Sci-fi fans, it’s time to celebrate: 2016’s most anticipated J.J. Abrams-related release is just around the corner, and there’s finally a trailer to prove it. Yes, that’s right, the Star Trek Beyond trailer is finally here, soundtracked by the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and filled with enough kooky ensemble shenanigans to erase one’s memory of some other major “star” franchise Abrams is now primarily helming.
The trailer finds our heroes (Zach Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Karl Urban) stranded without a ship, trying to work out just how they’re going to get out of whatever harrowing situation they’ve found themselves in, though the trailer is vague about it. Motorcycles are involved, and there are little drone-esque alien space fighters, so there’s gonna be a lot of fightin’, a lot of swearin’, and a lot of Spock being totally cool. Idris Elba is set to play the villain, but he’s absent from the trailer.
Basically, the film looks to be beyond (get it?) anything we’ve seen in the past two films, which is a good thing. Because, even though this writer was a big fan of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and its Cumber-Khan, most other writers (and viewers) were not, with its super-serious plot and lack of joie de vivre that the initial reboot was full of. Hopefully, the inclusion of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is sign that Beyond will be less drama and more comedy, or at least a better mixture of the two.
Star Trek Beyond is set for a July 22 release.