To promote the release of his new movie Tomorrowland, writer Damon Lindelof (the man responsible for Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus) sat down with Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis, where they proceeded to talk about his new movie, but also the new Star Trek 3 film.
Lindelof produced the first two films in the relaunched franchise, writing the second instalment, but working on Tomorrowland and his HBO TV show The Leftovers meant he had to step away from the third. In the interview, Lindelof talks about what he knows of Star Trek 3’s story so far:
“It’s really about the beginning of the five year mission. It’s establishing the crew after they’ve been out there and together for a while. But I don’t know anything about the plot.”
Which is…pretty much what everyone expected, seeing how Star Trek Into Darkness ends with the crew about to start the five year exploratory mission.
The Star Trek chat begins at 03:47 in the video interview below, where Damon also talks about what he would like to see from the sequel and Idris Elba’s rumoured involvement as the movie’s villain. See even lower down for the full contents of the conversation, including some rivetting Star Wars: The Force Awakens geeking out (Lindelof is best bros with the film’s director, J.J. Abrams).
0:16 – Lindelof’s favourite invention he came up with that didn’t make it into Tomorrowland.
01:06 – A Tomorrowland Easter Egg that reveals Walt Disney’s involvement in the film’s secret society, the Plus Ultra!
02:09 – Damon’s thoughts on the second Star Wars trailer and whether he’s seen any footage (he’s best bros with its director, J.J. Abrams).
02:52 – Whether Damon would want to work on a Star Wars movie in the future.
03:47 – After producing both the recent relaunched Star Trek movies, Damon talks about his involvement in the third instalment.
04:28 – What Damon knows of the Star Trek 3 plot so far.
04:57 – Where would Damon like to see Star Trek 3 be taken.
Here’s some more information on the films discussed:
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
…is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.
STAR TREK 3
…is set for release on July 8th, 2016, with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) directing a cast that includes Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) alongside new additions Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
…is directed by Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and stars Britt Robertson (Under the Dome), George Clooney (Gravity), Hugh Laurie (House), Raffey Cassidy (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Thomas Robinson (The Switch).