On this episode of Nerd & Tie (after we finish talking about Pokemon Go and get to the actual content) we talk about Star Trek‘s Abramsverse getting renamed the “Kelvin Timeine,” John Cho’s version of Hikaru Sulu being confirmed as gay (and all the fall out associated with it), Pacific Rim 2 finally getting a release date, Netflix greenlighting a remake of Lost in Space, how the Tetris movie will be the first in a trilogy, and how Sukoshi Con has cancelled all of their future conventions.
The Star Trek franchise has, for reasons that boggle the mind, always avoided any statements on homosexuality. It seems odd for an otherwise extremely progressive show, but beyond a few minor examples (almost all exclusively in Deep Space Nine), it’s almost never come up. That’s why it’s kind of a big deal that the upcoming Star Trek Beyond will reveal that one of its main characters is gay.
And that is, of course, John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu.
While it won’t be a major focus in the film, Cho’s version of Sulu will be revealed to be in a same sex relationship with another man, raising a daughter. Cho, while speaking to the Australian Herald Sun, said, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out [of] it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”
Star Trek Beyond is a film we’ve been anticipating here at Nerd & Tie for a while. Well, at least since Robert Orci got canned and Simon Pegg was given the scripting duties. Frankly this film has had a pretty rocky road to theaters, and with the recent tragic death of one of its stars, how well this film does may have a huge impact on the future of the franchise.
We’ve gotten two trailers for this film so far — the first was full of action and the second gave us some actual character moments. Now we have the third and final trailer, and this one is all emotion.
And technically a Rihanna song.
Honestly I like it. It’s a pretty solid trailer, and while we all know that you can’t judge a final film by its promotional materials, I think it bodes well.
Shohreh Aghdashloo has been cast as the “High Command of the Federation,” which is apparently a title someone has now. We’re not really sure why she’s being added to the movie (I suspect it’s because someone finally noticed the Trek film’s diversity problem), but hey — it’s a thing that’s happening.
Star Trek Beyond is still on track to open July 22, 2016.
Earlier this week the first trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyondpremiered, and some were concerned that it was solely composed of explosions, one liners, and a kick-ass bike jump. In fact, due to the tone, many said the film would pretty much be The Fast and the Furious in space.
I don’t know why the current franchise seems determined to blow up the Enterprise as much as possible, but that’s what the new Star Trek Beyond trailer does. I mean, seriously – there are a lot of explosions in this thing.
Just a ton.
Star Trek Beyond is the first film in the rebooted series to not be directed by J.J. Abrams or written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with Justin Lin instead in the director’s seat and a script penned by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The trailer makes it clear that Paramount really did push for a similar vibe as Guardians of the Galaxy, so hopefully they pulled this thing off.
In other words, we’re hoping for Star Trek IV humor, not Star Trek V humor.
Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek film series, has had a rockier road than most would have expected. The film was originally slated to have a completely different creative team than what we ended up with (seriously, just check our Robert Orci tag for some of that circus), and some of us are still a bit worried with Paramount’s edict to try for a ‘Guardians’ style movie. It’s also had its release date pushed back because of IMAX screen availability.
Well, the film has finally made it through shooting, as Simon Pegg’s official twitter account tweeted a photo of Pegg and his co-writer Doug Jung announcing the filming’s completion.
Personally, I’m excited for Beyond. I have faith in Pegg as a writer, and I think he has a strong grip on the Trek franchise. I’ve always felt with the previous two films (written by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci) that they made a great movie on accident (Star Trek 2009) and the second movie proved how little they understood the source material (Star Trek into Darkness). Star Trek Beyond has a shot at getting this thing back on track.
Since the film is scheduled to come out next year though, it was vital that the film start production pretty damned soon. Well, the good news is they have. Earlier this week Zoe Saldana tweeted a photo of herself in hair and makeup.
Star Trek Beyond is being directed by Justin Lin, and has a script written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Besides the rebooted franchise’s cast, Idris Elba will also star in the film as the movie’s villain.
Simon Pegg, apparently forgetting that he exists in a culture where everything he says will be dissected at length, made some inopportune comments to the Radio Times regarding the current state of science fiction and genre cinema. Of course, Pegg is a pretty huge nerd, and criticizing things we love is literally just sort of a past time for most us.
Pegg put up a post on his personal site to explain the comments (and he does a pretty good job of it), but buried in that wall of text is one important thing that’d be easy to miss.
What is that? Well, it’s title of the next Star Trek film.
Pegg is, of course, one of the writers of the upcoming third Abramsverse Star Trek film, which we’ve jokingly called Star Trek 3ish around here. Well, no more — because now we can refer to it by its proper title: Star Trek Beyond.
The Beyond title has been rumored for about a month now, but this is the first official confirmation of it. It’s not terrible, and it continues the attempts to grammatically fit the Star Trek franchise name into phrases awkwardly begun by Star Trek into Darkness.
Star Trek Beyond should hit theaters July 8, 2016.
The third Abramsverse (we need a better name for that) Star Trek film, or as we call it around here “Star Trek 3ish,” has had an interesting road to production — the incredible drama involving Robert Orci most notably. Because of that, we felt like reporting on a rumor that, frankly, cheers me up insanely.
Variety is now reporting that Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3ish.
Now this may end up meaning nothing – early talks could fall through and this may not happen. But for this brief moment, we can imagine the wonderfulness that is Idris Elba appearing in a Star Trek film. We can fantasize about his gravitas being brought to the next major villain in the franchise. There is a light shining in the darkness.
Well, several — Simon Pegg is writing the script after all. Frankly, since Orci’s ousting prospects have actually looked pretty good for this film.
So yes, there’s a chance we’ll get to see Idris Elba in another franchise.