On Friday, after a long wait, the geeky comedy Fanboys finally hits theaters. The road trip film about Star Wars fans traveling across country to Skywalker Ranch also has some Star Trek elements, not the least of which is a cameo from William Shatner. So TrekMovie decided to check in with director Kyle Newman to find out why Trekkies should see Fanboys. We also have an exclusive image of the Trekkies in Fanboys.
Set in 1998, Fanboys tells the story of a group of Star Wars fans who travel across the country to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace before its release. They are doing this to be the first ‘fanboys’ to see the film and because one of the friends is dying of cancer and wants to see it before he dies. During the road trip the gang have a number of encounters, including a couple of run-ins with Trekkies (featuring a fight scene complete with lirpas). The friends also eventually get some help from William Shatner, playing (of course) William Shatner.
William Shatner in clip from ‘Fanboys’
The film’s cast is mostly unknowns, but one of the core friends is played by Kristen Bell (aka Veronica Mars). There are also a number of big genre cameos including Bill Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith and the aforementioned William Shatner. Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Superbad) plays the leader of the Trekkies ‘Admiral Seasholtz’ who the Star Wars fanboys have to face down on their travels.
Fanboys Director talks Trek
Fanboys was directed by indie film maker Kyle Newman, who is clearly Star Wars fan. The film pokes some good matured fun as it shows the ongoing ‘battle’ of Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans, but according to the director, it is all from love. TrekMovie spoke briefly with Newman about the Star Trek that is inside Fanboys.
TrekMovie: Obviously you are a Star Wars fanboy, but are you also a Trekkie?
Kyle Newman: I am a Trekkie, or Trekkier. I’ve seen all of the films and am a huge fan of the Original and Next Generation series. I was even a member of Starfleet growing up and loved watching the Star Trek marathons on TV. I collect the old Gold Key comics too. And I am immensely excited for JJ Abrams’ new Trek. The cast that he’s assembled is incredible! Zachary Quinto is a friend and I am so excited that he is playing Spock!
TrekMovie: So why should Trekkies see Fanboys?
Kyle Newman: Trekkies should see Fanboys because there is more William Shatner in our film than the new Star Trek movie! The man’s a legend and it was honor for him to grace our set. And Seth Rogen plays the world’s biggest Trekker. You can’t go wrong there. He’s also a fellow Trekker in real life along with cast-mate Jay Baruchel. It’s good clean sci-fi franchise banter!
Theatrical Trailer for ‘Fanboys’
Teaser Trailer (includes clip of confrontation with Trekkies)
In select theaters Friday
Fanboys opens on Friday February 6th at select theaters in the US. More info at the official site, and see the widget below for a list of cities and theaters.