as the future alternate reality versions of the characters. [8] In the wake of Nimoy's death on 27 February 2015 , Simon Pegg mentioned there would be some tribute to the late actor in the final film. [9] On 27 May 2015 , Pegg mentioned that it was possible Shatner could portray Kirk again at some point, [10] but Shatner confirmed he would not appear and he never discussed it. [11] Shatner's Kirk and Nimoy's Spock appear in the film in a still handled by the actor Zachary Quinto.

Zoë Saldana stated she would dislike it if Spock and Uhura broke up, describing that possibility as potentially "heartbreaking" for her. Concerning the film's action quotient, she speculated, " I'm pretty sure that for this third installment, we'll be able to sort of [...] be more hands-on. " [12] Lin said their relationship will be consistent and acknowledge what came before. [13]

Bruce Greenwood expressed hope that Christopher Pike could return, which he referred to as a "deep, deep wish to come back." Although Pike dies in Star Trek Into Darkness , Greenwood suspected Khan Noonien Singh 's revitalizing blood could be used to bring Pike back to life. As a result, he confirmed, laughing, that he would be interested in reprising the role in " Star Trek III: The Search for Pike ", an in-joke reference to the title of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock . In a serious manner, Greenwood related he would be interested in further resolution to the relationship between Pike and Kirk. ( Star Trek Magazine Special 2015 , p. 21) In reference to Kirk, he concluded, " Whatever happens in the third film, it will give the audience a sense of progression and change; an arc and a character that's really growing with them. " ( SciFiNow , issue 80, p. 26)

On 2 February 2015 , the on-line movie and television news site reported that, for the new Star Trek film, three new major female roles would be cast. One of them would be the President of the United Federation of Planets , one would be a starship captain , and the third would be an ex-wife of Doctor McCoy , who was to be depicted as having several former wives. The male villain would be a Bryan Cranston -like type and the website also stated that Cranston was in talks with the studio. All this proved to be false. [14]

The working title for this sequel was "Washington" and "Washington Project". [15] [16] [17] On 21 April 2015 , announced that Star Trek Beyond "may be the title" of the film. [18] The title was later confirmed by Director Justin Lin . [19]

Development [ ]

Under roberto orci [ ].

Producer Bryan Burk commented that Paramount wanted the third film to take less time to produce than Star Trek Into Darkness took, and that 2016 – the 50th anniversary of Star Trek – would be a logical year to release it. [20] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman added that Paramount insisted on a 2016 release date. [21]

J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness , chose to direct Star Wars Episode VII , and accordingly only produce this film. [22] Abrams noted, " Having directed pilots and movies and then having seen subsequent directors work on those shows or do their own versions of those films – time and again I have seen it done better. " [23] Patrick McKay stated, " Bad Robot , J.J., and his team are really at the heart of this movie's development. They are the guiding light by which we all do our work. J.J.'s been a key part of helping us spin this tale from the beginning, and if there are people who think that we've lost him to Star Wars this time around, that’s not the truth as far as we see it. " [24]

In an interview published on 6 May 2013 , Michael Giacchino expressed he was open to return to score the film, saying, " I’d be happy and honored to do another if that was in the future. " [25]

In August 2013 , then-writing partners Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller pitches to J.J. Abrams a story with an antagonist who "...was more a 'noble adversary' a la Balance of Terror than another Khan . There was also Dyson Sphere [sic] and an ancient, Lovecraftian menace to the galaxy." [26] [27]

In September 2013 , J.J. Abrams acknowledged rumors that Rupert Wyatt could helm the sequel, stating, " He's incredibly talented, and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go. " [28]

On 2 November 2013 , it was reported that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was Paramount's choice to direct the film, though reports differed as to whether or not he had already begun negotiations to join the project. According to Variety , Cornish was offered the film once before, in May 2013 , but had turned it down. [29] [30] [31] Abrams voiced his support for Cornish, stating, " I don't know if [he] is the guy. My guess is that's up in the air. I adore him and love him and can't wait to see what he does next. Hopefully, it will be Star Trek." [32]

On 6 December 2013 , it was announced that up-and-coming screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay would be writing the script alongside Roberto Orci. It was also announced that Alex Kurtzman would not be involved with the project, due to work on The Amazing Spider-Man movies and other projects. [33]

In February 2014 , J.D. Payne explained they were trying to come up with a classic Star Trek storyline, where " You should respond to this opportunity that the crew has that also has some pitfalls to it [....] It's sort of the Adam and Eve thing, where should we eat the fruit or not eat the fruit? Well, there are some very compelling reasons why they should and why they shouldn't. So, [there are] similar kinds of things here that really give the whole movie an opportunity to sort of play with that, and have people come down on different sides and wrestle with it. " [34]

In April 2014 , it was revealed Roberto Orci had been lobbying to direct the film, but Paramount was reluctant to allow him, as he had never directed before. However, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions were supportive. [35]

At the US premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness on 2 May 2013 , Damon Lindelof hinted that the prospect the Klingons would declare war on the Federation would come to fruition, and that Benedict Cumberbatch would return as Khan Noonien Singh . [36] However, Lindelof was not involved with the sequel.

Later in May 2013, Paramount relented to Roberto Orci's appeals, offering him the director's chair. [37]

In an interview published on 29 June 2014 , Patrick McKay implied the film may not have a villain, explaining that, while he loved Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , he also loved the other films " that have a little bit more of the character relationships and the humor and some more of the speculative sci-fi elements. " [38]

In July 2014 , Roberto Orci clarified that he was not technically directing the film until Paramount approved the script. [39] On 9 August 2014 , Orci proclaimed he had finished a first draft of the script. [40] On 27 August 2014 , he revealed that the casting process for other characters had begun. [41]

On 18 September 2014 , Zachary Quinto stated he expected the film to start shooting within the next six months. [42] The next day, it was confirmed that shooting would begin in February 2015 , with a summer 2016 release date. An official announcement was to be made soon thereafter with a specific release date. [43]

As the domestic gross of Star Trek Into Darkness (which stood at US$228.5 million) was less than the first film, Paramount made the decision to film the sequel outside Los Angeles to save money. " We're making it for what it should have been shot for last time if we had made it outside of L.A., which we would have done except that [J.J. Abrams] didn't want to, " a studio source told The Hollywood Reporter . " That was a $20 million issue. " [44]

On 29 September 2014 , Mayor Park Wonsoon confirmed he had met with the producers, including Jeffrey Chernov , and confirmed Seoul in South Korea as one of the filming locations for Star Trek Beyond . [45] According to, the film would be shot primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which would also be used for outside filming locations. [46]

Roberto Orci officially stepped down from directing the film on 5 December 2014 . Orci remained attached the project as an in-name producer, but ceased to by involved in production. [47] While the film was without a director, Jonathan Frakes lobbied to be given the opportunity to direct the movie. ( SFX , issue 270, p. 63)

Under Justin Lin [ ]

On 22 December 2014 , it was announced that Justin Lin had been hired to direct the film. [48] Two days later, it was announced that Roberto Orci would only produce the film and will no longer be involved in the writing process. [49]

A childhood fan of Star Trek: The Original Series , Lin was called by J.J. Abrams while filming the second season of True Detective . [50] After learning he was not beholden to any previous script, Lin decided to go " new and fresh. The Klingons , Romulans and other species are great, but it's time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species. " [51] Simon Pegg coined the title when he recognized Lin was trying to take Star Trek "beyond". [52]

On 21 January 2015 , it was announced that principal filming would start on 15 April 2015 at Vancouver Film Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. [53] It was also announced that Simon Pegg and Doug Jung would help write the film. [54] Jung came to stay at Pegg's house to co-write the script; whenever they felt they completed enough of the rewrite, they would pass time by watching episodes of the original show. [55] They also consulted Memory Alpha, with Pegg claiming " We actually wrote to the Memory Alpha guys and got them to name a certain device in the movie. I sent them a letter saying, 'Can you come up with this for me?' In two hours, they came back with an entire etymological history of what the thing was. It's beautiful. It’s fantastic to have that support network. " [56]

Simon Pegg commented Paramount felt Roberto Orci's script was " a little bit too Star Trek -y. Avengers Assemble [the release title of The Avengers in the United Kingdom], which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5 billion. Star Trek Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there's still $1bn worth of box office that don't go and see Star Trek . And they want to know why. " Pegg described the rewrite as being akin to "mak[ing] 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". [57]

Pegg also explained they wanted to mark the 50th anniversary by deconstructing the franchise. " 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. " He also said, " We're gathering a great community within the galaxy, but to what end? What does it all mean? " [58]

The character of Jaylah was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Ree in the 2010 film Winter's Bone . Pegg and Jung referred to her by Lawrence's nickname "J. Law", eventually inspiring the name "Jaylah". [59]

On 24 February 2015 , it was reported that filming was pushed back to begin on 1 June 2015 and continue on until September. [60]

In March 2015 , Stephen F. Windon was confirmed as the film's cinematographer, replacing Roberto Orci's choice of Claudio Miranda . [61] It was also confirmed that Nick Satriano had replaced the previously announced First Assistant Director Kim H. Winther . [62]

With the release of the official casting call, it was confirmed that shooting in Vancouver, B.C. would be starting on 15 June 2015 and continuing through 15 October 2015 . To be considered being an actor, extra, or crew member on the new film, a legal eligibility for working in Vancouver was a requirement. Extras casting would get underway in May 2015 . [63]

On 2 June 2015 , it was reported that the first draft of the script had been finished. [64]

On 13 June 2015 , Michael Giacchino said he had not yet talked to the makers of Star Trek Beyond about the prospect of him returning to Star Trek in order to compose this film. The reason no contact had been made was partly because Giacchino himself had been extremely busy but also " because they're in such a crazy schedule crunch [....] But I imagine that I will be talking to them soon about all of this, and we'll figure out what’s going to happen next, " he said. [65]

Deep Roy was confirmed to be returning as Keenser on 8 July 2015 , having canceled a convention appearance for filming on Star Trek Beyond . [66]

On 11 July 2015 , Michael Giacchino announced his participation in the movie by tweeting, " So thrilled to be working with Justin Lin and the rest of the Enterprise crew on Star Trek Beyond ! Let's boldly go! " [67] [68] He commented that Beyond is not as gritty and earthbound as the previous two films, so the score would feel different. [69]

It was announced on 24 July 2015 that Joe Taslim had been cast in a key role opposite Idris Elba. [70]

On 7 August 2015 , Joseph Gatt confirmed that the character he played in Star Trek Into Darkness , Science Officer 0718 , would not be returning for Star Trek Beyond , due to script rewrites eliminating his role from the story. [71]

The Italian press reported on 24 October 2015 that former Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had been cast to play a doctor. [72]

Bryan Burk observed, " In the beginning, you could see a palpable sense of excitement as the cast started to work with [Justin Lin]. " ( SFX , issue 270, p. 71)

Addressing the involvement of Roberto Orci and his co-writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, Justin Lin said on 14 December 2015 " The WGA has to figure it out, because I don’t know who those writers are, I never met them. I came on, I had an idea and then Simon and Doug came on. I had one conversation with Orci after I came on, and that was it. " [73]

While the first trailer credited Simon Pegg and Doug Jung , it also credited Roberto Orci , John D. Payne , and Patrick McKay . The second trailer only credited Pegg and Jung.

Due to Warner Bros. Pictures becoming Paramount Pictures, the copy of the Paramount logo that came from the film was replaced with a new copy of the logo on the DVD.

Filming [ ]

Sofia Boutella and Justin Lin

Boutella and Lin on set

Justin Lin with Kirk in transporter

Lin and Pine on the set of the Franklin 's transporter

It was reported that filming was pushed back again and was to begin on 25 June 2015 . [74]

On 25, 26, 29 and 30 June 2015 , the production filmed scenes in Squamish Boulders , Squamish, British Columbia. Filming took place around the Kacodemon Boulder and Cave Boulder for the first three shooting days. On the fourth day, filming took place south of the Black Dyke Boulder. [75] The filming schedule was updated on 26 June 2015 and the first set photos as well as a sixteen-page filming permit contract went online. [76] [77]

On 26 June 2015 , Executive Producer David Ellison revealed Dubai as a filming location. [78] [79] Three days later, Director Justin Lin revealed that the title was officially Star Trek Beyond , as well as releasing the first officially released set photo. [80]

On 19 July 2015 , TrekCore reported some set photos from a large green screen build-up located at Kent Hangar Field, west of Vancouver International Airport. In addition, an enormous wooden construction was also spotted. [81] This location was later revealed as a filming location for War for the Planet of the Apes . [82]

Between 11 August 2015 and 13 August 2015 , an open casting call for background roles was held by Miranda Davidson Studios at Dubai City Studio Soundstage, Building B, Ground Floor. [83] [84]

On 14 August 2015 , several more set photos were published on the internet, backing the claim that a Federation starship crash landed on a planet. [85]

On 20 August 2015 , the first set photos from the filming were published by . Several shots gave a detailed view of Sanja Milkovic Hays ' newly designed Starfleet uniforms and also several shots of an alien character played by Sofia Boutella . [86]

On 22 August 2015 , the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) announced an internship program which would run from 13 September until 15 October 2015. The organization meanwhile also confirmed Dubai was to be used as a filming location for Star Trek Beyond , in October 2015. [87]

On 27 August 2015 and 29 August 2015 , Twitter users reported that Star Trek Beyond was filming at Triangle Road in Richmond, B.C. and at the Pitt River Quarries in Red Deer, B.C. [88] [89]

In October 2015, filming started in Dubai. Filming locations included the desert reserve Platinum Heritage and the Dubai Central Park Towers ground in front of the Central Park Tower and the Platinum Tower. [90] [91] [92] [93]

During their filming in Dubai, several set photos were posted on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites, including several images and videos of new alien species. [94] [95] [96] [97] [98] [99]

Principal filming wrapped in Dubai on Thursday 15 October 2015 . [100]

On 11 March 2016 , it was announced that reshoots would occur the following week. It was also announced that Shohreh Aghdashloo would be playing the " High Command of the Federation ". [101] Reshoots wrapped up on 17 March 2016 . [102]

Continuity [ ]

  • In this installment, James T. Kirk begins sporting the hairstyle of his prime universe counterpart on Star Trek: The Original Series .
  • At Starbase Yorktown , Hikaru Sulu meets up with his husband and daughter . It pays homage to former Hikaru Sulu actor George Takei , who is gay. His daughter is possibly Demora Sulu 's alternate counterpart first seen in Star Trek Generations . (This would make her much older than the Demora of the primary timeline, who was born in 2271 .)
  • According to logs of the USS Franklin , Balthazar Edison was a MACO major before he was captain of the Franklin . The logs also said that he participated in the Xindi wars , possibly as one of the MACOs assigned to Enterprise NX-01 under Captain Jonathan Archer in ENT : " The Expanse ". It also mentioned that he fought in the Earth-Romulan War .
  • The Franklin 's registry number (NX-326) is a reference to Leonard Nimoy’s birthday (March 26). The ship is named after director Justin Lin's father.
  • The saucer section crash landing on Altamid is an homage to when the USS Enterprise -D crash-landed on Veridian III in Star Trek Generations .

Green hand - STB end credits

The " giant green hand " seen in the credits

  • One of the many stories of the Franklin 's fate involved a " giant green hand ". This could be an homage to TOS : " Who Mourns for Adonais? ". A giant green hand also appears in the end credits of the film.
  • The ripping of James T. Kirk 's shirt at the beginning of the film is an homage to various Original Series episodes such as " Where No Man Has Gone Before ", " Shore Leave ", " Court Martial ", and " Amok Time " in which Kirk gets into fights and his shirt is ripped.
  • This movie marks the third time an Enterprise is destroyed in a Star Trek film . The original USS Enterprise was destroyed in 2285 in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and the Enterprise -D was destroyed in 2371 in Star Trek Generations .
  • This film marks the second time a ship captained by Kirk has crashed into an ocean, the first time being in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home , and the third time it made contact with the water, the second time being in Into Darkness , when it was hiding on Nibiru .
  • Kirk mentioning the Enterprise being on its 966th day in deep space is a reference to the month that Star Trek: The Original Series first aired: September 1966 .
  • This is the second Star Trek film not to feature any scenes taking place on or near Earth . ( Star Trek: Insurrection was the first.)
  • The photograph of the prime USS Enterprise -A crew Spock views while looking through Ambassador Spock 's belongings near the end of the film is a publicity photo for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier . Terry J. Erdmann commented: " When Spock opened the kit at the end and sees that picture of the original crew, Paula [M. Block] and I just looked at one another. I arranged that photo shoot, getting all the actors together after the fact. They had only shot together as a full cast for a few days, so I had to get the wardrobe, set, lighting, etc. to make that moment happen. I was so pleased to see it on screen when the picture flashed in front of me in the theater. I thought, that photo shoot still has legs ". [103]
  • This marks the third movie to feature Kirk's birthday. The first was shown at the beginning of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the second was the opening scene of Star Trek .
  • Kirk having a drink with McCoy as he discusses his life is reminiscent of many such scenes in The Original Series where Kirk sought Bones' counsel, often over a drink, as seen in episodes such as " The Corbomite Maneuver " and " The Ultimate Computer ".
  • The drink that McCoy dismisses when he finds Kirk drinking is Saurian brandy , the preferred drink of Kirk and McCoy in The Original Series .
  • This is the second film – the first being The Wrath of Khan – where Kirk ponders his future on his birthday.
  • The toast McCoy offers to Kirk while sharing Saurian brandy , " To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair ", is interesting considering that in the prime universe, Kirk requires corrective lenses, being allergic to Retinax V .
  • The toast Kirk gives at his birthday party in honor of the fallen crewmembers was also spoken by his counterpart in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Nemesis , and Kor in DS9 : " Once More Unto the Breach ". His toast to the Enterprise also echoes the toast Montgomery Scott raises to the original Enterprise in TNG : " Relics ".
  • Commodore Paris could possibly be a distant relative to Admiral Owen Paris and his son, Lieutenant Tom Paris , from Star Trek: Voyager . Simon Pegg later confirmed that Commodore Paris was a nod to Tom Paris from Voyager and stated that the commodore " probably " could have been his grandmother. [104]
  • Simon Pegg stated that the names of the two crew members killed by Krall were taken from " Balance of Terror ", Martine and Tomlinson . [105]
  • Chekov states that Scotch whisky was invented by an old woman in Moscow . It is reminiscent of Chekov 's dialogue about Scotch from TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ".
  • Shortly before the Franklin lifts off from Altamid, Kirk asks Sulu if he can fly it. Sulu turns and says, " You kidding me, sir? ". In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior similarly turned toward Janice Rand and said " Are you kidding? ", when she asked if they should report to Starfleet that Praxis had exploded.
  • Given that the film opens on the 966th day of the five-year mission (2 January 2263), it can be extrapolated that the five-year mission began on 12 May 2260 .
  • Spock Prime's date of death is listed on screen as stardate 2263.02, ostensibly the same day as 2263.2, when Kirk records his Captain's log early in the film.
  • This is the third Star Trek film after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek in which no Klingons appear on screen. While Klingon ships appeared in both other films, this is the first where there is no reference to them at all.
  • Karl Urban has said that the medallion he wears at the end of the film, as well as his shirt being open, is an homage to DeForest Kelley 's similar first appearance as McCoy in Star Trek: The Motion Picture . [106]
  • Spock's pondering leaving Starfleet to return to New Vulcan (to dedicate his life to completing the late Ambassador Spock's work) is possibly a reference to the fact that in the prime universe, he left the service soon after the end of the five-year mission (as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture ) to dedicate himself to the kolinahr discipline. By the end of the events of that film, he had resolved his internal conflicts and had decided that his initially reluctant return to Starfleet was now a permanent one. In this film, Spock ultimately decides, after looking at a photo of Ambassador Spock with his fellow aged Enterprise comrades, that he also belongs with his own Enterprise family.
  • This is the first on-screen use of saucer separation since Star Trek Generations , and the first on-screen use by a ship other than the Enterprise -D.
  • This film establishes that Kirk's mother, Winona, is still living, as McCoy asks the captain if he will be calling his mother on his birthday.
  • With a release at Star Trek 's 50th anniversary, this film includes fifty new alien species. [107]
  • In one line, Krall refers to the Federation 's "centuries of expansion"; according to ENT : " These Are the Voyages... ", by the events of the film, the Federation was just over a century old (Although, considering the unknown circumstances of the Franklin 's arrival on this planet, it may be that Krall was the victim of a time dilation effect or Krall has simply lost track of time after so long trapped on Altamid with no awareness of the date on Earth).
  • When Scotty beams Spock and McCoy onto the Franklin separately, he explains that it's so they wouldn't become spliced by the cargo transporter, a prospect that McCoy finds horrifying. This references the Voyager episode " Tuvix " – one of the two people put together by the transporter is a Vulcan, Tuvok .
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode " The Ascent " also features two characters who are often at odds being stuck with each other ( Odo and Quark ) being separated by a one-at-a-time beam-out, with the one initially left behind, Odo, believing Quark has abandoned him (due to death).
  • This is the second time in the alternate reality that equipment originally created for mining was used as a weapon (against the Enterprise ); the first was Nero's ship, the Narada .
  • In his intercom address during the Enterprise 's mission to Altamid, Kirk states to his crew that " There is no such thing as the unknown, only the temporarily hidden. " His prime timeline counterpart similarly stated to his crew, " there's no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood, " in the episode " The Corbomite Maneuver ".
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series , the opening tagline ended with " where no man has gone before ", a wording that could be seen as sexist, so in Star Trek: The Next Generation it was changed to " where no one has gone before ". In Star Trek Beyond , the line is spoken (using "no one") by a woman, Uhura .
  • Thasus is mentioned in the film. Thasus was the homeworld of the non-corporael Thasian species. It was home to Charles Evans after a transport ship crash-landed on the ship.
  • Spock quotes Shakespeare's Measure for Measure , Act 3, Scene 1 - "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope."

Release [ ]

Star Trek Beyond international titles

International title cards: English, Castilian Spanish, Chinese (traditional), French, Spanish, Portuguese

In October 2015, Allociné , a French site for the dates of movie releases, reported that, in France, Star Trek Beyond will be released on 24 August 2016 and will be titled Star Trek sans limites . [108] In January 2016, Paramount Pictures France advanced the release date to 17 August 2016 . [109] The release date in Belgium, Switzerland, and French-speaking communities in Europe was also 17 August 2016. The release date in Quebec and New Brunswick provinces and French-speaking communities in North America was 22 July 2016, the same date as the United States. [110]

Despite not being permitted the chance to direct this film, Jonathan Frakes has nonetheless made supportive comments about it. For example, in the lead-up to the movie's release, he has remarked, " I think Justin Lin is going to do a great job. I'm looking forward to that. " ( SFX , issue 270, p. 63)

Marketing [ ]

Star Trek Beyond cast Omaze

The Star Trek Beyond cast in the July 2015 Omaze campaign announcement video

Washington Code Name

Filming of an Omaze video using the codename "Washington"

On 14 July 2015 , the cast of Star Trek Beyond announced "To Boldly Go", a charity campaign in partnership with Omaze to benefit nine different children's charities:

  • Brave Beginnings (Zoe Saldana)
  • Camp Sunshine (Anton Yelchin)
  • Direct Relief (Zachary Quinto)
  • Heaven Homes (Idris Elba)
  • KidsCan (Karl Urban)
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center (John Cho)
  • Make-A-Wish (Chris Pine)
  • Time is Precious (Simon Pegg)
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ( Susan Nimoy in honor of Leonard Nimoy)

Those who donated would receive prizes, as well as a greater chance of winning a walk-on part in the film for them and a friend, depending on the amount they give. J.J. Abrams previously announced a similar campaign, " Force for Change ", for Star Wars Episode VII. [111] Each week, two of the cast members announced a winner. [112] The winners included Audrianna Davis and friend Summer, [113] Amy and Karen Ackerman, [114] Steven and Nick, [115] Steve Lamb, Linda, and several others. [116]

Omaze reported on the set visit in late September 2015 [117] and announced Adam Horwitz as the winner of the walk-on role. [118]

A trailer for the film was released online on 14 December 2015 , and premiered in theaters before Star Wars: The Force Awakens . [119] The trailer, which was set to the Beastie Boys ' " Sabotage " as a callback to the 2009 film, drew a mixed response from fans as well as George Takei and Wil Wheaton . [120] Simon Pegg admitted to being surprised by the trailer, speculating " the marketing people [were] saying, 'Everyone come see this film, it's full of action and fun.' When there is a lot more to it than that. I didn't love it because I know there is a lot more to the film. " [121]

A full-length trailer was released on 20 May 2016 , to mixed reviews, but was better received than the teaser.

There is a four-issue comic book series titled Star Trek: Manifest Destiny , though it is not branded as an official prequel to the film like previous IDW Publishing comics Countdown and Countdown to Darkness .

Star Trek Beyond is the first film in the franchise not to have a novelization.

Collectible miniatures of starships from the film have been produced by Snapco and more are slated for release by Hallmark and Quantum Mechanix . Ben Robinson , the project manager of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection partwork magazine, has announced that Eaglemoss Collections will be producing a USS Enterprise and a USS Franklin from the film as special issues. Another Beyond starship design will also be produced. Additional starship miniature premiums will be included with Paramount Pictures ' and Walmart home video releases.

Concept art showing the Franklin has been posted at TrekCore . [122] [123]

On 13 March 2016 , it was reported that Paramount had announced the film's international release dates. Thailand would be the first country to show the film, on 19 July 2016 , and Argentina the last, on 1 September 2016 . [124] [125]

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A still from the movie

On 27 March 2016 , the first official still photo from the movie was released as part of USA Today 's summer film preview. [126] [127] More photos were released later, including after the film's second trailer was released. [128]

A promotional single was released for the film in America, " Sledgehammer ", by Rihanna . In China, a different track, " Lost in the Stars " was released by Chinese pop star Zhang Jie (aka Jason Zhang). [129]

Posters [ ]

The first official teaser poster for the film was released alongside the second trailer. [130] Soon after, character posters started being released. [131] The posters featuring Sulu and Uhura had to be re-released following a gaffe that placed their insignia on the wrong side of the uniform. [132]

Logo poster

Box office [ ]

Despite receiving reviews as positive as its two predecessors, Beyond underperformed at the US box office. It opened with US$59.2 million, behind the last two films, and almost a month after its release it only grossed US$196.9 million worldwide, compared to its US$185 million budget. [133] Beyond ultimately grossed US$158.8 million in North America, the lowest total of the three current Star Trek film series, though overseas it made approximately US$183 million, ahead of the first film. At a total gross of US$341.9 million, it was the least successful of the trilogy financially speaking. [134] Not only that, the total gross pitted against its production budget, made Beyond the second all-time worst performing film of the entire Star Trek film franchise in terms of profitability, only surpassed by Star Trek Nemesis . Ironically though, and unlike the latter, Beyond was well received by critics and fans alike, making it as of 2020 the fourth best-received film of the franchise, even beating out, albeit by the slimmest of margins, fan favorite Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – that is, only in this regard as that film was a financial success for the studio.

  • see Star Trek films – Performance summary for further particulars.

The substantial loss suffered by the studio on the account of Beyond , played a major part in the cancellation decision in January 2019 of the fourth alternate reality film . [135]

The dismal box-office performance reflected itself in its resultant domestic sales of DVD and Blu-ray Disc home video formats, equally disappointing. According to the professional industry site The Numbers, the Beyond domestic home video sales (excluding the three-film combo releases) had by June 2020 totaled up to US$42.5 million in contrast to Star Trek 's US$200 million and Into Darkness 's US$80.5 million with an additional US$3.8 million for combo releases of the latter two titles. [136]

Reception [ ]

Forbes magazine argued that Paramount should have given the film a lower budget: " The thing that made [ Beyond ] most appealing to the fans, that it played like a smaller-scale 50th anniversary homage to the spirit and tone of the original show, was the thing that arguably doomed it in terms of blockbuster success. Star Trek Beyond was what its fans wanted it to be. There is value in that over the long run. But Paramount and friends need to realize that Star Trek is never going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy -level success and plan accordingly. " [137] The Forbes commentary touched upon the circumstance that while "old guard" Star Trek fans did show up at the theaters, "new", and non-fans alike failed to do so, they at the time being offered a plethora of apparently more attractive (block buster) alternatives, those stemming from The Walt Disney Company by then owned properties in particular. These not only included the cited Guardians of the Galaxy and others from the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise, but the productions from the in the meantime revived rival Star Wars franchise as well, as detailed in a later Forbes editorial. [138]

Additionally, the alternate reality film franchise had started to cause a rift between the "old guard" fanbase and newcomers to the franchise, with the former expressing their reservations about the alternate reality (re)incarnation, especially for its lack of "the Roddenberry factor", as Star Trek production staff veteran Doug Drexler had put it, [139] (X) but which was present in Beyond , courtesy Director Justin Lin and Writer Simon Pegg, making it the trio's best received one by the [old guard] fanbase. Whereas newcomers on the other hand had flocked to the first two action packed films, precisely because it was fast paced fun and in line with similar fare offered to them by other franchises which catered to the current tastes of contemporary cinema goers (being coined "fun, popcorn movies" by former Star Trek production staffer Roger Lay, Jr. [140] ), they apparently deemed Beyond as "too Trekkie " to their tastes. [141] [142]

Simon Pegg commented two years after the film's release that Paramount had poorly marketed the film, stating they had waited too long to release a full trailer and that they were afraid of mentioning the 50th anniversary. He also expressed anger at how the teaser ruined the use of "Sabotage" in the movie. [143] (X) Pegg did not deviate from his opinions as he reiterated them in March 2020 to IndieWire in an even more outspoken fashion. [144] Incidentally, the studio appeared to have deemed the film "too Trekkie" as well, explaining their marketing decisions regarding the heavy emphasis on action and fun, as related above . Furthermore, Pegg himself came by and large to agree with the Forbes assessment when he at a later point in time – in the process expressing his own personal doubt on the continued existence of the alternate reality and/or the film franchise as a whole for that matter – stated to Collider ,

"The fact is, the appeal of Star Trek is slightly more niche than the appeal of, say, the Marvel movies, which make huge amounts of money, and have this really, really broad appeal and they do very well. I think Star Trek is just a little bit more niche, so it isn’t gonna hit those kind of numbers. So yes, the obvious thing to do would be to not go for that massive spectacle, go for something a little bit more restrained in the vein of the original series. Yes, that would be a brilliant thing to do, and I’m sure it probably has been discussed… You specialize a little bit more. (...) Maybe TV is a better place for [Star Trek] now. Television has evolved so much. It's become something which is very much a contemporary, a peer of cinema. It's simply viewed in a different way. It isn't a reduced scope anymore. You can still do masses of interesting things, and it can still look modern and not inexpensive. Maybe television is a better format for Star Trek. That's where it started, you know." [145]

What Beyond , or rather its poor box office performance, had abundantly and conclusively demonstrated though, was that the reliance on the traditional Star Trek fanbase alone for a motion picture production to become financially viable, was not enough due its relatively small numerical size of potential cinema visitors, especially from the 1990s onward when production costs exploded from double to triple digit millions of dollars, and arguably never had been. Any new Star Trek motion picture production, be it a film or a television production, especially those conceived from the 1990s onward, needed to attract a viewership that extended well beyond "Trekdom" alone, and which was something Paramount was actually already acutely aware of since Berman -era Star Trek . ( A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager , pp. 139-140) It is this circumstance in particular that explained the ponderous and sluggish development of a projected fifteenth film ; Paramount needs a film that is appealing to an audience as broad as possible, [146] the aforementioned Forbes admonishment notwithstanding – hence the resurfacing of the "too Trekkie" qualifier in regard to that projected film.

  • See also in this regard: Star Trek films – Gross vs net profitability

Merchandise gallery [ ]


Awards and honors [ ]

Star Trek Beyond received the following awards and honors.

Links and references [ ]

Credits [ ].

John Cho Simon Pegg Chris Pine Zachary Quinto Zoë Saldana Karl Urban Anton Yelchin And Idris Elba

Sofia Boutella Lydia Wilson

Paramount Pictures And Skydance Present

In Association with Alibaba Pictures

In Association with Huahua Media

A Bad Robot Production

A Sneaky Shark Production

A Perfect Storm Entertainment Production

A Justin Lin Film

In Loving Memory of Leonard Nimoy

  • Captain James T. Kirk – Chris Pine
  • Commander Spock – Zachary Quinto
  • Doctor "Bones" McCoy – Karl Urban
  • Lieutenant Uhura – Zoë Saldana
  • Montgomery "Scotty" Scott – Simon Pegg
  • Sulu – John Cho
  • Chekov – Anton Yelchin
  • Krall – Idris Elba
  • Jaylah – Sofia Boutella
  • Manas – Joe Taslim
  • Kalara – Lydia Wilson
  • Keenser – Deep Roy
  • Ensign Syl – Melissa Roxburgh
  • Tyvanna – Anita Brown
  • Ben – Doug Jung
  • Fi'Ja – Danny Pudi
  • Zavanko – Kim Kold
  • Hider – Fraser Aitcheson
  • Matthew MacCaull ( Blue Shirt 1 )
  • Emy Aneke ( Blue Shirt 2 )
  • Commodore Paris – Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Commander Finnegan – Greg Grunberg
  • Jennifer Cheon ( Control Tower Technician 1 )
  • Jarod Joseph ( Control Tower Technician 2 )
  • Jeremy Raymond ( Control Tower Technician 3 )
  • Kissing Guy – Harry Han
  • Kissing Girl – Gina Brinkman
  • Injured Red Shirt – Adam DiMarco
  • Orion Girl – Fiona Vroom
  • Chancellor Ambassador – Richard Laurence
  • Sir Olden – Doug Chapman
  • Wadjet – Dan Payne
  • Jin – Anthony Shim
  • Jeanine – Andrea Yu
  • Teenaxi Leader – Shea Whigham
  • Jae – Christian Sloan
  • Krall's Henchman – Jake Huang
  • Night Watch Captain – Priya Ragaratnam
  • Yorktown Red Shirt – Luka Hays
  • Thomas Cadrot ( USSE Bridge Crew 1 )
  • Jennifer W. Evans ( USSE Bridge Crew 2 )
  • Roxanne Fernandes ( USSE Bridge Crew 3 )
  • Jake Foy ( USSE Bridge Crew 4 )
  • Jodi Haynes ( USSE Bridge Crew 5 )
  • Nathan Jean ( USSE Bridge Crew 6 )
  • Tarun Keram ( USSE Bridge Crew 7 )
  • J.P. Mulcaster ( USSE Bridge Crew 8 )
  • Edwin Rodriguez ( USSE Bridge Crew 9 )
  • Alex Rose ( USSE Bridge Crew 10 )
  • Polina Soldatova ( USSE Bridge Crew 11 )
  • Sarah Yu ( USSE Bridge Crew 12 )
  • Ian Nsenga ( USSE Bridge Crew 13 )
  • Natalia – Ashley Edner
  • Kalara Alien VO – Sara Maria Forsberg
  • Starfleet Official – Jeff Bezos

Second Unit [ ]

Dubai unit [ ], uncredited [ ].

  • Fernanda Alcantara – Photo Still
  • Halit Alptekin as USSE Crew
  • Carlo Ancelotti as Yorktown doctor
  • Justin Anthony as Swarm Soldier
  • Nicole Anthony as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Alika Autran as Franklin Crew
  • Eric Banerd as Swarm Soldier
  • Ness Bautista
  • Jonathan Buckhouse as Swarm drone
  • Ashley Edner as Pesca
  • Chuka Ekweogwu as USSE Crew
  • Lucius Fairburn as Blue Shirt / Red Shirt / Yellow Shirt
  • Jabbz Farooqi as Lieutenant
  • Rebecca Fielding – Extra: Dubai
  • Justin Fortier as Swarm Soldier
  • Calum Grant
  • Ugnė Gražytė as FBI Agent
  • Cindy Harlow as Vulcan ambassador
  • Joel Harlow as Vulcan ambassador
  • Rich Hill as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Adam Horwitz
  • Rebecca Husain as Enterprise crewmember
  • Sorena Khanlou as Swarm Soldier
  • Nick Langmead – Extra: Dubai
  • James Lawson as Swarm Soldier
  • Richard David Lecoin as Swarm Soldier
  • Oqwe Lin as boy
  • Simon MacIntyre as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Trevor Mack as Enterprise crewmember
  • Christian Mandel as Civilian / Starfleet Officer
  • Natalie Moon as Control Tower Tech
  • J.P. Mulcaster as Enterprise crewmember
  • Kane Nelson as Swarm drone
  • Gai-Lanne Pepper as Enterprise crewmember
  • Werner Pretorius as Boltaan
  • Marc Primiani as Enterprise crewmember
  • Rihanne Quionn as Sulu's daughter
  • Jeff Reyes as Swarm Soldier
  • Harpreet Sandhu as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Arlene Santana as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Nick Satriano as Red Shirt Rescue Crew
  • Jason Matthew Smith as Hendorff
  • Bryce Soderberg as Satine
  • Jamie Soricelli as Enterprise crewmember
  • Adam Stone as Cabinet Member
  • Justin Stone as Security
  • Jaewon Suh as Swarm Soldier
  • Nicole April Webster
  • Natasha Young as USSE Bridge Crew
  • Alan Yu as Swarm Soldier
  • Sam Yunussov as Swarm Soldier
  • Randall Cormier
  • Angela Martine
  • Meghan Noble
  • Britni Peters
  • Craig Smith
  • Robert Tomlinson
  • Laura Yanovich
  • Purple-skinned alien girl
  • Female Vulcan ambassador
  • Male Vulcan ambassador

Stunt department [ ]

  • Andrew Emilio DeCesare – Pre-Production stunt performer
  • Alice Ford – Pre-Production stunt performer
  • Jake Huang – Stunts

Unconfirmed [ ]

  • Philip Chang – Stunt Performer
  • Paul Lazenby – Stunt Performer/Stunt Rigger
  • Don Lee – Stunts
  • Brian Lydiatt – Stunt Rigger
  • Dave Phillips – Utility Stunts
  • Hugo Steele – Stunt Performer

Stand-ins [ ]

  • Jade Pattenden – stand-in and photo double for Zoe Saldana
  • Omar Adam – Production Assistant: Dubai
  • Mike Aichholz – Assistant Accountant
  • Faisal Al Kaabi
  • Richie Alonzo – Creature Sculptor
  • Francisco Alvarez – CG Artist: Double Negative
  • Chyla Anderson – Film Score Vocalist
  • George Antzoulides – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Brandon Aquino – Camera department
  • Chris Arnold – Art Department Assistant
  • Jyoti Arora – Roto Artist: Double Negative
  • Anoushka Babur – Production Intern: Dubai
  • Chris Baer – Mold Maker
  • Rico Bailey – Location Assistant: Dubai
  • Kurt Barretto – Production Assistant: Dubai
  • Heather W. Barth
  • Alvaro Bataller – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Todd Bates – Mold Maker
  • Ashley Bell – Second Assistant Director
  • Dave Benediktson
  • Babak Bina – 3D Artist: Double Negative
  • Bryan Blair – Mold Maker
  • Gerald Blaise – Concept Artist: ILM
  • Roland Blancaflor – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Jacob Bond – Best Boy Electric/Lighting Technician
  • Phillip Joseph Boutté, Jr. – Costume Concept Artist
  • Matt Bowler – Cyber Scanning 3D Artist: Clear Angle Studios LTD
  • Andrea Brown – Extras Casting Director
  • Nancy Anna Brown – Set Designer
  • Lee J. Buckley – Techno Dolly Crane Operator
  • Steve Buscaino – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Norman Cabrera – Creature Sculptor
  • Merve Cangokce – Makeup Artist: Dubai
  • Brad Carlson – VP Physical Production: Paramount Pictures
  • Stephen Carr – Personnel Driver: Chris Pine
  • Michael Cawood – Previs Supervisor: Proof Inc.
  • Jordane Chedotal – Art Department Assistant: Dubai
  • Jason Claridge – Head Scenic Paint Coordinator
  • Leigh Clarke – Unit Production Manager: Dubai
  • Philip Coleman – Technocrane Operator
  • Siobhán Condon – VFX Production Coordinator: Double Negative
  • Robert Consing – Storyboard Artist
  • Hamza Darbar
  • Greg D'Auria – Editor
  • Miranda Davidson – Extras Casting Director: Dubai
  • Andrew Del Rosario – Set Decorator/Swing Gang Boss
  • Francesco Dell'Anna – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Natasha Denis
  • Nuwan de Zoysa – Key Assistant Location Manager: Dubai
  • Kay Di Rezze – Assistant Accountant: Dubai
  • Pranali Diwadkar – Assistant Set Decorator: Dubai
  • Neville Dsouza – Transportation Coordinator: Dubai
  • Olivier Dubard – Gerealist TD: Double Negative
  • Denny Dugally – Art Director
  • Matthew Duvall – Compositing Lead: Atomic Fiction
  • Katerina Dzolganovski – CG Artist: Double Negative
  • John Eaves – Concept Designer: Props
  • Scotty Eugene Fields – Mold Maker
  • Mohammad Ahmed Fikree – Intern
  • Warren Flanagan – Concept Illustrator
  • Tim Flattery – Concept Designer: Ships
  • Christopher Ford – Generalist Technical Director: Double Negative
  • Jeremiah Forkkio – Previs Artist: Bad Robot Productions
  • Dave Freeman ' – Concept Artist: Double Negative
  • Dionys Frei – Aerial Drone Pilot: DediCam
  • Christopher Friend – Photogrammetry Cyberscanning Service: Clear Angle Studios LTD
  • Natasha Gale – Costume Production Assistant
  • Caroline Jimenez Garcia – Layout Technical Director: Double Negative
  • Mayra Garcia
  • Lyall Gardiner – Location Manager: Dubai
  • Natasha Gerasimova – Art Director
  • Paul Giordano – Assistant Location Manager
  • Peter Gluck – Key Assistant Location Manager Overseas Pre-Production
  • Ruslan Goj – Production Assistant: Dubai
  • Liz Goldwyn – Set Designer
  • Catarina Gonçalves – Rotoscopr Artist: Double Negative
  • Ann Goobie – Location Manager
  • Mike Gunther – Second Unit Director
  • Kevin Haaland – Stand-in: John Cho
  • John Halfman – Mold Maker
  • Rupert Hancock – Set Dresser/DMX LED Lighting Technician
  • Rod Haney – Rigging Grip
  • Sean Hargreaves – Special Effects Aerial Unit Director/Senior Concept Designer
  • Dan Hermansen – Art Director
  • Earl Hibbert – Previsualization Supervisor: Proof Inc.
  • David Holm – Transportation Coordinator
  • Chen Kuang Hsu – Matchmove Artist: Atomic Fiction
  • Dwight Huet – Construction Foreman: Dubai
  • Daniel Ibeabuchi – Grip Assistant: Dubai
  • Gregory Irwin – First Assistant "A" Camera Operator
  • Mohammed Ismail – Electrician
  • Faldela Issel
  • James Jackson
  • Jack Jenkins – Roto Artist: Double Negative
  • Romain Joly – Visual Effects Artist: Double Negative
  • Lee Joyner – Sculptor
  • Doug Jung – Original Screenplay Writer
  • Rochard Kamel – Location Manager: Dubai
  • Pradeep Kankara
  • Jenna Kerr – VFX Associate Producer: Atomic Fiction
  • Sara Khangaroot – Visual Effects Production Manager
  • Lukas Tiberio Klopfenstein – Roto/Prep Artist: Double Negative
  • Vikram Kulkarni – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Josh Lange – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Don Lanning – Creature Sculptor
  • Jenne Lee – Art Department Coordinator: Dubai
  • Simon Lee – Concept Artist/Sculptor
  • Eric Lemay – Special Effects Technician
  • Andrew Li – Assistant Art Director
  • Gil Liberto – Head Mold Maker
  • Peter Lliev
  • Kew Lin – Rotoscope Artist: Double Negative
  • Irma Lotosova – Wardrobe Stylist
  • Don Macaulay – Supervising Art Director
  • Abdulrahman Al Madani – Intern
  • Garry Maddison – Colorist: Double Negative
  • África Aguirre Martin – Studio/Data Management: Double Negative
  • Victor Martinez – Concept Illustrator
  • Patrick Mashaba – Camera and Electrical Department
  • Alecia Maslechko – Production Assistant
  • Josh McCarron – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Robert Bruce McCleery – Second Unit Director of Photography
  • Patrick McKay – Writer
  • Michael McMullen – Set Security
  • Uzair Merchant – Assistant Art Director: Dubai Unit
  • Milos Milosevic – 2D Sequence Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Regan Mitchell – Grip
  • Andreas Maaninka – Lead Modeler: Double Negative
  • Maxim Molchanov – Set Dresser
  • Jeremy Mooney-Somers – Effects Technical Director: Double Negative
  • David Moreau – Digital Set Designer
  • Eva Morgan – Production Coordinator
  • Tim Moshansky – Location Scout
  • Andrew E.W. Murdock – Additional Photography Production Designer
  • Ian Mussell – Grip
  • Amit Narwani – Matchmove Artist: Double Negative
  • Katrina Navassartian – Visual Effects Associate Producer: Double Negative
  • Kane Nelson – SAE/Assistant to Movement Coach
  • Michael Nickiforek – Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Alex Noble – Silicone and Foam Casting Artist
  • Aaron Noordally – Prep/Paint Artist: Double Negative
  • Brian Oberquell – Special Effects Artist: Center Forward Productions, Inc.
  • Marc Opdycke – Creature Sculptor
  • Joey Orosco – Creature Sculptor
  • Paul Ozzimo – Concept Illustrator
  • Peter Pacula – Best Boy Rigging Grip
  • J.D. Payne – Writer
  • Philip Pendlebury – Visual Effects Artist: Double Negative
  • Manuel Perez – Digital Compositor: Double Negative
  • Lauren E. Polizzi – Art Director
  • Anne Porter – Digital Set Designer
  • Xin Yi Puah – VXF Editor: Double Negative
  • A. Martin Puentes – Character Animator
  • Rushab Punmiya – Visual Effects Artist: Double Negative Vancouver
  • Mandy Raubenheimer – Assistant Accountant
  • Dominic Ridley – Photogrammetry Cyberscanning Service: Clear Angle Studios LTD
  • Cassandra Rodriguez – Executive Assistant: Paramount Pictures
  • Erick Rodriguez – Creature Sculptor
  • Matt Rose – Creature Sculptor
  • Mike Rotella – Creature Sculptor
  • Raju Sadekar
  • Johnnie Saiko – Mold Maker
  • Rhys Salcombe – 3D Sequence Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Rodolphe Saleh
  • Janine Schiro – First Assistant Accountant
  • Scott Schneider – Specialist Set Designer
  • Benoit Terminet Schuppon – Layout Artist: Double Negative
  • Melissa Shafiq – Makeup Artist: Dubai
  • Daniel Sheridan – Location Assistant: Dubai
  • Oksana Shumylo
  • Andrew M. Siegel – Property Master
  • Romain Simonnet – Generalist TD/Environment TD/Digital Matte Painter: Double Negative
  • Miro Skandera – Previsualization Artist: Bad Robot Productions
  • Craig W. Smith – VFX Editor
  • Sean Stranks – Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Peter Stratford – Set Designer
  • Christo Streak – Accounts Assistant
  • Alan Stucchi – Roto and Prep Site Supervisor-Compositor: Double Negative
  • Marius Swart – Best Boy Grip: Dubai
  • Raghav Tandon – Production Assistant: Bad Robot Productions
  • Andy Taylor – Visual Effects Producer: Double Negative
  • Rhonda Taylor – Second Assistant Director
  • A.J. Teshin – Off-Camera Singer
  • Miles Teves – Creature Sculptor
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Sarah Jane Thompson – Makeup Artist: Dubai
  • Ty Thomson – Previz Artist
  • Davide Tiraboschi – Aerial Drone Camera Operator: DediCam
  • Roger Tortosa – Lighting and Senior Generalist TD: Double Negative
  • George Max Trummler – Third Assistant Director: Dubai
  • Pedro Valdez – Mold Maker
  • Rebecca Valente – Editor: Bad Robot Productions
  • Amy Vatanakul – Previsualization Artist: Bad Robot Productions
  • A.J. Venuto – Mold Maker
  • Karina Villagrana – Makeup department
  • Cameron Ward – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Callum Webster – Set Designer
  • Lindsay Welff – Assistant Property Master: Dubai
  • Neil West – Lookdev and Lighting Technical Director: Double Negative
  • John Wrightson – Creature Sculptor
  • Plamen Yosifov – Art Department Staff
  • Lawrence Zalasky – Layout Technical Director: Double Negative
  • Milena Zdravkovic – Concept Designer
  • Monislav Zhelyazkov – Set Dresser
  • Mohamed AbouAhmed – Scenic Artist: Dubai/Set Plasterer: Vancouver
  • Brandon Allen – Special Effects Technician
  • Samuel Allison – Extras Casting Assistant
  • Anthony Almaraz – Key Costumer
  • Salim Alrazouk – Art Director: Dubai
  • Adam Al-Samarae – Location Assistant: Dubai
  • Marcos Arias – Writer
  • Scott Andrew Armstrong – Rigging Grip
  • Tara Arnett – Graphic Designer
  • Leona Atkinson – Construction Accountant
  • Tania Baaklini – Hotel and Visa Coordinator: Dubai
  • Eric Bachtiar – Data Operations
  • Kristian Bakstad – Stand-in
  • Kurt Barretto – Office Production Assistant
  • Christopher Batty – Pre-visualization Supervisor: Kelvin Optical
  • Bill Baxter – Electrician
  • Eric Benedict – Previsualization Artist
  • Richard Bennett – Storyboard Artist
  • Kris Bergthorson – Concept Designer
  • Justin Bertges – Costumer: Quantum Creation FX
  • Uttham Bhalaykar – Roto Prep
  • Jacob Bond – Rigging Electric Lighting Technician
  • Jeff Bonny – Best Boy Rigging Grip
  • Cole Boughton – Key Production Assistant
  • Peter Boyer – Orchestrator
  • Becky Brake – Supervising Location Manager
  • Michael Brazelton – Compositing Supervisor
  • Keith Brookes – Set Wireman
  • Kurt Bruun – Assistant Property Master
  • Shaun Bullied – Digital Asset Manager
  • Zack Bunker – Digital Asset Manager
  • Richard K. Buoen – Storyboard Artist
  • Riki Butland – "C" Camera Operator
  • Benjamin Cairns – Third Assistant Director
  • Leslie Cairns – Cutter
  • Loree Cameron – Graphic Designer
  • Lanny Campbell – Key Ager/Dyer
  • Matthew Campbell – Lead Greensman
  • Max Cannella – Production Coordinator: Paramount Pictures
  • Andrea Carter – Art Department Coordinator
  • Chris Cavanaugh – Digital Imaging Technician
  • David C.P. Chan – Action Sequence Contributor
  • Julian Chapdelaine – Grip: Vancouver
  • Jesse Chapman – Assistant Editor
  • John Chaschowy – Lead Greensman
  • Lynn Chaulk – Scenic Artist
  • Clem Chen – Painter
  • Tom Chen – Video Assist Assistant
  • Michael A. Cheng – Photo Double/Stand-in
  • Peter Chiang – Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative
  • Stephen Cholakis – Driver: Set Decorations
  • Steve Christensen – Art Director
  • Genevieve Claire – Visual Effects Line Producer
  • Kelly Coe – Special Effects Fabricator
  • Steve Collins – Special Effects Fabricator
  • Joey J. Cook III – Second Unit "A" Camera Operator
  • Christian Cordella – Costume Concept Artist
  • Dave Cory – First Assistant Editor
  • Marcela Coto – Previs Coordinator: Proof Inc.
  • Brian Cunningham – Concept Illustrator
  • John Dale – Construction Coordinator
  • Joe Datri – Hydrascope Technician
  • Nicholas Dent – Grip
  • Olivier Deveux – Digital Matte Painter: Atomic Fiction
  • Allison Dillard – Production Safety
  • Nick Diomis – Unit Driver
  • Daren Dochterman – Prop Concept Artist
  • James Doh – Storyboard Artist
  • Whitney Donald – Researcher
  • David Dowling – Property Master
  • Kim Doyle – VFX Production Supervisor
  • Cameron Drinkle – Video Coordinator
  • Kirsten Dumont-Aubrey – Sculptor
  • Rhonda Earick – Costumer Ager/Dyer
  • Troy Eirich – Props
  • Spencer Ennis – 2nd Unit 2nd Assistant "A" Camera Operator
  • James Fantin – Accounting Clerk
  • Lisle Fehlauer – Set Dresser
  • Suzie Fox – Production Assistant
  • Kimberly French – Still Photographer
  • Jeff Frost – Concept Model Maker
  • Jack Gauvreau – Head Sculptor
  • Chris Gibbins – Second Unit First Assistant Camera Operator
  • Selena Ginger – Payroll Accountant
  • Betsy Glick – Costumer
  • Sean Goojha – Assistant Art Director
  • Dan Gorval – Best Boy Grip
  • Dave Greenbaum – Driver: Hair and Makeup
  • Caitlin Groves – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Geoffrey Haley – Steadicam Operator: "A" Camera Operator
  • Rupert Hancock – Set Dresser/Set Wireman
  • Rod Haney – Rigging Grip Best Boy
  • Michael Hanna – Lighting Technician/Set Wireman
  • Tommy Harper – Executive Producer
  • Melissa Harrison – Assistant Property Master
  • Chris Hatchwell – Special Effects Assistant
  • James L. Head – Grip
  • David Heffler – Makeup FX Coordinator
  • Chris Henderson – Animator: Props
  • Amy Hetland – Set Costumer
  • Rob Hinderstein – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Steven Hoffart – Set Dresser
  • Eliza Hooker – Set Decoration Coordinator
  • David Husby – Sound Mixer
  • Ron Irvine – Transportation Captain
  • Elsey Israel – Trainee Assistant Director/Production Assistant
  • Annie Jackson – Social Media Specialist: Bad Robot
  • Anne Jacobsen – Production Accountant
  • M. Faraz Javed – Production Staff
  • Trevor Johann – Production Assistant
  • Cameron Johnson – Assistant Colorist: Double Negative
  • Meaghan Irene Johnson – Additional Trainee Assistant Director
  • Dave Joshi – Video Coordinator
  • Tex Kadonaga – Set Designer
  • Kevin Kasper – Set Dresser
  • Leon Keegan – Facilities Captain: Dubai
  • Joel Kennedy – Third Assistant Director
  • Daniel Castle King – Production Secretary: Los Angeles
  • Richard Klein – International Political Advisor
  • Scott Kozak – Grip Rigger
  • Scott Kukurudz – Additional Third Assistant Director
  • Tracy Lai – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Janet Lane – Payroll Clerk
  • Vince Laxton – Set Wireman
  • Ken Lebre – Senior Dailies Producer
  • Michelle Lee – First Assistant Accountant
  • Sarah Lemmon – Lighting Data Coordinator
  • Terry Lewis – Lead Dresser
  • Sandy Lindala – Prosthetics Coordinator
  • Stephen Richard Lofstrom – Stand-in: Zachary Quinto
  • Nathan Longest – Propmaker
  • Spencer Louttit – Assistant Property Master
  • Shawn Luke – Set Dresser
  • Rohan Lyal – Head Greensman
  • Jessica Lythgoe-Green – Canadian Costume Supervisor
  • Mark MacDonald – Office Production Assistant
  • Richard MacDonald – Lighting Technician
  • Harlow MacFarlane – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Boris Maganic – Sculptor
  • Jacqueline Makkee – Special Effects Technician: Film Illusions
  • Jeff Markwith – Set Designer
  • Andrew Masterson – Helicopter Pilot: Dubai
  • Nick Mather – Set Dresser
  • Sarah Mather – Second Assistant Camera Operator
  • Brian Maxwell – Trainee Assistant Director
  • Carol McConnaughey – Unit Publicist
  • Andrew Lee McConnell – Set Designer
  • Christopher McDonald (editor) – Dailies Operator
  • Michael McLellan – Second Unit Key Grip
  • Curtis McParland – Special Thanks
  • Shane Meehan – Roto Supervisor
  • Himanshu Meena – Senior Matchmove Artist
  • Mark Mentiply – Special Effects Technician
  • J.J. Mestinsek – Scenic Paint Foreman
  • Valeria Migliassi Collins – Script Supervisor
  • Dave Miller – Driver: Cast
  • Juhlene Moller – Payroll Accountant
  • Ryan Monro – Dolly Grip
  • Roderick Dryden Morrison – Production Assistant
  • D. Martin Myatt – Assistant Property Master
  • C. Michael Neely – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Andy Nettleton – Helicopter Pilot: Dubai
  • Christopher Newman – Matchmove Artist: Prime Focus
  • Kieu Nguyen – Head Cutter
  • Meghan L. Noble – First Assistant Editor
  • Jordan Nounnan – Previsualization Artist: Proof Inc.
  • Ron Novak – Set Dresser
  • Timothy Oakley – Prop Fabricator
  • Carrie O'Bray – Transportation Co-Captain
  • Susan O'Hara – Costume Set Supervisor
  • Brad Oleksy – Grip
  • Martin Ostrom – Construction Crew/Lead Laborer
  • Harry E. Otto – Art Director
  • Ken Palkow – Prop Fabricator
  • Robert A. Pandini – Hair Stylist
  • Jessica Parks – Post-Production Supervisor
  • Eric C. Pike – Production Controller
  • Douglas Plasse – Second Unit First Assistant Director
  • Charles Porlier – Special Makeup Effects Artist
  • Emily Putz – Special Effects Assistant
  • Andrea Quaglio – First Assistant "C" Camera Operator: Dubai
  • Paul Rabjohns – Music Editor
  • Aline Rajan-Harjani – Transportation Coordinator
  • Yesi Ramirez – Casting Associate
  • Jim Ramsay – Set Designer
  • Zina Richardson – Costume Buyer
  • Katelyn Rodgers – Specialty Costumer
  • Christopher S. Ross – Concept Illustrator
  • Aja Kai Rowley – Art Department Assistant
  • Tyler Ruocco – Assistant Editor
  • Keith Saayman – Libra Technician
  • Nava R. Sadan – Costume Supervisor
  • Sonya Savova – Set Designer
  • Tysen Schieber – Boom Operator
  • Douglas J. Scott – Art Department Assistant
  • Anna Seltzer – Costumer
  • Trey Shaffer – Graphic Textile Designer
  • Brian Shaw – Second Unit Camera Trainee
  • Hugh Sicotte – Concept Artist
  • Dennis Simard – Lead Set Dresser
  • Tim Simonec – Orchestrator
  • Eira Katrine Sletbak – Assistant Production Office Coordinator: Dubai
  • Dane Allan Smith – Visual Effects Producer: Daneiam, Inc.
  • Jeremy Stanbridge – Art Director
  • Vincent Stander – Production Assistant
  • Irena Stepic – Assistant Costume Designer
  • Aaron Stewart – Lighting Technician
  • Bryan Sutton – Set Designer
  • Sophia Tapia – Payroll Accountant
  • James Tavet – Matchmove Artist: Atomic Fiction
  • Chris Tilton – Orchestrator
  • Khanh Trance – Special Makeup Effects Hair Artist
  • Stacy L. Tyson – Costumer
  • Alex Van Nieuwkuyk – Dailies Operator
  • Alexander Vegh – Pre-Visualization Supervisor: Proof Inc. /Second Unit Director
  • Spencer Village – Rigging Lighting Technician
  • Alan Villanueva – Costume Concept Artist
  • Estelle Vockerodt – Assistant Accountant
  • Paul Wagner – Props
  • Thomas Walker – Second Unit Digital Utility
  • Stephanie Walker-Wells – Production Supervisor
  • Heather Wasylchuk – Assistant Special Effects Buyer
  • Juniper Watters – Sound Utility
  • Beth Welch – Second Unit Third Assistant Director
  • Randall D. Wilkins – Set Designer
  • Allen Williams – Concept Artist
  • Joe Wolkosky – Set Designer
  • Amos Wong – Special Effects Electronics
  • Sauyan Wong – Data i/o Manager
  • Steve Woroniecki – Supervising Location Manager
  • Jane Wu – Storyboard Artist
  • Gary Young – Set Sculptor
  • Khaled Zaazouh – Aerial Coordinator: Dubai
  • Mariela Zapata – Set Costumer/Stand-in
  • Lye Zechari – Matchmove Artist: Double Negative
  • Brad Zehr – Special Effects Set Supervisor
  • Jason Zorigian – Production Coordinator: Los Angeles

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  • April Webster & Associates – US Talent Casting
  • Atomic Fiction – Visual Effects Company
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  • Center Forward Productions, Inc. – Production Company
  • Clark & Page Casting – Canada Talent Casting
  • Clear Angle Studios LTD – Visual Effects Company: Cyber Scanning
  • Codex Digital – Digital Recording Equipment
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  • Daneiam, Inc. – Special Effects Company
  • DediCam – Aerial Drones
  • Double Negative – Visual Effects Company
  • Entertainment Partners Canada – Payroll Services
  • Film Illusions – Special Effects Company
  • Kelvin Optical – Visual Effects Company
  • K/O Paper Products – Production Company
  • Miranda Davidson Studios – Extras Casting: Dubai
  • Otto Nemenz International – Camera Equipment Contractor
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‘Star Trek Beyond’ review

'star trek beyond' boldly turns kirk and his crew into action movie heroes.

Rick Marshall

The Star Trek franchise has always touted its aim to “boldly go” where no one has gone before and, by and large, it has done an impressive job of living up to that promise over 50 years of television series, movies, video games, and comic books.

JJ Abrams’ 2009 reboot broke new ground by telling a fresh story and a new action-packed continuity for the franchise, only to fall back on familiar themes in 2013’s  Star Trek Into Darkness , which effectively recycled the plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan . Now, with Abrams’ exit and the arrival of Fast and Furious franchise  director Justin Lin,  Star Trek Beyond  steers toward new territory once again — but will audiences like where it’s headed?

Directed by Lin from a script penned by Doug Jung ( Dark Blue ) and Simon Pegg (who plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the film),  Star Trek Beyond has Chris Pine’s ever-confident James T. Kirk and the USS Enterprise crew investigating an incident in uncharted space, only to be ambushed by the deadly alien Krall (as played by Emmy-nominated Luther  star Idris Elba) and stranded on a wild, dangerous planet.

Fundamentally, Beyond is a very different kind of Star Trek adventure. Although it starts off slow, it doesn’t take long for Lin’s action-friendly sensibilities to take over. Filled with fast-paced sequences, fantastic set pieces, and an impressive amount of destruction, the film quickly establishes itself as the most frantic Star Trek film so far, hurtling from one life-threatening scenario to the next with only the occasional pause to catch its breath. Its frenetic pace doesn’t lend itself to much character development, but after two films in the current run and 12 films overall, Beyond assumes audiences know everything they need to know about the characters.

In Beyond , Lin’s fast, furious knack for creating cheer-worthy spectacle is on full display, and he clearly revels in the grand scope that  Beyond offers him as a filmmaker.  Whether the camera is chronicling a deep-space battle or a high-speed pursuit through the underbelly of a giant space station, Lin manages to find the sweet spot between his characters’ interactions with each other and the sheer madness of what’s going on around them.

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The returning cast all seem more than comfortable slipping back into their roles as the crew of the famous starship, and with each installment of the franchise they feel a little less like younger replacements for William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and the rest of the classic Star Trek cast and more like the established, modern faces of their iconic characters. Sadly, the specter of actor Anton Yelchin’s recent death looms large over the film. Yelchin, whose character Chekov plays a notably expanded role in Beyond compared to the last two films, serves as a stark reminder of what the franchise lost when he died.

Beyond is a very different kind of Star Trek adventure.

The returning cast of characters is augmented by newcomer Jaylah, a butt-kicking alien played by Sofia Boutella. Boutella, who first caught audiences’ attention as the ruthlessly efficient killer Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service , continues to justify her status as a rising star in  Star Trek Beyond . She’s been given more responsibility with each role she’s taken in her short career, and her performance in  Star Trek Beyond  certainly doesn’t do anything to hurt her chances of playing a bigger role in her next project.

The film’s overall lack of character development takes its toll, though, especially on its villain. Maybe Lin or the writers were uncertain about how to handle Elba as Krall, but he is given far less time to develop into a memorable nemesis for Kirk and his crew. The lack of attention on Krall is particularly noticeable compared to how much time was spent building up Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan in Into Darkness , and it’s a pity that an actor as talented as Elba isn’t given the chance to chew the scenery a bit more.

Then again, Beyond  manages to be far less dreary than the last installment of the franchise.

Although it doesn’t make a huge impact on the quality of the film,  Star Trek Beyond also happens to feature one of the more poorly-defined MacGuffins in Star Trek history. (It would be a spoiler to reveal exactly what it is.) The poorly-established MacGuffin is symptomatic of some of the other flaws in  Beyond , and Lin occasionally relies too heavily on chaotic action sequences to distract from a thin plot that could have benefitted from more attention.

Lin is a filmmaker who excels at what he does — making things (and people) fly across the screen — and his creative team clearly played to his strengths. Star Trek Beyond could have been a mess in the hands of a lesser director, as Lin’s bombastic set pieces and the film’s special effects make up for some narrative shortcomings, and the film benefits from a straightforward script that fits his rapid-fire approach.

More than anything else,  Star Trek Beyond  represents a significant departure from the approach Abrams took with his take on the franchise. It proves that Star Trek can dish out action sequences as well as any sci-fi franchise, and that Star Trek feels most at home going boldly where the franchise hasn’t gone before.

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Science fiction remains a tentpole genre in modern cinema, and Netflix has tons of sci-fi films for audiences to stream online.

With stories featuring robots, aliens, and everything in-between, there are plenty of enjoyable movies for sci-fi fans to beam themselves into on their next film night. However, these five Netflix movies should definitely be at the top of viewers' watch lists. The End of Evangelion (1997)

It’s hard to imagine today, but back in the late 1960s, the original Star Trek was not considered a hit. The ambitious science fiction series was constantly on the brink of cancellation and was cut short only three years into its planned five-season run. However, it’s important to put Trek’s apparent failure into historical context as, given that most markets in the U.S. had only three television channels to choose from, even a low-rated show like Star Trek was being watched by about 20% of everyone watching television on a Thursday night, or roughly 10 million households. This year’s season of HBO’s Succession was viewed by roughly 8 million households a week, which makes it a hit by today's standards. Star Trek’s audience only grew once it went into reruns in the early 1970s, and by the time Star Trek: The Motion Picture hit theaters in 1979, it was a genuine cultural phenomenon. Today, the Star Trek franchise is considered one of the crown jewels of the Paramount library. Though arguably outshined by its most prosperous spinoff, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series holds up remarkably well for a vision of our future imagined nearly 60 years in our past. It’s a space adventure series that tackles social or political issues from what was, at the time, a daring and progressive perspective informed by the contemporary civil rights movement, sexual revolution, and backlash against the Vietnam War. Conveying these values through fanciful science fiction didn’t only allow its writers to get away with a lot of subversive messages, it also delivered them in a way that remains fun to watch decades later — fun enough that fans are willing to forgive when its ideas, or its special effects, crumble under modern scrutiny. These 10 episodes, however, unquestionably stand the test of time, and thanks to the continuity-light nature of mid-20th century television, any one of them could be your first Star Trek episode. (Be aware, however, that the order in which classic Trek episodes are listed varies depending on the source. For our purposes, we’re using the numbering from streaming service Paramount+.)

10. Mirror, Mirror (season 2, episode 4)

Just a few years after rebranding CBS All Access into Paramount+, the streamer has become one of the largest in the country, now holding over 60 million subscribers. With tons of original programming, a large collection of Paramount movies, and even an option to bundle in Showtime, the streaming service has lots to love.

It should also come as no surprise that Paramount+ has tons of excellent sci-fi movies since the streamer is probably best known for its massive collection of Star Trek shows and movies, including tons of originals. If you're looking for some great sci-fi movies to watch this summer, here are five you definitely need to check out. Interstellar (2014)

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Violent but exciting adventure honors teamwork, diversity.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

The movie celebrates teamwork, as well as loyalty

Though the focus is on teamwork -- and no individu

Sci-fi/fantasy violence. Big battles in space, cra

Kiss on the cheek (two romantic leads spend the mo

Infrequent language includes a few uses of "s--t"

Characters drink fancy scotch or alien brandy for

Parents need to know that Star Trek Beyond is the 13th Star Trek movie overall, the third installment since 2009's big-budget series reboot, and the first directed by Justin Lin (of the Fast & Furious franchise). There's plenty of big, boomy sci-fi/fantasy action violence, including…

Positive Messages

The movie celebrates teamwork, as well as loyalty to each team member. Each member's strengths are used in a way that benefits the whole. The group provides encouragement and a positive atmosphere in which members can thrive. The movie also champions diversity. On the downside, revenge is also a major theme.

Positive Role Models

Though the focus is on teamwork -- and no individual characters really stand out from the others -- they all go out of their way to protect their buddies, risking danger to save others. The cast is notably diverse.

Violence & Scariness

Sci-fi/fantasy violence. Big battles in space, crashing, explosions. Hand-to-hand fighting, martial arts fighting. Laser-gun shooting. Character impaled with a small chunk of metal. Cauterizing wound with heated metal. Minor characters injured/dead. Bad guys torture good guys. Some bloody scratches. Frequent peril/danger.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

Kiss on the cheek (two romantic leads spend the movie in a fight). Other brief scenes show a flirtation in a corridor and a shot of a woman throwing a shirtless man out of her cabin/quarters.

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Infrequent language includes a few uses of "s--t" ("horses--t"), plus "damn," "hell," "crap," "bastard," and "my God" (as an exclamation).

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink fancy scotch or alien brandy for enjoyment. A character drinks to "take the edge off"; she's seen with many empty glasses on a table in front of her.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Star Trek Beyond is the 13th Star Trek movie overall, the third installment since 2009's big-budget series reboot , and the first directed by Justin Lin (of the Fast & Furious franchise). There's plenty of big, boomy sci-fi/fantasy action violence, including space battles, crashes, explosions, minor characters being hurt or killed, hand-to-hand and martial arts fighting, and a mean, angry bad guy. A major character is injured, and there's a painful but comical scene involving his impalement wound. Language is infrequent but does include a couple of uses of "horses--t," as well as "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "my God." Two characters in a romantic relationship spend this movie in a fight, so only a kiss on the cheek is shown between them; there's also a brief scene of a woman throwing a shirtless man out of her cabin/quarters. Characters occasionally drink fine scotch or other spirits, but mainly for enjoyment, though one character does try to get drunk. Overall, the movie's good attitude and strong messages related to teamwork and diversity overcome its iffy material, making it a great pick for older tweens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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What's the story.

Deep into their five-year mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and civilizations, the crew of the starship Enterprise -- Sulu ( John Cho ), Scotty ( Simon Pegg ), Captain Kirk ( Chris Pine ), Mr. Spock ( Zachary Quinto ), Uhura ( Zoe Saldana ), Dr. "Bones" McCoy ( Karl Urban ), and Chekov ( Anton Yelchin ) -- is beginning to feel a bit restless and bored in STAR TREK BEYOND. Unfortunately, their next mission turns out to be a trap; the Enterprise is attacked by a swarm of man-sized ships, reducing it to smithereens and standing the crew on a nearby alien planet. There, they meet an alien named Jaylah ( Sofia Boutella ) and a vengeful creature known as Krall ( Idris Elba ). Can the team discover Krall's plan and stop him before it's too late?

Is It Any Good?

The 13th overall movie in the Star Trek franchise turns out to be good luck for everyone. It's a fresh, satisfying return to the beloved characters of the 1966-1969 TV series and to a rousing sense of teamwork. Director Justin Lin , who made four of the first seven Fast & Furious movies, somehow finds a balance between recklessness and entertainment. He provides several gargantuan action sequences that aren't exactly flawless but are exhilarating nonetheless.

It certainly helps that co-writers Pegg and Doug Jung bring nerdy goodness to the movie, with a story that's worthy of the old show and an emotionally satisfying equilibrium among the characters. Star Trek Beyond recalls Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in that it corrects the misguided slip-ups that came before it, erasing the showboating and awkwardness of the last few movies and remembering the essence of what made these characters great in the first place.

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Families can talk about Star Trek Beyond 's violence . How intense is it? Does the relative lack of blood affect its impact? What is the impact of media violence on kids?

How do the characters show teamwork ? Why is that an important character strength ? In what scenes do characters help each other?

There's quite a bit of diversity in the cast, both mirroring and improving on the original series. Why does having diverse media role models matter ?

Talk about revenge, which is a major theme in the film. Is it ever justified to hurt others in the name of revenge? How much of the movie's violence can be traced back to that motivation?

Why does Star Trek have such an enduring appeal? What makes people become such faithful fans? How does this installment compare to the older movies and TV shows?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : July 22, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming : November 1, 2016
  • Cast : Chris Pine , Zoe Saldana , Simon Pegg , Karl Urban , Idris Elba , Zachary Quinto
  • Director : Justin Lin
  • Inclusion Information : Asian directors, Female actors, Black actors, Latino actors, Gay actors
  • Studio : Paramount Pictures
  • Genre : Science Fiction
  • Topics : Adventures , Space and Aliens
  • Character Strengths : Teamwork
  • Run time : 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG-13
  • MPAA explanation : sequences of sci-fi action and violence
  • Award : Common Sense Selection
  • Last updated : January 19, 2023

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Star Trek Beyond (2016) Cinema Movie Review

Beyond 'into darkness', the third time's the charm for the trek reboot series..

Ben Gourlay

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Warping out of the gate with a clever concept which allowed the Star Trek series to respect to what had come before but also allowing it to chart its own path, the 2009 J.J. Abrams reboot successfully welcomed a new audience to the franchise by making hip and sexy for the first time since 1966, even if it's new, less subtle sensibilities left some long-term fans out in the cold of space. With no limit to the narrative possibilities, its 2012 sequel Into Darkness was a disappointingly regressive follow-up, inexplicably shoe-horning an appearance from one Khan Noonien Singh, which only confused new fans but angering old ones, alongside some behind the scenes subterfuge thrown in for good (bad) measure.

Three years later and releasing on the occasion of Star Trek 's 50th anniversary, Beyond reunites the reboot cast with a new director, screenwriting team and a fresh new attitude that sets phasers to 'fun'.

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Three years through their five-year mission, the crew of the Enterprise led by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) takes the opportunity for some much-needed R&R on star base Yorktown when their leave is inexplicably cut short in favor of a rescue mission to a nearby system. Unfortunately, the mission turns out to be a ruse when their ship is attacked by a swarm, downing the Enterprise and her crew on a hostile alien planet.

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There's definitely something to be said about the creation of art through adversity, with some of the most memorable motion pictures of all time, such as Apocalypse Now and Titanic suffering notoriously troubled productions. While Star Trek Beyond isn't quite of the same caliber, it had more than its fair share of behind the scenes issues, with J.J. Abrams directorial replacement Robert Orci walking from the project, script problems, the death of Leonard Nimoy and an immovable release date all contributing to a potentially pressure cooker of a situation. But not only is Beyond not a disaster - it's the best of the three reboot films and more fun than its two predecessors combined.

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The third time around for the new crew of the Enterprise finds them noticeably more comfortable in their roles. Years have passed both behind and in front of the camera, and there's a tangible sense that these characters have grown. Chris Pine's Kirk is less brash and more thoughtful, while Bones is actually given a meatier role which expands on his token appearance in the first two. The introduction of Sofia Boutella as Jaylah is a welcome touch which gives the main cast another fun character to play off, and as the introduction of Rey in The Force Awakens , it's great to see some ass-kicking female characters in traditionally male dominated series (but not done in an awful, misandrist way like Ghostbusters 2016).

I don't know why, but consistently the weakest point in almost all of the Star Trek film is its villain. Unfortunately, Beyond doesn't buck the trend. Despite casting the fantastically talented Idris Elba, Krall is an entirely one-dimensional villain with a paper-thin motivation who also doesn't feel like an entirely convincing threat.

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For the first time in the reboot series, almost all of the ensemble cast are granted their moment to shine. The script by Simon Pegg (who also plays the role of Scotty) and Doug Jung is a self-contained love letter to Trek lore, topped with a touchingly emotional tribute to Leonard Nimoy's Spock (I was seriously close to tears) and littered with references and sight gags to honor fifty years of Star Trek lore.

It's ironic that it's taken the director of four Fast and the Furious films to introduce an improved pace to the series, which allows the audiences to breathe and enjoy the sights just a little more. Sure, there are frequent moments of breathless action, but Beyond brings back a sense of wonder to everything the Federation has built and achieved - from the Enterprise herself, to huge starbases. There were many (myself included) who raised a single Vulcan eyebrow to the news that Justin Lin was directing the picture, but just as outsider Nicholas Meyer rejuvenated the series with The Wrath of Khan and again with The Undiscovered Country , Lin helms Beyond with competence, confidence and skill. I'd love to see what Lin could do with another.

While Star Trek opened the door to infinite possibilities and Into Darkness seemed intent to squander them, Beyond resets the reset universe by introducing compelling new elements and paying homage to the series rich legacy. I hope it lasts for another 50 years - and 50 years beyond that.

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We’re Not Talking About The Beastie Boys Scene In ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Enough

Josh Kurp

[Spoilers for Star Trek Beyond , obviously]

There are certain memes that will continue to go viral until the end of time, or the bourbon bagel burger kills us all, whichever comes first. To use a recent example: Celine a Scene supposes that adding her 1997 titanically powerful ballad, “My Heart Will Go On,” to “epic scenes” makes them “even more emotional and epic.” It works really well, as does the Walk of Life Project , which is basically the same idea as Celine a Scene, except with “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits. It’s an effective concept for an untold amount of songs. Jurassic Park is a perfect movie… but wouldn’t it be even more perfect with “Walk the Dinosaur” playing during one of the T-rex scenes? Yes, yes it would.

Both Celine a Scene and Walk of Life Project, while clever, only work for certain moments, though. They have to be either poignant, or the final scene in the movie. Meanwhile, every film ever would be better with any Beastie Boys song at any point. Take a look at the Star Trek reboots as proof.

In Star Trek , we’re introduced to a young James T. Kirk right after he “borrows” a Corvette. As his step-father yells at him for stealing the car, Kirk ends the phone call and starts blasting “Sabotage,” which is still a favorite amongst angsty youngsters even in the mid-2240s (maybe this makes a little more sense than people in the 31st century being familiar with Beck ).

In Star Trek Into Darkness , we hear another Beastie Boys song — the Fat Boy Slim remix of “Body Movin'” — while Kirk canoodles with two nice Caitian girls.

Lastly, and most importantly, in Star Trek Beyond , “Sabotage” literally saves the Federation. That is not hyperbole — a Beastie Boys song from 1994 protects the good people and aliens of Yorktown from Krall’s Swarm; if it hadn’t, the Swarm would have moved on to other parts of the universe, leaving behind only death and destruction. It’s insane, so insane that if you haven’t seen Beyond , first off, sorry for ruining the ending for you, but also, it’s really hard to explain.

“Okay, so,” one would hypothetically begin, “Stringer Bell destroys the Enterprise with assistance from his bee-like alien ships, and also there’s this bioweapon artifact that’s going to kill everyone, or something, and the only way Kirk and his crew, including an alien named after Jennifer Lawrence , can stop Stringer’s bees is by playing a 20th century ‘classical’ music song, which disrupts the aliens. That song is by Jewish punks-turned-rappers Beastie Boys.” I don’t know how many cans of Romulan ale Simon Pegg had downed when he came up with that, but I’m glad he did.

I’m not the only one.

On another subject, i REALLY enjoyed Star Trek. Best use of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" EVER. Adam Yauch would be proud. #RIPAdamandAnton — The Dō Hø (@NectarousD) July 26, 2016
Ever since I saw the new Star Trek movie i've listened to Sabotage by the Beastie Boys at least 10 times a day — wesley (@built4ourthis) July 25, 2016
I saw Star Trek Beyond. I can't believe the Beastie Boys saved the universe. — Wee Babby Jaso (@BabbyJaso) July 25, 2016
Star Trek: Beyond wins the award for best use of a Beastie Boys song in a film. — Ramez Naam (@ramez) July 25, 2016
Things that J.J. Abrams has brought to both Star Trek and Star Wars that can never be undone? @greggrunberg and Beastie Boys (Ello Asty) — Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) July 25, 2016

A lot of comparisons have been made between Star Trek Beyond and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (not only because J.J. Abrams’ name is attached to both), and how we’re living in a “ Star Wars world.” But having a pop song save millions of lives is unique to Star Trek . It can get away with using contemporary (for us in 2016) references like that because, well, Earth exists in the Star Trek universe; English isn’t even English, it’s “Galactic Basic Standard,” in Star Wars . The franchise, which is now 13 movies deep, should be taking these kind of goofy chances. It’s no crazier than Spock swimming with whales in Star Trek IV:  The Voyage Home , and that’s the most beloved Star Trek movie.

Star Trek is also working at a disadvantage. Before the Abrams reboot was released in 2009, the franchise was creatively drained and commercially ignored. Enterprise was a bust, and Nemesis barely made its $60 million budget back. The 1990s and 2000s weren’t a good time for Star Wars , either, but the dreaded prequels were still massive hits, and also, this is Star Wars we’re talking about. Everyone’s seen the original trilogy. (Do not @ me on Twitter if you haven’t seen the original trilogy.) The first three Trek movies? Not so much. The Empire Strikes Back earned $209 million at the box office in 1980. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , released two years later: under $100 million. Casual movie fans don’t have the same familiarity with Kirk, Spock, and Bones as they do Luke, Han, and Leia. Add the eternally cool and universally beloved Beastie Boys into the mix, though (especially a song as well known as “Sabotage”), and Star Trek Beyond suddenly appeals to a lot more people.

We know there’s going to be a Star Trek 4 , with Chris Hemsworth returning as Kirk’s father. How can it top Star Trek Beyond ‘s use of the Beastie Boys? It can’t, unless Greg Grunberg — Abrams’ good luck charm who’s also been in all of the films — raps “So What’cha Want.” Start from there, Simon Pegg.

I would also accept Public Enemy.

Star Trek : Beyond reminded me of something important. And it goes like this, "Fight the powers that be!" – Public Enemy @StarTrekMovie — Broad Smile 33 (@EddiewilsonLevi) July 24, 2016

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has been renewed for a fourth season ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere which is slated for 2025 and currently in production. Additionally, the previously announced fifth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks will serve as its final. New episodes of the final season, currently in production, will arrive this fall.

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“Our incredible cast, crew and artists have given you everything they have because they love the characters they play, they love the world we’ve built, and more than anything we all love love love Star Trek. We’re excited for the world to see our hilarious fifth season which we’re working on right now, and the good news is that all previous episodes will remain on Paramount+ so there is still so much to look forward to as we celebrate the Cerritos crew with a big send-off,” they added.

Star Trek: Lower Decks is an animated comedy series following the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos. The crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos includes the voices of Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells and Eugene Cordero; the bridge crew is voiced by Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman.

The series is produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Executive producers include Alex Kurtzman, Mike McMahan, Aaron Baiers, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Titmouse serves as the animation studio for the series which streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Latin America and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

It stars Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia and Babs Olusanmokun, along with special guest stars Paul Wesley and Carol Kane. The series is produced by CBS Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Jenny Lumet, Henry Alonso Myers, Aaron Baiers, Dana Horgan, Davy Perez, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

“On behalf of the cast and crew of Strange New Worlds, we are thrilled and grateful to continue our voyages together. We can’t wait for you to join us and the crew of the Enterprise on another season of exploration and adventure,” said Akiva Goldsman, Henry Alonso Myers and Alex Kurtzman in a statement.

The expanded world of Star Trek on Paramount+ also includes the fifth and final season of Star Trek : Discovery, currently airing; the original film Star Trek : Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh, which recently wrapped production; and the new original series Star Trek : Starfleet Academy, slated to begin production later this year.

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Spider-man: beyond the spider-verse release date claim from composer increases hope miles morales returns soon.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse's original release date has now come and gone; however, a new tease points to when Miles Morales will return.

  • Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse may be released in 2025.
  • The delay could be due to reported behind-the-scenes issues, leading to potential benefits for workers.
  • 2025 is packed with superhero movie releases, causing potential competition for the Spider-Verse finale.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse gets its most positive release date update since the movie was indefinitely delayed. Miles Morales' animated adventures in the Spider-Verse movie franchise have gotten increasingly more exciting, with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse setting up the perfect story for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse . With an original release date of March 2024, the Sony film based on Marvel characters was indefinitely delayed, though Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse 's new release window might have just been revealed .

On TikTok (via The Direct ), singer @d4vdd teased that Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse could be released in 2025 .

As noted by user JuggerClutch on Reddit, while reacting on Twitch to his song, "Feel It," from Invincible , d4vd responded to a fan who said the song reminded them of Miles and Gwen from the Spider-Verse movies, to which the musician replied, " I got news for you buddy. Beyond the Spider-Verse. That’s all I‘m gonna say. " Being the trilogy finale, Beyond the Spider-Verse could even beat the number of characters in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse .

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Spider-man: beyond the spider-verse’s delay & possible release date explained, the movie concludes miles morales' animated trilogy.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse was originally set to be released on March 29, 2024 . However, it was taken off Sony's release schedule in July 2023, with no new release date in sight. The move came just a month after the release of the second film in the animated franchise — Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse . As the film ended on a massive cliffhanger, it made sense for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse to be released less than a year after it; however, the delay made the wait for the franchise's finale longer than expected.

No reason was given for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse 's delay; however, it could have something to do with the previous movie's reported behind-the-scenes issues. A damning report claimed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 's working conditions were far from ideal . According to the report, over 100 people working on the film decided to leave because they could not continue working 11 hours a day, seven days a week , with changes being made constantly. Phil Lord, the producer at the center of the accusations, responded, saying, "We’re really proud of how hard everybody worked, and it was very demanding.

By potentially delaying the movie to 2025, workers should have enough time to make sure Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse looks the best it can without having to be pushed to work long hours. Voice recording on the movie was paused due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike and was reportedly resumed in November. For the moment, there are no official updates about the movie's new release date, though 2025 would make sense for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse .

Beyond The Spider-Verse's Rumored Release Date Would Make 2025 A Packed Year For Superhero Movie Fans

Marvel and dc have major releases next year.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse 's original release date would have seen the movie stand out more , as 2024 is not nearly as packed with anticipated superhero movie releases as 2025. If the movie is truly released next year, then the animated film's delay could see the finale of Miles Morales' saga across the Spider-Verse face stiff competition from both Marvel and DC movies, depending on when it releases.

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There are five confirmed superhero movies releasing in 2025 . DC recently delayed The Batman - Part II to 2026; however, the studio will still have a major 2025 project, with James Gunn's Superman — the first DCU movie — releasing in July. That month will be packed, with Marvel Studios' highly-anticipated The Fantastic Four set to arrive only two weeks after Superman is released. With those two films in July, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse releasing in June, like Across the Spider-Verse did, is unlikely, as the movie's theatrical legs could be hurt.

Instead, two other options emerge as potential candidates for when the Spider-Verse finale could be released in 2025 . Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse was initially set to arrive in March 2024, and that month does not have a superhero movie attached to it for next year, which could mean a one-year delay is in the cards. A December release to get a boost from the holidays would also be possible for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse , with the date working for the original movie in the animated franchise and there not being a superhero film scheduled for December 2025.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is the direct continuation of 2023's Across the Spider-Verse, and is the third film in the Miles Morales animated Spider-Man franchise. Miles continues his interdimensional journey to change the fates of those he loves while finding his own path to become a Spider-Man.

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Quentin tarantino no longer making ‘the movie critic’ as final film.

Brad Pitt had been in talks to star in the film as his 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' character Cliff Booth.

By Aaron Couch , Borys Kit April 17, 2024 4:19pm

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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is going back to the drawing board for his 10th and final film. The auteur had been preparing to start shooting The Movie Critic this year, but is backing away from the project, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter .

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The project was going to shoot for one day in August to qualify for a $20.5 million California Tax Credit , before it began production in earnest in early 2025. That is now no longer on the table.

No studio was attached to The Movie Critic , which becomes the latest project to fall by the wayside for Tarantino. He previously worked on an R-rated Star Trek movie for Paramount that did not come to fruition. There was speculation that Sony, which released Hollywood , would be a natural home for Tarantino’s latest.

THR first broke the news of the feature more than a year ago in March, and it has been the subject of much speculation, given Tarantino’s pledge to retire from directing after making one final project, his 10th. (He has made nine films, if you count the two-part Kill Bill movies as one feature.)

He has long maintained that he wants to go out on the top of his game.

In 2012, he told  Playboy , “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

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