Beau Billingslea, Captain Abbott of the USS Bradbury in Star Trek Into Darkness, will co-star in the seventh episode of fan series Star Trek Continues. TrekMovie is also able to announce that the episode will be titled “Embracing the Winds” and features Billingslea as Vulcan Vice Admiral Stomm.
TrekMovie has learned that the title of episode seven will be “Embracing the Winds” and that a familiar face will be playing a “significant role” in the plot of the story. Trekkies may know Beau Billingslea as Captain Abbott of the USS Bradbury from his portrayal of that role in the previous JJ film Star Trek Into Darkness. “[Vulcan Star Fleet Vice Admiral Stomm] is indeed integral to the plot,” Billingslea told TrekMovie. “I’m very proud to have earned my ears!”
We talked to Billingslea about his new vulcan character, experiences working with the STC crew, and his thoughts on working on Into Darkness.
“The commitment of the volunteers was astonishing. People flew in from all over the country to unselfishly volunteer their time and talents. It was heartwarming to be part of such a labor of love. I can’t praise Vic [Mignogna] enough for making STC happen!”
We asked Billingslea, “What was it like walking the halls of the original Enterprise, and how does it compare to your work on the JJ Abrams film?”
“When I first arrived on the set, Vic gave me a tour of the Enterprise. Walking the halls of the detailed replica of the original Enterprise was a profound experience for me. It took me back to the late 60’s and sent me to an emotional place. That was a highly charged time due to the Vietnam War and the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Walking the bridge also brought up flashes of various original scenes with Captain Kirk. Cool Stuff.
The emotional impact of Star Trek Into Darkness was understandably different, for obvious reasons. Working with JJ Abrams, Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Peter Weller and Bruce Greenwood was fun. JJ has a great clarity of vision and the ability to communicate that vision to the actors, not unlike Vic Mignogna. That is a blessing for an actor and makes the collaborative effort a joy!”
Beau’s career spans stage, screen, television and voice overs. He appears as Captain Abbott of the USS Bradbury in Star Trek: Into Darkness. His other sci-fi feature films include The Blob, My Favorite Martian, Leprechaun in the Hood, and Halloween H2O.
In the voice world, Beau has voiced a multitude of characters including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotmon in Digimon, Michael in Argentosoma, Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain, Gohei in Rurouni Kenshin, Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II and many others. He continues to voice The Fourth Raikage and Homura in the animated series Naruto. He voices Abraham Douglas in the soon-to- be-released animated feature War of the Worlds: Goliath. He has narrated several series on The History channel including Suicide Missions, Hero Ships and Modern Marvels.
He’s voiced characters in such video games as Safari Outlaws, Dynasty Warriors, Zino, Breakdown, Ace Combat 5 and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
Crowdfunding Episode 7 Post Production and More
Fan series Star Trek Continues is currently in post-production on “Embracing the Winds”, with episode six, “Come Not Between Dragons”, completed and scheduled to debut at FedCon Germany on May 13th.
The group is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund the remaining post-production of “Embracing the Winds” and to produce three more episodes of the series. Of course, with the ongoing litigation between Paramount/CBS and successfully crowdfunded Star Trek fan film Axanar, other fan productions are feeling the effects of a now trepidatious donor base. Head of Star Trek Continues Vic Mignogna told TrekMovie that they have received “numerous messages stating fans are afraid to donate [to STC] due to the CBS lawsuit.” But, he adds that fans “have no reason to believe we will have any troubles. We are in compliance with every request CBS legal has made of us and will continue to be so.”
Star Trek Continues and the Webby Awards
Meanwhile, Star Trek Continues is up for a Webby Award, which honors online content voted on by fans. At the time of writing, STC is crushing it in the Online Film and Video: Long form or series drama category with 51% of the vote. Voting continues through April 21st and is free with login.