With production on Star Trek 3 set to get underway later this month, Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) has been speaking to Deadline about taking over the director’s chair from J.J. Abrams and setting out to create strange new worlds and civilizations with next year’s threequel.
“As great as J.J.’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters. They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for 50 years. [This film] is all 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.”
Star Trek 3 has been written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, and will see Pegg reprising the role of Scotty alongside fellow Trek veterans hris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and new additions Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).