Simon Pegg Wasn’t Happy With the ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer
Star Trek fans are hard to please. Even though J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek from 2009 revitalized the old franchise with new energy and a great cast, some Trekkers felt it pushed the franchise too far from its roots in harder, more intellectual sci-fi. And then Star Trek Into Darkness came along and was even more poorly received by the die-hards; one particularly unhappy bunch at a Star Trek convention named it the worst film in the entire series. (If you’ve seen every movie in the franchise, you know just how insulting that is.)
Abrams is gone now, off doing a small arthouse film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Trek devotees are still on edge about the next film, Star Trek Beyond, anyway. Abrams’ replacement is Justin Lin, the director of four Fast & Furious movies. As a Fast & Furious fan and a Star Trek fan, I think it’s great news. But Lin certainly isn’t from the “harder, more intellectual sci-fi” crowd; he’s from the jumping-cars-out-of-airplanes crowd. And when the first Star Trek Beyond trailer debuted (that’s it up there at the top of the post), a lot of Trekkies felt like their worst fears for the franchise were confirmed. Gone was any high-minded philosophy or exploration. All that was left was action, action, action.
But Simon Pegg, who stars in the film as Scotty and also co-wrote the Beyond screenplay, says that’s not true. Speaking with the website HeyUGuys at the premiere of The Force Awakens, Pegg spoke frankly about his reaction to the Star Trek Beyond trailer. His thoughts? It’s not great, Bob!
I found [the trailer] to be the marketing people sort of saying, ‘Everybody come and see this film, it’s full of action and fun,’ when there’s a lot more to it than that. 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 what I would call ‘Star Trek stuff.’
So fear not, Star Trek nerds who want nerdier Star Trek. Simon Pegg hears you and agrees with you, and he says you’re going to get what you want. The trailer, he told HeyUGuys, is just the way it is because “they’ve got to bring a big audience in, they’ve got to bang a drum.” And he had a simple message for those unhappy fans: “Be patient.”
What, no live long and prosper? Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22, 2016.