5 Facts about the third film in the J.J. Abrams' series - Star Trek Beyond directed by Justin Lin
STAR TREK BEYOND (2016)
5 FAST FILM FACTS
1. ELBA DELIVERS
Playing villain Krall is popular British actor Idris Elba. No stranger to sci-fi, having starred in Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) among many others, his association with the genre goes right back to the beginning of his career. Elba's second ever filmed role was the part of a space pizza delivery man in Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct (1994).
4. STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR A DIRECTOR
Once it became apparent J.J. Abrams would not be directing the picture, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and director Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker) got in touch to offer himself for the job. Declining the actor, the studio later announced that writer / producer Roberto Orci would
direct, although he was later replaced by Fast and Furious director Justin Lin. Apparently even Hot Fuzz's Edgar Wright had been up for consideration.
3. STILL TREKKIN'
The release of the film coincides with the year of the TV show's 50th anniversary, having first broadcast with the episode The Man Trap on September 8th 1966. This makes Kirk, Spock and co some of the longest-running characters in TV and film history.
2. THE WRATH OF FANS
In December 2015, many fans were unhappy with the release of the teaser trailer as it had too much emphasis on action and irreverence, far from the cerebral intentions of the original show. The fact that Simon Pegg also confessed that he had been hired to replace the film's original writers because they had 'delivered a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y' only echoed such concerns.
1. SING STAR
With Rihanna's single Sledghammer, this is the first Star Trek film to feature a new release by a current A-list pop star on its soundtrack. Few trek films have even ventured into contemporary music at all. Brief exceptions include a synth track called Market Street by composer Leonard Rosenman and The Yellowjackets (Star Trek IV), The Moon's a Window To Heaven by Hiroshima (Star Trek V), Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf and Ooby Dooby by Roy Orbison (Star Trek: First Contact), Sabotage by The Beastie Boys (Star Trek 2009) and Everybody Wants to go to Heaven by Albert King, Body Movin' by The Beastie Boys and The Growl performed by Conway and co-written by J.J.Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness).