Director Justin Lin Talks Star Trek Beyond

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 8:08PM
Star Trek
Star Trek Beyond
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 8:08PM
Director Justin Lin Talks Star Trek Beyond
Looking to steal just a smidgen of the attention away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Beyond unveiled it's first trailer this week, giving us our initial look at the third installment of the reboot series that J.J. Abrams started. The verdict? Lots of Beastie Boys. So how did the '90s rap group end up as the score for the trailer? Director Justin Lin revealed his decision, and more about the film, in a recent interview with Collider.

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"It's in the DNA of this canon it was in the '09 Trek, and I think…For me it was not… I wanted to make sure, I mean, we went through different iterations of the teaser and I wanted to make sure that whatever we did here it's using all the elements that's in the film. So it's been a part of this Kirk's journey, so I felt like it was very organic in ultimately the finished film."
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One thing we didn't see much of in the trailer was Idris Elba's new villain, but Lin talks about him as well:

Opening quote
"The other thing is just having someone like Idris join. I feel very fortunate and it's something I felt like we had to… you know, i wanted to create a situation where, anybody that joins us, we have to earn our keep. You know, I'm the new guy, but when he came in he had a lot of projects, so when I talked to him about this character, it's not just about this or that, it's about building it and having a philosophy and a point of view. And I like his character because his character is really challenging the way of The Federation's philosophy and there's just a lot of things that I think when I was growing up I wanted to see ... But also I think, as you'll see, he's a character that has a very distinct philosophy that's very different than… I think it's great being a fan and a lot of times I watch Utopia, East San Francisco, and I always feel like, 'Oh wow.' When you're building this movie, you're like, 'So they don't have money. How do they live? How do they compete?' And those are things that I think his character in a way has a very distinct and valid point of view."
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And if you're wondering where in the timeline Beyond takes place, Lin revealed it's two-and-a-half years after Into Darkness, meaning references to Khan will be probably be kept to a minimum. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.
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