ET reporter Kevin Frazier was invited by the makers of “Star Trek Beyond” who provided quite a few interesting nuggets of information about the new film and spoilers too.
Actor Chris Pine, who returns to play the role of Captain James T. Kirk from J.J. Abrams’ revamped “Star Trek” in 2009, showed Frazier the new weapons bay aboard the USS Enterprise. The Enterprise was stacked with brand new and sleeker Phaser guns.
Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, pointed out that there will be effects of aging on the Enterprise as they are “two years into the mission.”
Asked about the uniform, Urban added that they have tried paying homage to the original 1960s “Star Trek” TV series, especially because it’s the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” and they’re celebrating it with the release of “Star Trek Beyond” on July 22 this year.
“It’s a little retro, which I like,” Urban said of the suits’ look and texture. “The designers have done a wonderful job of, you know, giving a lovely nod to, uh, Star Trek’s past,” he said.
However, the most interesting information revealed in the interview was that Sulu has a child; a daughter whose lovely photo is carefully placed on a corner of the controls console.
Actor John Cho adds that in the beginning of the movie, all the characters are homesick, having been away from earth for two years. Sulu’s longing for his little baby, which is why he’s brought the picture of his child to his console as it helps heal his “heartache” somewhat. Cho adds though that it’s an “unprofessional” thing to do, because “it’s in the way of the buttons.” However, he puts up the picture towards the camera and says “She’s a cutie.”
“There is another revelation you’ll find out with regards to this baby, but that, you’ll have to wait to see in the movie,” says Cho.
Production is also quite secretive on the set of the new movie. Karl Urban said that extra security measures were put into place to ensure that nobody would leak the script out.
“We got red scripts that have our names printed on them,” Urban revealed. “There are specific spelling mistakes incorporated into each draft so that if it were to get out, they could still track it back to whose script it was.”
The security around the sets of this highly anticipated movie is quite understandable. Fans had issues with Khan’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) reveal in “Star Trek: Into Darkness” which happened quite late into the film. Even the reaction to the latest trailer of “Beyond” was not very encouraging for the filmmakers.
Simon Pegg, who is credited as a writer of the new movie, spoke to HeyUGuys about the negative reaction to the trailer and said there’s more depth in the movie than what the trailer shows.
“I didn’t love it, because I know there’s a lot more to the film. There’s a lot more story, and a lot more character stuff, and a lot more of what I would call ‘Star Trek stuff.’ But, you know, they’ve got to bring a big audience in, they’ve got to bang the drum. So to Star Trek fans, I’d say hang in there, be patient,” he added.
It seems the alarm need not be rung just yet. There’s plenty of exciting stuff for “Star Trek” fans to discover once the movie releases.